Obbattu or Holige saaru is a rasam (soupy lentil dish) with a twist! It is made using the remaining stock after cooking the bengal gram stuffing for Holige. The stock and a bit of the obbatu stuffing is recycled with fresh pulpy tomatoes to create a new, wholesome, and soupy rasam or curry. Obbattu saaru is a dish popular in Karnataka and is prepared during festivals like Ugadi and Gowri Habba among others.
Obbattu Saaru is well-spiced and flavoured with pepper and other spices. It is sweetened with a dash of jaggery which balances out the natural sourness of tomatoes and makes for a yummy and soothing soup! Obbatu Saaru is usually prepared in large quantities and consumed over a day or two, however, it is good to make and consume this rasam fresh. It goes well with any unpolished rice, foxtail millet rice or ragi mudde.