South Indies: Kokum Saar

Monday, January 11, 2010

I wasn't very familiar with dishes made out of kokum before my wedding. I wasn't aware of anything beyond Kokum Sherbet. After my wedding, Shankar's grandmom introduced me to a variety of kokum dishes.

Kokum Saar is one such dish I really fell in love it. If you are aware of the many health benefits that kokum has to offer, I am sure this would be on your menu.

I love this saar mainly because its very light. If you've had a heavy lunch/dinnernat your favorite restaurant, then this is perfect for you.

Kokum Saar 2

You Will Need:

  • 8 - 10 dried kokum
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 tsp grated jaggery
  • 3 dry red chillies
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp desi ghee
  • Salt as per taste

How To:

  • Soak dried kokum in warm water for about 30 minutes. Extract juice & discard dry skin
  • In a heavy bottomed vessel, add kokum extract, 3 -4 cups of water & bring to a boil.
  • To this, add grated jaggery & salt as per taste. If the saar turns out too strong or is tangy, add more water.Bring it to a rolling boil & turn off the gas.
  • Temper with mustard seeds, red chillies & curry leaves.

Serve HOT with rice or if you prefer to gulp it down, even better .. Enjoi !!

Kokum Saar

I love this with plain steamed rice. If I've had a heavy meal, then this is usually my lunch the next day. Makes me feel light ...

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