Monday, April 25, 2011

Tanni Saar (Sweet Leaf In Dhal Gravy)

Tanni Saar. A runny watery Indian dal curry/gravy (Sambar/Indian Dhal Curry) and the two prominent ingredients are? Obviously, we need dal/lentil and the other is tausi murunga keerai/sayur manis/sweet leaf. We are doing fine up to now right? Of course. Making of Tanni Saar? The know how? Get going to the recipe (Dalca/Dhal Mutton Curry) please. 

1 cup yellow dhal
1 tsp turmeric/kunyit powder
Water - as needed
** Add all these ingredients into a pot, simmer to soften dal.

Other Ingredients
5 shallots - gently crush
5 garlic - gently crush
2 cups thin coconut milk (more for more gravy)
1 bunch of sweet leaves - 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 chillies, curry leaves and mustard seeds.
Stir and tip into dal mixture.
Pour in 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.


  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.

    1. Yes, tamil traditional food... now days people forget all this food... pijja burger addicted

  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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