Vegetable Sagu

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Vegetable Sagu is a side dish for Puri and also for chapathi. In some restaurants they serve it as a side dish with set dosa as well. I have put up vegetable kurma before that looks similar but is actually a bit different in the sense that I don’t use ginger/garlic and less onion in Sagu.

What you need to have:

1. Chopped vegetables – 2 cups (Green Peas, French beans, carrots, Turnip, Chayote and potatoes chopped fine)

2. Onion chopped – 1 small

Chopped Veggies

Ingredients of Wet Masala:

1. Fresh grated coconut – 2 tablespoons

2. Bilimbi – 2

3. Green chilly – 1

4. Red chilly – 1

5. Dalia Dal – 2 tablespoons

6. Coriander seeds – 2 tablespoons

7. Poppy seeds – 1 teaspoon

8. Cumin seeds – 1 teaspon

9. Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

10. Cardamoms – 2

11. Cloves – 2

12. Cinnamon – 2″ piece

Ingredients of Wet Masala

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and chop all the vegetables and keep it aside as shown in the image .

2. Cook all the vegetables in the cooker adding little salt so that the veggies are not over cooked.

Cooked veggies

3. Grind all the ingredients of wet masala in the mixer adding sufficient quantity of water to a medium fine consistency.

Ground Wet Masala

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

2. Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

3. Cashews – A handful

4. Kishmish – A handful

5. Tomato – 1

6. Curry leaves – 3-4 Strands

Ingredients of Seasoning

4. Place a skillet with 4-5 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on a medium flame. On heating, add mustard seeds to it. When it starts sputtering add cumin seeds and curry leaves to it. When done add cashews and kishmish to it. Add chopped tomatoes to it.

Seasoning of the dish

5. When done add ground wet masala from step 3 and a little water to it to make a thick gravy and bring it to boil.

Wet Masala being cooked

6. Add cooked veggies from step-2 to it and bring it to boil adding required quantity of salt to it.(check for salt since already added to the veggies while cooking.)

Cooked veggies added to the Masala gravy

7. Add water and adjust the consistency of the gravy and bring it to boil on low flame stiring continuously else it may burn.( since dalia dal is added to the masala) Decorate it with chopped coriander leaves.

Ready to serve Veg-Sagu

Time taken : 45 minutes

Serves 5-6


27 thoughts on “Vegetable Sagu

    Madhu said:
    December 11, 2009 at 2:19 am

    looks very tasty, bilimbi is very new to me, is that like chilies..?

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 11, 2009 at 7:42 am

      Hi Madhu,

      Bilimbi is a tangy fruit used in place of tamarind .

    Nalini said:
    December 11, 2009 at 7:13 am

    must be very tasty. what is bilimbi? never heard of it , where do we get it in the u.s. Is there anything you can replace it with?

    prathibalrao responded:
    December 11, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Hi Nalini,

    It is a tangy fruit used in place of tamarind or Raw tomato. U can check the same in my post Brinjal masala wherein i have showed the yielding tree in my backyard.

    PARI said:
    December 11, 2009 at 8:42 am

    This is my all time favorite Pratibha Ji. Am planning to make this weekend.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 11, 2009 at 10:02 am

      Hi Pari,

      Thanx a lot and send me da feed back.

    Supriya said:
    December 11, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Nice photos! We don’t use turnip in any of our will try using it now.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 11, 2009 at 10:01 am

      Hi Supriya,

      For veg-sagu Turnip is a must which gives extra flavour to the dish. Thanx a lot. When r u visiting india????????

    prathibha said:
    December 11, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Recently made saaagu….
    that bilimbi osunds different…

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 11, 2009 at 10:04 am

      Hi Prathibha,

      Bilimbi is a tangy veggy grown everywhere here n used instead of tamarind which actually doesn’t spoil da color of the dish.

    Aparna Rao said:
    December 11, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Nice Recipe Prathibaji. We make it in a similar way, but I don’t add coriander seeds but add coriander leaves. Also Adding kaju and kismish is new , I will try this recipe this weekend. is turnip what we call navil kosu in kannada?

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 12, 2009 at 7:46 am

      Hi Aparna Rao,

      U r right. It is “Navil kosu”.

    preeti said:
    December 11, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Hi PrathibhaMai, i am ahuge fan of all your dishes. Both me and my husband love your dishes. Thanks very much for posting all these recipes. When we visit India next year summer, we would like to meet you. I’ll write to you before then. Can i use tamarind instead of bimbli for sagu ? We dont get bimbli here in US.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 12, 2009 at 7:43 am

      Hi Preeti,

      I feel using tamarind changes the colour as well as the taste of the dish. U may use raw Green Tomatoes in place of it.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 12, 2009 at 7:50 am

      Hi Preeti,

      Thaxn a lot 4 ur comments. U can useGreen Raw Tomatoes in place of Tamarind or Bilimbi. V visited U.S. in 2007 for my son’s convocation ceremony at Pittsburg. V enjoyed the stay there.I also love to meet u people when in india.

    vanamala said:
    December 12, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Nice recipe …

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 12, 2009 at 7:50 am

      Hi Vanamala,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments.

    vijaya said:
    April 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    hi ,
    thanks my late mom used to make this sagu but i never did learn this masala from her i will try though i think i wont be able to get bilimbi i live in pune now

      prathibalrao responded:
      April 22, 2010 at 10:01 pm

      Hi Vijaya,

      You can use tamarind in place of Bilimbi or a tangy Raw Tomato will do.

    priyanka s s said:
    September 24, 2013 at 7:58 am

    this recipe is very simple and looks very tasty
    i must try it and i am going to cook for the first time
    thanks a lot

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 24, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Hi Priyanka s Thanx a lot for your comments and do try out this recipe and send me da feed back please.

    Falguni said:
    October 9, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Hi Prathiba..

    I was looking for a no onion sagu gravy and tried yours today minus bimbal, tomato and coriander. Turned out. to be awesome.


      prathibalrao responded:
      October 10, 2013 at 10:21 am

      Hi Falguni,

      I have added onions while cooking . So thanks a lot for dropping by and commenting.

    mala said:
    June 6, 2014 at 4:18 am

    It came out so well,never failed with your recipes,they are fool proof!Thanks so much

    prathibalrao responded:
    June 6, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Hi Mala,

    Thanx a lot for your encouraging words!!!Please pass on the link of this blog among your friends community!!!!!

    vijaya said:
    July 5, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    I tried it yesterday. It came out nice. I used tamarind instead of bimbli. Thanks for the recipe

    prathibalrao responded:
    July 14, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Hi Vijaya,

    We were in transit and hence could not reply to your comment. Thanx a lot for your comment once again.

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