Bili saaru recipe | How to make hesarubele tomato saru | Moong dal tomato lemon rasam

By Latha on July 27th, 2017

hesaru bele bili saaru or mung dal tomato rasam

Malnad style bili saaru or moong dal tomato rasam recipe explained with step by step pictures. Bili saaru or mung dal, tomato and lemon rasam is prepared using green gram dal, coconut, tomato, green chili and lemon. Hesarubele bili saru or moong dal rasam is very tasty, healthy and goes very well with rice.

This Malnad style hesaru bele bili saaru or mung dal tomato rasam is sour, a bit spicy, filled with lemon flavour and a very good appetizer. Especially when you are down with cold and fever...this rasam is very soothing and comforting. I have few more recipes using green gram like green gram salad (hesaru bele kosambari), green gram dal payasa (hesaru bele payasa), green gram curry and green gram sprouts salad.

There is another simple version of this hesarubele saaru or mung dal rasam, which is not having tomato in it. Do read that also.

If you are looking for more rasam recipes then do check Doddapathre rasam, Udupi rasam, cowpea rasam and fenugreek seed rasam, upsaaru, Mango rasam, avarekalu saaru and sabsige soppu (dill leaves) rasam recipes.

Bili saaru or moong dal rasam

Preparation time: 5 min
Cooking time: 20 min
Serves: 1.5 litre

Ingredients: (measuring cup used = 240ml)

  1. 1/4 cup green gram dal or mung dal or hesarubele
  2. 1 big tomato
  3. A big pinch of turmeric
  4. 2 tsp lemon juice (or as per your taste)
  5. Salt as per your taste
  6. 1 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  7. 1.5 ltr of water

Ingredients for grinding:

  1. 2 green chili (adjust as per your spice level)
  2. 1/2 cup grated coconut
  3. 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  4. 1/4 tsp cumin seeds

Ingredients for tempering:

  1. 1 red chili
  2. 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  3. 1/4 tsp jeera or cumin seeds
  4. One big pinch hing or asafoetida
  5. 4 - 5 curry leaves
  6. 2 tsp cooking oil

Instructions for making bili saaru or moong dal rasam:

  1. Rinse and cook green gram dal until soft by adding required water, few drops of oil and a big pinch of turmeric. I cooked dal in a pressure cooker by making 2 whistles.rinse and cook green gram dal for hesaru bele bili saaru or mung dal tomato rasam
  2. Add in finely chopped tomato, little salt and cook until tomatoes are soft and mushy. I cooked it by making 2 more whisltes.tomato for hesaru bele bili saaru or mung dal tomato rasam
  3. Grind coconut, green chilies, cumin seeds and mustard seeds until smooth using a mixer grinder.masala for hesaru bele bili saaru or mung dal tomato rasam
  4. Add in ground paste into the cooker, which has cooked green gram dal and tomato.ground masala for hesaru bele bili saaru or mung dal tomato rasam
  5. Add in required salt and water.salt for hesaru bele bili saaru or mung dal tomato rasam
  6. Bring it to boil, add in chopped corinader leaves and switch off the stove.boiling hesaru bele bili saaru or mung dal tomato rasam
  7. Next add in lemon juice.lemon juice for hesaru bele bili saaru or mung dal tomato rasam
  8. Temper it with oil, red chili, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida. Serve it with hot steaming rice.tempering hesaru bele bili saaru or mung dal tomato rasam

Dear reader, We have a Kannada version of this recipe. Click here to read this recipe in Kannada.

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