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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.