Down to earth traditional. Farmer’s favourite. Authentic Karnataka dish handpicked from an endless list of rasam varieties and served on a platter! Prepared by using greens, vegetables, lentils, sprouts stock (i.e., the water strained after cooking greens, grains or vegetables) this delicious Bassaaru derives its name from two Kannada words “Basidu” (which means strained) and “Saaru” (which means Rasam).

Dish Type:  South Indian Vegetarian Stew gg bassaru 2 copy

Preparation Time:  20 min

Cooking time:  30 min

Serves:  5 persons


Green Gram                            250 gms

Curry leaves                            1 sprig

Green chilly                             1 no.

Cumin seeds                            less than ½ tsp

Peppercorns                            4 or 5 nos.

Ginger                                     ¼”

Grated raw or dry coconut     2 tbsps

Jaggery                                    1 tsp

Salt to taste                             1 tbsp approx.

Tomato                                    1 no. fine chopped

Water                                      1000 ml

Dry fry green gram for a minute. Let it cool. Wash it well and drain out the water. Cook in pressure cooker along with water and salt, in low flame upto 2 whistles and then switch off the burner.

Grind cumin seeds, peppercorns, ginger, green chilly, fine chopped tomato and grated coconut to a paste. Add this to the cooked green gram and let it boil.

Green gram Bassaaru is now ready.

Also view in our blog “Mung Bean Rasam”, ‘Toor Dal Rasam” and “Moong Dal Rasam


Lime juice may also be used instead of tomatoes. Squeeze the juice from ½ a lime and add to the bassaaru at the end.

A portion of the cooked green gram can be ground along with masala if thicker consistency is required.

In this recipe, excess water is added to green gram while cooking. However, you can use just the required amount of water for cooking green gram and reuse broth i.e., water strained after boiling any dal, grains or vegetables and add to the cooked green gram before boiling.



Green coloured, sweet flavoured, high in fibre, rich in nutrients, cooks faster, helps control body weight, lowers blood pressure and much more. That’s green gram for you.

Wash it. Soak it. Sprout it. Cook it. Grind it. Make rasam, curry and have it with hot, steamed rice.

Dry roast it. Dry grind it. Use the flour to make tasty rotis or parathas.

Wash it. Soak it. Wet grind it. Generate healthy versions of dosas and idlis.

In this recipe, green gram has been combined with greens. What’s cooking…?

Delicious Red coloured Rasam boiling and a close-to-finish fresh Green coloured Curry tossing!

Dish Type:  South Indian Vegetarian Stew Green gram and greens  rasam

Preparation Time:  20 min

Cooking time:  30 min

Serves:  4 persons


For pressure cooking:

Green gram                75 gms

Water                          250 ml

Ghee                            1 tsp

Turmeric                     A pinch

Dantina soppu             1 bunch (amaranth leaves)

Tomato                        2 nos.

Salt to taste                 ½ tbsp. (at the time of adding chopped greens)

For grinding:

Raw coconut                                       ¼ of a coconut

Rasam powder                                    2 tbsps. approx.

Cooked green gram and greens         1 tbsp

Cooked tomatoes                                2 nos.

For seasoning:

Ghee                            1 tsp

Mustard seeds                        ½ tsp

Cumin seeds                ½ tsp

Asafoetida                   A pinch

Garlic pods                  few (optional)

While boiling:

Salt to taste                 ½ tbsp. (when ground mix of rasam powder and raw coconut is added)

Tamarind paste           ½ tsp


Wash green gram thoroughly. Keep it for boiling on low flame in a pressure cooker along with water, turmeric and ghee.

Wash greens (dantina soppu) and tomatoes thoroughly in salt water. Drain out the water. Chop greens finely. No need to chop tomatoes.

By this time, green gram would have been half cooked. Remove the lid of the pressure cooker. Add these chopped greens and salt and over this, add tomatoes. After 2 whistles, switch off the pressure cooker. Let it cool.

While the cooker is cooling….grate raw coconut. You still have time to spare? Use it to read footnotes given at the end of this recipe.

By now, pressure in the cooker would have subsided. Transfer the contents on to a colander to drain the water to another vessel. Use this precious water as you proceed making the rasam.

Finish grinding using ingredients listed under “For grinding”. Grind it to a fine paste. Add this to the drained water that you stored just now. Add salt. Boil for about 5 min. Add tamarind juice. Let it boil for another 5 min. Switch off the burner.

Now is the time for seasoning. Heat a drop of ghee in a small skillet. Do not heat it too much. When it is just hot, put mustard seeds. When they crackle, switch off and immediately put cumin seeds and asafoetida. Pour it on to the boiled rasam.

Hmmm….Fresh n fragrant Green Gram Rasam is ready.

Serve it hot with steamed rice.


Use the remaining cooked green gram and greens to make “Green Gram Curry (with Greens)”. Recipe will be posted separately at Sarapaaka

When using greens, there is no need to add coriander leaves or curry leaves.

Quantity of water can be adjusted to suit taste and consistency. Consistency can be as thin as soup or as thick as porridge depending on the amount of water used. Similarly taste can vary from hot and spicy to mildly spicy or made bland.

Same recipe can be followed to prepare rasam using Kadale Kaalu (Chick peas), Hurali (Horse gram), Alasandi kaalu (Cow peas).

Lentils and pulses should be cooked slowly in low flame for a long time to achieve a comfortably creamy texture. While cooking them, it is better to add a pinch of turmeric powder and a tsp of cow ghee. Turmeric has antiseptic properties. Cow ghee gives a rich and pleasing flavour. A tsp of ghee consumed everyday improves blood circulation, lubricates the bone joints and cleanses the liver.