Saturday, 6 September 2014

Mixed Vegetable Saagu Karnataka Style

Mixed Vegetable Saagu is basically a coconut based vegetables curry with a beautiful blend of flavors and spices. Mixed Vegetable Saagu is one of the most popular side dishes in almost all kannadigas house. Restaurants in Karnataka that is usually served it with Avalakki set Dosa, Set Dosa, Rava Idly, Rava Dosa, Any type of Dosa, Chapathi, Poori, the list is endless. You will surely see a little cup of this along with some chutney. And this is one of my family favorite side dish too.

Ingredients for Mixed Vegetable Saagu :

Finely chopped mixed vegetables (ex : Beans, Carrot, Potato, Peas, cauliflower, chayote squash  etc- Quantity of veggies are your choice. I normally add more vegetables)
Lemon -1
Coriander leaves - to garnish ; chopped
For Masala To grind :
Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
Roasted chana dal / Putani- 2 tbsp
Soaked Poppy seeds / Khus khus- 2 tsp
Coriander seeds / Dhania - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds / Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon sticks - 1" stick 3 pieces
Cloves - 3 -4 nos
Star anise /Chakri phool- 1 no
Cardamom / Elaichi -2 no
Mace / Javitre / Japtre - little
Dried kapok buds / Shalmali / marathi moggu-2 -3
Ginger - a small piece
Garlic - 3-4 pods
Onion - 2 -3 slice
Green Chillies - 4-6
Pudina / Coriander leaves or both - a handful
For Tempering :
Oil - 2-4 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1tsp
Split black gram / urad dal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Turmeric / Haldi -1/4 tsp
2 Red chillies cut into half
2 med Onions finely chopped
1 med Tomato finely chopped

To prepare Mixed Vegetable Saagu :

1. Cook the veggies with some salt and water till done. Ensure that they are cooked just right.
2. For the masala, grind all the ingredients mentioned under masala to grind to a smooth paste adding some water.
3. Heat oil in a kadai or pan. Add mustard seeds and urad dal. When they start splutter add broken red chillies, curry leaves and haldi. Add chopped onion fry till translucent. Add chopped tomatoes. Fry for some more mins.
4. Add cooked veggies and masala paste. Add salt and water. Mix well and allow it to boil well. When it boils, saagu gets thickens a bit. If requied add some more water to get the desired consistency.
5. Switch off the flame and add chopped coriander leaves and squeeze lemon juice. Serve hot Vegetable saagu with Avalakki set Dosa, Set Dosa, Rava Idly, Rava Dosa, Chapathi, Poori, Any type of Dosaor even with rice.

Tips / Notes:

  •  If u don't have all the garam masala ingredients mentioned under Masala To grind, you can manage with cinnamon, cloves and elaichi. Later add some Garam masala powder.
  • U can add vegetables of your choice.
  • Adjust the whole garam masal, spice and salt level as per your taste.

Health Benefits :

1. Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None have cholesterol. (Coconut may add fat, calories, or cholesterol.)
2. Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C.

So try this recipe and write back to us…We love to hear from you.

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