Vegetable saagu (sagu) step-by-step recipe with video and photos.
About this recipe
Vegetable saagu (or sagu) is a famous dish from Karnataka in which loads of vegetables are cooked in a creamy coconut-coriander base. It is usually served with poori, roti, or dosa. My favourite combo is poori-saagu and neer dose-saagu.
Every household has their own version of making the masala or spice mix for saagu. This is my version of this flavourful, creamy, healthy dish that is a regular in my kitchen. You may use the vegetables that I have mentioned or may change it as per your preference. For example, cauliflower, cabbage, turnip, etc. tastes great in this dish too.
Vegetables: I use potatoes, cauliflower, beans, carrot, peas and capsicum.
Ghee: I prefer to make this dish with ghee. However, you may choose to replace it with any cooking oil.
Onion and tomato: I use chopped onions and tomato to make the gravy of the dish.
Spices used in the gravy: I use mustard seeds, cumin seeds, bay leaves, and curry leaves.
Spices used in the masala paste: I use cinnamon, cloves, cumin seeds, and poppy seeds to grind in the masala paste.
Herbs in the masala paste: I use coriander leaves and a few mint leaves here. However, the mint leaf is optional and can be skipped.
Ginger and garlic: I use them in the masala paste.
Onion in masala paste: I roast the onion on an open flame and then use it in the grinding; however, this step is optional. You may skip roasting it and just add raw onions.
Roasted Bengal gram: This is called hurigadle/puthani in Kannada. If you do not have access to it, you may replace it with besan (gram flour/chickpea flour).
The first step to make this dish is to make a base masala with fresh coconut, coriander leaves, mint leaves, onion, garlic, and spices. You can make this masala base beforehand and store it in the refrigerator for three to four days. You can also freeze the base masala for up to three months.
I roast some onion on an open flame and use it in my masala paste. This step is purely optional and you can use raw onion instead. But charring the onion on an open flame gives it a nice smoky flavour to the saagu. Once the masala is ready, all you have to do is saute onions and tomato. Saute the ground masala in it and cook the cut vegetables in it.
A go-to dish when I have a bit of this and a bit of that vegetable left in my refrigerator. Do try my version of saagu and let me know how you like it.
Vegetable saagu recipe video
Vegetable saagu (sagu) step-by-step recipe with photos
1. Roast the onions and use in the masala paste
2. Prepare tempering (seasoning) and fry onions until translucent
3. Add tomatoes and cook until soft
4. Add the ground paste and cook
5. Add vegetables and water, and simmer until saagu thickens
Neer dose served with saagu
Vegetable saagu (sagu)
FOR THE GRAVY:
FOR THE MASALA PASTE:
TO MAKE THE MASALA PASTE:
TO MAKE SAAGU: