Cook's Hideout: Mysore Kattina Saaru

January 17, 2016

Mysore Kattina Saaru

Blogging Marathon# 60: Week 3/ Day 1
Theme: Regional Specials
Dish: Mysone Kattina Saaru
We are starting 3rd week of blogging marathon today and my theme for the week is 'Regional Specials'. I chose Mysore as my region and I have 3 delicious dishes from there.
Simple Toor dal Saaru
Vani who blogs at Mysoorean has a ton of authentic dishes from Mysore. After a lot of browsing on her site, I found this simple dal recipe that only needed few ingredients which was perfect because I only had a couple of veggies left in the fridge and it was time to go grocery shopping.

The chaaru that I make at home usually has tamarind in it but this one has lemon juice instead. It is a quick and easy dish that is homey and comforting.

Recipe adapted from Mysoorean:
Mysore Kattina Saaru
  • ½cup Toor dal
  • ½tsp Turmeric
  • 1tsp Oil
  • 1tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1tsp Cumin seeds
  • ¼tsp Asafoetida
  • 8~10 Curry leaves
  • 2~3 Green Chilies
  • 2tbsp Lemon juice
  • To taste Salt
  1. If you have time, soak toor dal for 30~40 minutes. Pressure cook with enough water until very tender.
  2. Add 1~11/2cups of water and whisk the cooked dal until smooth. Add the turmeric and salt to dal.
  3. Heat oil in a small pan, add mustard and cumin seeds, once the seeds start to splutter add asafoetida, green chilies and curry leaves.
  4. Add the tempering to the dal mixture. Finally stir in the lemon juice and serve with some hot steamed rice.
Simple toor dal saaru

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 60.


  1. Vani's space is indeed a treasure trove ! this kattina saaru is soooo comforting we make it with a combo of moong and toor :)

  2. This is one such simple and comforting dhal..

  3. Very simple and coforting dal.Love that brass bowl.

  4. Vani's space is a treasure for many authentic dishes, this kattina saaru looks ultimate and lipsmacking one.

  5. Love this simple and delicious dal..

  6. We make this often but didn't know it has a specific name :) Simple and comforting.

  7. Such a simple and comforting dal !

  8. Love this. So simple yet tasty!!

  9. There is a dal recipe in every state in India. I like the simplicity of this one.


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