In my house, the easiest way to get my family to eat healthy is to bowl them over is with a soup that is pretty much a simple but forgotten saaru's : tomato saaru, limbiye saaru, rasam & saar upkaris. So here are a couple of the most nutritious of them all - kulithu/ horsegram saar upkari & avro saaru upkari. Prep for all saar upkari's are the same except that avro/ navy bean cooks much faster and doesn't require as much soaking like the horsegram.
Avre saar upkari (pic 1) Kultha saar upkari (pic2)
Kulithu/ horsegram 2 cups
red chillies 3
garlic 3 cloves
oil 1 tbsp
Soak the gram overnight. Pressure cook kulithu with about 3 times as much water for about 10 minutes.( 5-8 whistles). When the pressure is off, add salt to the gram and simmer to thicken the stock. Thickening this enhances the flavour. ( At this point, we can remove kuluthu to make seperate upkari or for koddel or leave it as is and season it, Some also remove the kulithu by straining and continue with the further reduction of liquid to make it kattu saaru which is tasty in itself without any additional seasoning).
Temper by heating a tbsp of oil, crushed garlic & red chillies. When the garlic have been roasted, add it to the saaru & turn off heat.