SAAGU.........Restaurant style side dish ( Karnataka)

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detailed recipe given below.

Saagu is a famous side dish served in most restaurants in Bangalore and many restaurants all over Karnataka . Each Saagu variety has little variants but the most popular one is the light green or white colored Saagu which is a lip smacking accompaniment to set dosa, poori , chapati . 

I have posted a slightly different version of Saagu in another post and this is the second version which I prepare very often mainly because it is very simple and the spices used are easily available in the kitchen. .

Recipe type   Side dish Indian 
Servings .      7-8 
Prep time      10 minutes 
Cooking time  8 minutes 


2-3 cups of chopped mixed vegetables like carrots , beans , potatoes 
1/2 cup finely chopped onions to be used with vegetables 
1/4,cup finely chopped onions to be ground with masala 
Some green peas 

To roast and grind 

1 tsp oil 

1 piece of cinnamon 
1-2 mace petals 
3 cloves 
3 green chillies 

To grind with roasted spices 

7-8 Cashewnuts 
1 tbsp fried gram dal / pottukadalai 
1/4 cup chopped onions 
1/2 cup fresh grated coconut 
Some fresh coriander leaves 

Other ingredients 

To temper 
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds 
1 tsp Chana dal 
Some curry leaves 
Pinch of hing powder 

Salt as required 
1 tbsp oil 
Pinch of turmeric powder 


Take a pan and heat the oil , fry the spices with green chilies and keep aside . 
Next add little more oil , splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds .
Add Chana dal, curry leaves and next the chopped onions . 
Let onions cook till soft , then add the chopped vegetables . 
Add turmeric powder, salt , hing powder and cook with very little water .

Meanwhile grind the roasted spices with coconut , Cashewnuts , green chilies , 
Fried gram dal , and onions along with coriander leaves . 

Keep the paste aside to be added after vegetables have softened . 
Within 4-5 minutes the veggies will cook and then add the ground masala paste , dilute if necessary .
Reduce flame and cook for a minute . 

Remove the Saagu and serve with pooris, parathas, chapatis or set dosa .