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obattu saaru

Being from Karnataka , i want ” Cook with Smile ” to be one stop destination for most of the Karnataka cuisine . So today i’ll share recipe of one more authentic Karnataka Dish ” Holige Saaru / Obbattu Saaru ” . This post is long pending one. When i had posted holige recipe some time back.. many of you had requested to share holige rasam recipe too. I had actually planned to post both back to back ,but some how lost step by step pics of saaru. Re did it for Varamahalakshmi festival and posting it today so that you guys can try it for gowri habba . Obbattu Saaru, little ghee, Rice is one awesome combination….!!! How many agree ?

I am sure people from other states would be wondering what this obbattu saaru means ? It actually is a special type of rasam made using water strained from the cooked chana dal used for stuffing pooran poli or holige  The separated dal is used to make poli and water goes to rasam . This recipe is almost same to my bassaru .Since usually puran poli ( holige / obbattu ) is made for festivals, this holige saaru too has become a festive dish made usually in Karntaka on Ugadi / varamahalakshmi / Gowri festival . Hey wait .. that doesn’t mean to relish this rasam you have to do puran poli always. You can do by cooking little channa dal specially and relish whenever you crave for it . Here you go…

obattu saaru


Smitha Kalluraya
Course Side Dish
Cuisine karnataka
Servings 4 serving


  • 1 cup Bengal Gram /Chana Dal
  • 1 - 2 slit Green Chilli
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • lemon size Tamarind, soaked in water
  • goosberry ( amla ) size Jaggery
  • to taste Salt
  • Coriander leaves

To grind ( Masala ) 

  • 2 tsp Rasam powder
  • 1 tsp Poppy seeds / khus khus
  • 3 - 4 tbsps coconut, grated
  • 1 - 2 tbsps Cooked Chana Dal, (based on the thickness you want)


  • 1 - 2 tsps Ghee
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • Curry Leaves, - few
  • a pinch Asafoetida/ hing


  • Wash chanadal ,add about 4-5 cup water and pressure cook for about 2 whistles . Dal should be almost cooked but should hold its shape .It should not become mushy. Turn off the heat.
  • Once the cooker cools , strain cooked dal over a strainer and seperate dal from water completely .Reserve this water to make holige saaru and dal goes to holige. Just keep aside 1-2 tbsp of cooked dal to grind for rasam .
  • Now lets prepare masala. In a mixer jar , take grated coconut , 1-2 tbsp cooked chana dal ,poppy seeds and rasam powder. Add some water and grind to a smooth paste .
  • make obattu saaru
  • Next to the chana dal broth ( water ) add ground masala , slit green chilli , salt ,jaggery and tamarind pulp .Keep on flame to boil . Mix well and add water to get the desired consistency .
  • Allow it to boil .Switch off .Garnish with chopped coriander leaves .
  • Finally prepare tempering.Take a small kadai . Add ghee , mustard seeds . Allow the mustard to splutter . add hing and curry leaves .Switch off  and pour it over obbattu saaru
  • Serve hot rasam with steamed rice or ragi mudde .


  1. Since  i usually make it for festivals , i dont add onion - garlic . But if you want you can add a medium sized onion while brinding and garlic to tempering instead of hing . Gives nice taste .
  2. This rasam will be slightly thicker when compared to the normal rasams . And also it will be bit spicy, sour and sweet .. all balanced perfectly .
  3. few people make puranpoli / holige with tuvar dal .In that case to make this rasam , follow same recipe just replace dal type.
  4. This rasam tastes good when fresh . and Surprisingly , it

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  • Reply
    Sony P
    September 11, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Looks so tempting !!

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    Dhivya Rangarajan
    September 12, 2015 at 2:55 am

    Excellent dish i tried @me n came out well ????good job smitha for your step by step pics ????

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    marudhus kitchen
    September 12, 2015 at 8:06 am

    this looks awesome dear

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    Rafeeda AR
    September 13, 2015 at 7:52 am

    This looks so similar to rasam… I wouldn’t mind having a glass of it as it is! Love that you are focusing on Kannada food… keep up the good work… 🙂

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