Spinach Rasam | Soppina Saaru | Mossappu

I had been to a friend’s place couple days back and she asked me to join her for lunch on the spur. She dished up this yummy Soppina (Greens) Saaru (Rasam) right before me and when I got to taste it during lunch, I instantaneously fell in love with it. Since I happened to watch her prepare the dish, I knew how it was made; however I did modify mine a little to make it even more protein-packed. Its fairly simple to make, so Im supposing even a novice would find this easy to dish up. Alright, let me cut right to the chase now. Here we go –


  • Spinach (or any other green) – 2 bunches (cleaned and chopped)
  • Tor Dal – 1/2 measure
  • Moong Dal – 1/4 measure
  • Masoor Dal – 1/4 measure (if not using moong and/or masoor, substitute with equal quantity of Tor Dal)
  • Onions – 3 nos (medium sized; minced/grated)
  • Tomatoes – 4 nos (medium sized; minced/grated)
  • Garlic – 5-6 pods (grated)
  • Curry leaves – a sprig (finely chopped)
  • Rasam powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Salt – to taste
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Ghee – 1 tsp


  • Pressure cook all 3 dals along with the finely chopped spinach (all together) and set aside.
  • In a wok, heat the ghee and pop the mustard seeds. Add the asafoetida.
  • Add the minced/grated onions and garlic. Saute on a medium flame and cook till tender.
  • Add the minced/grated tomatoes, turmeric powder. Cook on a medium flame.
  • Add rasam powder, curry leaves and salt. Continue to cook till you have a mushy gravy.
  • Mash and add the cooked dal-spinach mixture. You may want to add some warm water to adjust the consistency to that of ‘Dhaal’.
  • Adjust salt and allow to boil on a low flame, till it forms a frothy layer on the top.
  • Serve piping-hot with rice. Finger-licking good! 😀

Shailaja, if you’re reading this, thanks so much for the yummy lunch! Loved it!

And thank you Amma for the lovely ladle collection from your trip! 😀


7 responses to “Spinach Rasam | Soppina Saaru | Mossappu

  1. Mum was on trip?? Nice. and hey this is San’s all time fav.. This is the only so called “huli” for me that I make all the time..lol ! But thanks for the tip to use 3 dhals ! will try it next time..

    • Yeah G, Amma and Daddy had been to Palani. Amma got me a nice collection of wooden ladles from there. I guessed you’d be making this often too, b’cos Shailaja (aka Tupperware Manager) and your MIL make the same kind of ‘Saaru’! Do try out with the 3 daals…I guess you can make your own combos once the basics are right, na!

  2. I love soppu saaru. 3 dal funda I never thot of…will ask my mom to try it 😉 btw the pic is very nice Madhuri…u have a very beautiful sense of ‘dressing the dishes’…I dunno if that is the right phrase…

  3. First, the pic is great. Second, the recipe is great and third, did it have the consistency of dhal by any chance?

  4. Hi Madhuri,
    I have to really appriciate this recipe…I tried this today, and it has a really superb taste! Thanks…please keep updating with the latest recipes.

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