Pav Bhaji Dosa

Mumbai Street food

Menthyada Hittu

Healthy and nutritious "spiced fenugreek powder"

Sabudane ki kheer

Tapioca or Sago Pudding

Hotel Sambar

Restaurant Style Sambar that goes well with idli

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Nimbe appehuli saaru/Lemon soup: A Havyaka Speciality!

Haven't visited this space for a month? Alas, can't believe!!
Was I busy? Not really. The fact is I was/am enjoying all the family functions & festivals that I missed for four long years.  I am not in a mood to cook any elaborate meals & most of the days, try to whip up something under 20 mins. During one of those quick cooking sessions, I spoke to my co-sis & learnt this nimbe appehuli.  A saaru/rasam that is ready in less than 10 minutes!
Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: Nil (Can count 1 minute for tempering the rasam!!)

Ingredients: (Serves 3)
Juice extracted from 2 lemons(Around 2-3 tbsp)
Water: Around 500ml
Salt: 1 tsp, more or less
Sugar: 1 tsp, optional
Finely chopped green chilli: 2 nos

For tempering:
Coconut oil: 2 tsp, preferred
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida: a pinch
Dry red chilli: 1 no, broken


  • Add salt, sugar, finely chopped green chilli & lemon juice to a vessel. Mix them well. 
  • Add 400ml of water & mix well. Adjust the water according to the sourness level preferred! 
  • Prepare the tempering. Heat oil in a small pan. When oil is hot, add mustard seeds. When seeds splutter, throw in broken red chilli & asafoetida.
  • Pour the tempering over the lemony water. Let it sit for 10-15mins for the flavors to soak in!
                                               (PS: Before crushing the red chilli)
  • Crush the red chilli using your hand & mix it again.
  • Enjoy the cold appe huli saaru with steaming hot rice, pickle & papad. 

My co-sister suggested me not to add any curry leaves or garlic for the tempering!. She says, curry leaves don't go well with this appehuli & hence her aunties prepare it this way. I just followed her words. If you want to add curry leaves, feel free to add. But, never add both asafoetida & garlic to this. Go with either one!

Last but not the least:
Prathibha of Chefandherkitchen has tagged me in a 7 links game. It sounds fun. Thanks for thinking of me Prathibha. Will do it shortly.