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Tomato Saar

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Serves: 2-4 people

Authenticity Slice

Use fresh tomatoes and don’t pressure cook them for more than five minutes. You can also sieve the tomato mixture.

Trivia Tadka

Tomato saar is a tangy pungent comfort food, quintessential during Maharashtrian festivals. In this recipe, tomato is paired with coconut and then tempered with spices.


  • Tomato (6-8)
  • Coconut (nariyal), grated (1/2 cup)
  • Jaggery (gur) (1 tbsp)
  • MTR Lal Mirch/Red Chilli Powder (1 tsp)
  • Clarified butter (Ghee) (2 tbsp)
  • Mustard (sarson) (1 tsp)
  • Cumin seeds (jeera) (1 tsp)
  • Asafoetida (hing) (pinch)
  • Red chilies, broken into pieces (1-2)
  • Curry leaves, chopped (5-6)


  • Cook the tomatoes in a pressure cooker till they are soft.
  • Once they cool down, peel off the skin.
  • Using a little water, grind the coconut to make a fine paste.
  • Now, add the tomatoes to the coconut paste. Mix and grind well. They should blend together.
  • Transfer the paste to a pan. Heat it. Add water, gud, salt and MTR Lal Mirch/Red Chilli Powder.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Heat ghee in a kadhai and add sarson and jeera.
  • As soon as they start spluttering, add hing, kadi patta and red chilli pieces.
  • Switch off the gas and immediately pour the tempering on the coconut mixture.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped hara dhania and serve hot.

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