Monday, April 25, 2011

Tanni Saar (Sweet Leaf In Dhal Gravy)

Similar to Sambar (Indian Dhal Curry), tanni saar is made with dhal/lentil. Just that its a light runny gravy with sweet leaf/cekur manis/tausa murungai keerai (see picture below) and coconut milk. The ingredients for both the dishes are almost the same except as said, the leaves signify the mild sweetness and coconut milk for the creaminess in tanni saar.

1 cup yellow dhal
1 tsp turmeric/kunyit powder
Water - as needed
** Add all these ingredients into a pot, simmer until the dhal is soft.

Other Ingredients
5 shallots - gently crushed
5 garlic - gently crushed
2 cups thin coconut milk (more for more gravy)
1 bunch of cekur manis/sweet leaf - pluck the leaves out
3 dried red chillies
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 sprigs curry leaves
Lime juice - as needed
2 tbsp of oil
Salt for taste

When oil is heated, sauté shallots and garlic, after which add in the chillies,curry leaves and mustard seeds.
Stir and tip into the dhal mixture.
Pour in the coconut milk and add the leaves.

Stir and simmer to soften leaves. 
Season with salt and pour in lime juice.
Stir and remove from heat.
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  1. have to soak the dhall seed first or not?

  2. We always love the leafy veggies. Lots of palak, lettuce, and keera to keeps us healthy. We are tired of Sambar in Chennai. I mean you get it everywhere but you get the best sambar in Chennai tho.

  3. Is this a traditional Indian dish? Never seen in restaurant before.

  4. This dish looks so healthy and yummy! I'll definitely look for sweet leaf the next time I go to the Asian store so I can try this!

  5. hi nava. i always love pucuk manis too. i can eat this veggies twice a week and its very nutritous too. may be i try out your recipe this evening. Looking forward

  6. Kucing - Australian dhal does not need to be soaked as boiling is good enough soften.

    Sailor - yeh, heard plenty about the sambar in Chennai from my hubby.

    ChehCheh - its actually quite common to find this at Indian Restaurants.

    Tina - my friend in US grows this veg in her garden.

    Maznah - surely its nutritious.

  7. This is my childhood food. My dad used to cook this back then! maybe I could and cook this for him now. thanks for sharing dear!

  8. This is new for me. It looks healthy and yummy. I will try it out. Yum yum :)


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