Spicy Tomato Curry / Tomato che Saar


Saar means thin, hot, sweet and sour curry that is served hot with rice. This light and flavoured curry tastes great even as is and is soothing too.



  • 6 tomatoes cut into cubes
  • 1/4 th piece of beetroot, skin peeled and cut into cubes(optional, but it gives a nice colour as well as adds flavour to the saar)
  • 6 pods of garlic
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger
  • 1 to 2 green chillies (as per spice required)
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 to 5 curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to taste ( depending on the sourness of tomatoes)
  • 1 to 2 coarsely crushed black pepper (optional)
  • Coriander leaves finely chopped to garnish


  • In a deep pan add chopped tomatoes, beetroot, 11/2 cups water and boil it till the tomatoes are soft.Let the mix cool. Grind the mixture and pass the puree through a strainer adding little water.
  • Grind ginger,garlic,green chilly to a smooth paste. Add this paste to the strained tomato beetroot puree and stir well.Add black pepper(optional), sugar and salt and water if required to get the desired consistency and bring to a boil on low heat.
  • Top it with a tempering of cumin seeds,asafoetida and curry leaves in ghee. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot as an accompaniment with rice and also tastes great as is.


  • Adding beetroot gives a very rich colour to the saar and it is healthy too.
  • Adding fresh black pepper is optional but it gives an extra dash of spice and flavour to the saar.
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