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May 19, 2017

Vegetable Sagu Recipe – Karnataka Style Saagu Recipe For Poori, Set Dosa, Rava idli

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Vegetable sagu recipe - Karnataka style
Sagu is the most popular side dish for poori, set dosa, rava dosa and even for rava idli in Karnataka hotels just like vegetable kurma in Tamil nadu. It is served along with coconut chutney. In Kannada Sagu means Kurma. Being in Bangalore for the past 10 years, I had tasted this saagu ( mixed vegetable sagu) several times in restaurants, marriage functions here.

In some places, potato sagu is served instead of vegetable sagu. During avarekalu season ( Field beans), avarekalu sagu is served. Recently I got this recipe from Nagalakshmi ( one of my friends in School moms group). Actually she shared two versions. One is the green version and the other one is red. But I wanted to try the hotel style sagu recipe. So I chose the green version and tried it for Ragi Poori. It came out really well. In some hotels, sagu looks red in color. To make that, use byadgi red chilli / Kashmiri red chilli while grinding masala or use red chilli powder.

Before posting here, I shared a picture of this sagu with my friends in Whatsapp, got their approval about the color and texture and posting it confidently. The flavor and texture of this sagu is very similar to south Indian veg kurma. Coconut, poppy seeds are the most important ingredients. It forms the base for this gravy. You could find many variations in sagu masala. But tastes good in all the ways ! Lets see how to make Karnataka style mixed vegetable sagu recipe with step by step pictures.

Mixed vegetable sagu recipe

Saagu recipe / mixed vegetable sagu recipe

Saagu recipe / mixed vegetable sagu recipe Karnataka style mixed vegetable sagu recipe - side dish for poori, set dosa, rava idli and rava dosa
Cuisine: Karnataka
Category: Side dish for poori, dosa
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup - 250 ml
  • Mixed vegetables - 1 cup ( 1 medium carrot, 5 beans, 1 potato, handful green peas ) ( Cauliflower, knol khol can also be used)
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Tomato - 1 small ( optional)
  • Salt & water - as needed
To Grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Green chillies - 3 nos ( use 2 for less spicy taste)
  • Poppy seeds/Khus Khus – 1.5 tsp
  • Fried gram dal – 1.5 tsp
  • Big onion – 1/2 no (medium sized)
  • Coriander seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch
  • Garlic cloves - 2 nos
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Cardamom - 1 no 
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp
  • Tamarind – A pinch (Optional)
To Temper
  • Cooking oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few

  • Wash and chop all the vegetables finely. Grind all the ingredients given under “ To grind” to a smooth paste. Set aside.

    Vegetable sagu recipe
    Vegetable sagu recipe
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker base. Temper mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves. Add the finely chopped onion and saute till transparent.
    Vegetable sagu recipe
  • Add the chopped vegetables and required salt. Mix well and add ground paste. Saute till raw smell goes off. 
    Vegetable sagu recipe - Karnataka
  • Lastly add 1 cup of water. Mix well and Pressure cook for 1 whistle in low flame. Open the lid after the steam is released. If its watery, boil for a minute. If its too thick, add some water to adjust the consistency. Mix well and serve with poori, set dosa or rava idli.
    Vegetable sagu recipe - Karnataka
  • Enjoy !

  • Adjust the quantity of green chillies as per your spice level.
  • Adding tamarind is optional while grinding masala.
  • You can add 1 tsp of ginger, garlic paste instead of ginger and whole garlic.
  • You can also add few mint leaves while grinding.
Try this easy, Karnataka special vegetable sagu for poori, dosa. Its flavorful and healthy too!
Vegetable sagu recipe - Karnataka

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Unknown said...

Tried this delicious sagu and it came out perfectly thank u for the recipe

Chitra said...

Happy to know it.Thank you so much :)

Kothai said...

Tried first time, really came out very well and tasty. Thank you for this recipe

Chitra said...

Thank you so much. Happy to see your feedback 😊

Deeps said...

I tried it today..very nice recipe. I replaced poppy seeds with cashewnuts. Thank you.

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for your feedback. Happy to know that :)

Tulasi said...

Perfect sago for poori, set dosa and chapati as well. Thanks for the recipe Chitra.