ಮೆಣಸು ಜೀರಿಗೆ ಸಾರು – Menasu Jeerige Saaru

My Daughter Sneha suffered from severe cold, cough and fever last week before she left to College. She had sore throat and kept asking me to make ಮೆಣಸು ಜೀರಿಗೆ ಸಾರು – Menasu Jeerige Saaru for three straight days. I made the Saaru with Toor dal one day and Moong dal the next two days. This really helps in soothing your throat and feels really good when you have fever as well. And as we all know, both ಮೆಣಸು Menasu and ಜೀರಿಗೆ   Jeerige has medicinal values. You can eat this saaru with rice, or drink it like a soup. Simple, quick and easy.

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Toor dal or Moong dal (ತೊಗರಿ ಬೇಳೆ or ಹೆಸರು ಬೇಳೆ )
  • 2 tsp each black pepper and Jeera (ಮೆಣಸು ಜೀರಿಗೆ )
  • 1-2 green chillies (ಹಸಿ ಮೆಣಸಿನಕಾಯಿ ) – Optional
  • 5-6 Curry Leaves (ಕರಬೇವು )
  • Pinch of Turmeric (ಅರಿಶಿನ )
  • For seasoning : Oil, mustard seeds, Hing (ಎಣ್ಣೆ , ಸಾಸಿವೆ , ಇಂಗು )
  • Salt to taste (ರುಚಿಗೆ ತಕ್ಕಷ್ಟು ಉಪ್ಪು )
  • 1 Tomato (Optional)

Method:

  • Pressure cook Toor dal or Moong dal (ತೊಗರಿ ಬೇಳೆ or ಹೆಸರು ಬೇಳೆ ) with enough water.
  • Fry black pepper and Jeera (ಮೆಣಸು ಜೀರಿಗೆ ) for 3-4 minutes. Make sure they don’t burn.
  • Grind the fried black pepper and Jeera (ಮೆಣಸು ಜೀರಿಗೆ ).
  • Take a thick bottomed pan, make the seasoning, add Turmeric (ಅರಿಶಿನ ), curry leaves, tomato and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the ground black pepper and Jeera (ಮೆಣಸು ಜೀರಿಗೆ ) powder.
  • Add cooked dal and salt to taste.
  • Allow it to boil.
  • Serve with Rice.
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6 responses to this post.

  1. Nice. Instead of tomato, tamarind juice can also be used. This is one of the innumerable variety of saaru.

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  2. Posted by Pooja Shankar on January 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Variation:Don’t get me wrong. Back home my mom never used garlic coz we are brahmins. When I got married and came to this country my cooking got messed up listening to everybody’s receipes. For this If you grate ginger while boiling and also little bit a tinge of garlic tastes good as well as your cold gets cured faster. It should boil well that aroma hmmm…tastes so good.

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    • Posted by meeraghu on January 17, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      I have never used garlic in Saaru or any other daily dishes. I don’t really enjoy the taste of Garlic since I have not eaten it in my household.
      But, sounds like a good idea for those who are used to garlic.

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  3. Posted by Pooja Shankar on January 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Me too never use garlic for saaru. But this is one exception you should try if you want your cold to cure. If you don’t like the taste of gariic then atleast ginger and boil well. Ginger and garlic has lot of medicinal value.

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