Ganji Saaru, Ganji Rasam, Thili Saaru/Rasam made from rice starch.
Bachelors, this recipe is perfect for you. Survive on congee almost every day of the week? Spend 2 more minutes in the kitchen to make this delicious thili saaru/rasam using rice starch. Steaming hot rice, this rasam, a pickle is all that you’ll need to make a delicious lunch, dinner. It’s sour from yoghurt/buttermilk used, onions add a nice crunch & cumin seasoning adds a wonderful flavour to this rasam.
It’s comforting too. Recipes based on yoghurt are heartwarming, especially during summers.
Wondering what is thili saaru? In Kannada thili saaru roughly means watery rasam/stew. This rice starch rasam is more popularly known as ganji saaru. Ganji in Kannada is the water (starch) drained after cooking rice.
One day, two tweeps on Twitter, Avinav Beloor & Anushree Sp on Twitter were discussing a thili saaru made from rice starch. Thanks a million to Avinav Beloor I found this frugal, good old recipe, also known as ukku thili saaru. These guys then told me it's a very old Brahmin community recipe that’s becoming a rare thing with the use of pressure cookers. I had never heard of this saaru & these guys happily gave me the recipe. I gave it a try that very day, as it’s super easy & quick to make. OMG! It was so delicious I gulped down whole of this saaru. Yup, I drank it. :) I do that every time I make this rasam now. Don't you think you should give this saaru a try?
And I wondered if this saaru gets thick as rice starch cools down, it doesn’t. Still wondering what does curds/buttermilk do to rice starch, that it doesn’t thicken on cooling down!
P.S: You can use any kind of rice to make this saaru. Brown rice, white rice or basmati.
I just admire the way people in earlier days used to cook. Anything simple could be turned into a delicious dish. And nothing went waste. They valued every bit of edible stuff on this planet. :)
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cooking Time: Zero, provided you have the rice starch.
Cooking rice & obtaining the rice starch - 20-25 minutes
Cooking rice & obtaining rice starch:
Seasoning & preparing saaru from rice starch:
1. Serve this delicious saaru with steaming hot rice. A pickle on the side.
2. Or with some spicy, crispy, buttermilk chillies.
3. Spring onions dipped in a spicy mango pickle go very well with rice & this rasam. Or serve them with this spicy onion-coconut chutney.
4. Any spicy side goes well with this ganji saaru for lunch, dinner. Few of the side dishes you could make are:
Spicy potato sidedish (Batate Song , Potato and onion in spicy red masala),
Cabbage, potato masala (Cabbage Batate Sukke),
Cluster Beans Masala (Mitke Sanga Sukke) etc.
Here’s another variation of this ganji rasam you could try.
Tags: Ganji Saaru, Ukku thili saaru, Brahmin recipe, traditional recipe, thili saaru made from rice starch.