Hurli kattin saaru

Kattin saar is basically a curry made of the “kat” or stock obtained by cooking lentils like chana dal, black eyed peas (alsandi) or even hurli! Did you know that? So anytime you make hurli or alsandi kaalu, you can make kattin saar. Doesn’t always have to be in conjunction with chana daal preparation.


Hurli kattu (watery part), curry leaves, turmeric powder, 2-3 cloves of garlic chopped and diced, 1 table spoon cooking oil, masale khara 1 table spoon, cumin powder 1 tea spoon, dhania powder 2 tea spoons,  mustard and cumin seeds and  asaphotida (hingu) for seasoning, tamarind paste 1 tea spoon, jaggery or brown sugar powder 1 tea spoon, salt to taste. 


  • Heat oil in a vessel.
  • Season with cumin seeds, mustard seeds, asaphotida and then garlic.
  • When garlic turns brown, add turmeric powder, cumin and dhania powder and curry leaves.
  • Then add 2 cups water containing 1 tea spoon tamarind paste and heat to boil.
  • To this add 1 tea spoon jaggery or brown sugar, 1 tea spoon masale khara or chilli powder, salt to taste and boil for 5 minutes.

Tips and Tricks:

You can garnish with fresh chopped cilantro (coriander) if needed.

Typically Served With:



3 Responses

  1. Heavenly to relish the recipe in this lovely monsoon

  2. Super !!!!!!! Though im frm south Karnataka. I really relish the food frm north karnataka coz of my neighbor. I wanted to prepare nrth kar food after shifting our house so thanks to this

  3. Hi I am from Dharwad and my mum used to make kattin saaru with hollige, She passed away 20 years ago and I have always wanted to learn how to make it. Thank you so much. God bless.

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