If there is one thing which is common in my family regarding food is, I should say it is tomato saaru. There is no “NO” to this deliciousness. Sometimes on weekends, before I begin my lunch preparation my question would be “What would you all like to have for lunch?” Then probably I would know the answer. It would be surely Rice, tomato saaru and some veggie stirfry. No fancy orders !! No new cravings!! What a simple meal demand after all. All simple right?
My son who is a fussy eater, also loves to eat the meal when I prepare tomato saaru. Otherwise, it is very difficult to please him with curries and stir-fries. He is so reluctant to all such stuff and prefers to eat plain curd rice on such days. But Udupi saaru does all the magic, he adores and loves it to his hearts content.
The perfect taste of this rice side dish is due to the spice powder (saarina pudi), tamarind and jaggery. When these three things are put together in right proportion in to this Saaru, then absolutely delicious rice – combo will be ready.
In Udupi Shri Krishna Temple, every day feast is served for lunch to all the visiting devotees. And the divine tasting Udupi Saaru is to be tasted there in the temple. It’s amazingly super but unlike explained here there will be no tomatoes. Tomatoes are prohibited in all food prepared in Udupi temple. Surprising but it’s true. There are many veggies in this list which are forbidden in the temple though used in many households. If you ever visit this temple, don’t miss the feast served there. It’s scrumptious enough to be remembered for life time. So Udupi saaru for you guys to try at your home! Just get in friends!