Goji Berry Saaru (Rasam)!!

My husband picked up Dried Goji Berries and I was thinking of what to make with them. They have a sweet and tart taste to it. So I thought why not try making Saaru or Rasam with it. And we loved it!!

What you’ll need:

  • Toor Dal – 1/2 cup
  • Dried Goji Berries – 2 tbsp
  • Cilantro – a few sprigs

Saaru/Rasam Paste Ingredients:

  • Black Pepper – 1 tsp
  • Red Chili Pepper – 2
  • Cloves – 1/4 tsp
  • Cinnamon Stick – 1 inch bit
  • Coriander Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Methi Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste

Note: Rasam Powder can be used as well. Just add the pureed Goji Berries in that case.


1. Soak the Goji Berries for about 1/2 hour. In the meantime, cook the Toor dal until mushy.

2. Dry roast very lightly the Rasam Paste ingredients. Grind to a smooth paste along with the soaked Goji Berries.

3. Add the Saaru/Rasam and Goji Berry paste to the Toor dal, add about a cup of water and boil on medium low for about 5 to 7 minutes. Adjust the Salt.

4.  Add more water as needed to get the Saaru/Rasam consistency and bring to one final boil. Top with chopped Cilantro.2017-04-02_13-03-30_308

Enjoy with hot steamed rice with ghee or drink as soup!!

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