Kokum Saaru version – 1

             Kokum being a native of the western ghats is very much used in Mangalorean GSB  cooking ..It imparts a tangy flavour and also can be used for colouring too .Besides being packed with numerous health benefits ..it can be used to make Sherbaths , Kadis & Saarus ..Here is one such saaru recipe that my mother had dictated to me !

Ingredients :-

  • Dried Kokum – 8 pieces
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Jaggery grated – 1 tbsp or more as per taste
  • Salt as per taste
  • Coconut grated – 3 tbsps
  • Green chillies  –   4 or as per taste
  • Coriander seeds -1 tbsp
  • Jeera – 1/2 tbsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves -10
  • Coriander leaves – Chopped – 1 tbsp

Method :-

  1. Boil together the kokum pieces , water , salt & jaggery.
  2. Grind together the Coconut , green chillies . Coriander seeds and jeera into a smooth paste adding enough water.
  3. Add this paste to the boiling water, stir, boil for some 2-3 minutes and switch off the gas.
  4. Give a tempering of oil, mustard and curry leaves. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  5. Keep it covered for 15 minutes before using so that the flavour of curry leaves and chopped coriander leaves get well incorporated .

This is a very old recipe with a tangy, sweet and hot flavour.  Here is a picture of kokum, dried ones.

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