Chaaru | How to make Chaaru

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ByTanuja G
Created on 24th Nov 2015
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About Chaaru

Chaaru is a stew made with diluted tamarind extract. This is different from rasam. Rasam, usually has dal in it and many other spices. Charu is a comparatively simpler dish. Rasam is to AP and TN. Charu is to Telangana and Karnataka. Chaaru is usually tangy/sour and a little sweet in taste. Ripe tamarind, raw tamarind, raw mangoes are commonly used to make charu, though the last two are seasonal ones. The recipe is the same for these. Except that the raw varieties needs to be boiled before extracing its juices. Else, for the regular tamarind, soaking would suffice. Also, during winter season, a generous pinch of crushed black pepper or a generous pinch of dry ginger powder is added. These two give heat to the body and helps maintain body temperature during winters. Accordingly the name of the charu varies. If black pepper is used, it is miriyala charu and if sonth is used, it is sonti charu. Both these are made from raw tamarind.

Chaaru, a marvellous creation to spice up your day. Chaaru is one dish that no matter how much the stomach might be full, you just can't stop yourself from having a bite. The relishing flavours, the appealing texture and the amazing aroma absolutely is just mouth-watering. The aroma which arises while cookingChaaru is just too tempting. This amazing recipe is provided by Tanuja G. Be it kids or adults, no one can get away from this delicious dish. How to make Chaaru is a question which arises in people's mind quite often. So, the answer to this question is the simple yet exotic recipe by of Chaaruby Tanuja G. This recipe can even be tried by beginners. A few secret ingredients in this recipe just makes it the way it is served in restaurants. Chaaru is just the appropriate recipe to serve as many as 4. The cooking time for this delicacy is not much. So, the next time you have a get together or a night party at home, don't forget to check and try out this recipe. It's that one delicacy that everyone's definitely going to love it!

  • Prep Time0mins
  • Cook Time10mins
  • Serves4People

Ingredients to make Chaaru

  • Lemon sized tamarind or 5-6 pods of raw tamarind
  • Or a small raw mango
  • Water to dilute
  • 1 teaspoon each of mustard seeds cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of methi seeds
  • a pinch of turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • oil for tempering
  • a sprig of curry leaves
  • 3-4 green chillies
  • 1 teaspoon of grated jaggery
  • 2-3 whole dried red chillies

How to make Chaaru

  1. Soak tamarind for half to one hour and extract its juice.
  2. If raw tamarind or mango is used, boil them with just enough water. Let it cool and extract its juice.
  3. Dilute this juice with water. This should be like water consistency and not thick like pulusu.
  4. In a deep pan, add this diluted extract.
  5. Add 4-5 drops of oil, turmeric powder and let it come to a rolling boil.
  6. Let simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Add jaggery or sugar, salt and simmer for 5 more minutes. Turn off the flame.
  8. Add mustard seeds, let it splutter.
  9. Add cumin seeds, methi seeds and fry for 5 seconds.
  10. Add green chillies, curry leaves, red chillies and fry for 10 seconds.
  11. Add tadka to the charu prepared.
My Tip: Onions, garlic are optional ingredients. So is the diced tomato. All these needs to be sauteed well before adding to the boiled charu.

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