Andhra Chaaru – A Delightful Choice for Summers

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It is a famously known fact that Rasam hails from some place Tamil. However, our good old Andhra style Chaaru has its own identity. It is also known as Munakkayala (drum stick) Chaaru. A Chaaru is typically prepared even in Kannada Udipi style. But going by the grandma’s recipe book, Andhra style Chaaru is an absolute culinary delight. The secret ingredient being the Chaaru podi that goes into cooking. Now that summers are kicking in slowly already, Andhra Chaaru would be a great choice to incorporate in the meals.

Here is a quick recipe of Andhra Chaaru that you can start adding to your mid summer Telugu meals.


Chaaru Podi

Pigeon Peas – 50 ml cup

Coriander Seeds – 1 Cup

Fenugreek Seeds – 1/4 Tsp

Black pepper – 1 Tsp

Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 3/4 tsp

Method for Podi

Dry roast all the above ingredients on a light flame. Put aside the mixture to cool before grinding into a fine powder. Once the powder is ready, keep it aside.



Tomatoes – 200 gms

Drumsticks – 2

Water – 600 ml

Sugar – 1/2 tea spoon

Turmeric – a pinch


Tamarind – small block soaked

Red chillies – 1 to 3

Fenugreek seeds – 4

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Asafoetida – pinch

Ghee – 1 tsp (optional)

Chopped coriander


– Take the tomatoes and chop them finely. Boil the chopped drumsticks until they are tender

– Drain the soaked tamarind away from the block

– Boil tomatoes in the water by adding sugar, salt and turmeric. Once the tomatoes are boiled. add the tamarind pulp, add the boiled drumsticks and cook. Boil for some more time and mix the chaaru podi. Stir well.

– For seasoning, heat a pan and add ghee or oil. Add the fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Once the seeds splutter, add the red chillies, curry leaves and asafoetida. Add the seasoning to the above Chaaru and close the lid.

Transfer the hot piping Chaaru to the serving bowl and garnish with coriander leaves. Enjoy the Andhra Chaaru with rice and pickle. Throw in a Papad for effect.



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