Friday, July 31, 2009

Vegetable Saagu

Little M's birthday and the blogiversary both happened last week. Both turned three! Little M had a nice birthday, with a trip to the beach and a day of fun at Sesame Place. The thing she was looking forward to the most was cutting the cake, which we did soon after breakfast. Otherwise, she'd be asking the same question - 'when can I cut the cake?' - the entire day! :)

When I started blogging, it was going to be about 'food, movie reviews, people, life - basically anything that I find interesting!' as my tagline says. These days though, it's mainly been a food blog with a few non-food posts thrown in here and there. This has been a good place to save and share my family recipes. Thanks to all the folks who take time to stop by and read my posts. I really appreciate that! A very special thanks to the commenters, for I look forward to your comments and feedback.

Speaking of family recipes, here is my mom's version of vegetable saagu. Saagu is a coconut based curry from Karnataka, that is usually served with pooris, set dosas or rava idlies.

Vegetable Saagu

Ingredients:

3 cups mixed vegetables, chopped & boiled (peas, carrots, potatoes, beans, capsicum etc)
1/2 cup water (I used water from the boiled veggies)
1 tbsp lime juice
salt to taste
cilantro for garnish

To Grind:
1/2 tsp jeera
2-3 cloves
2" piece of cinnamon
5-6 peppercorns
1/2 cup coconut
1 medium onion
3-4 green chilies (or to taste)
1/5 tsp turmeric
2 tsp poppy seeds
2 tsp dalia or raw rice

For Tadka:
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
Asafoetida

Pressure cook vegetables in a little water for 1-2 whistles. Alternately, you could microwave them for 4-5 minutes on high or boil them on stovetop with water. Strain & keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the tadka ingredients. Once the seeds start to pop, add the ground masala and fry for 5-6 minutes, until the smell of raw onion is gone.

Stir in the boiled veggies and water. Add salt and lime juice. Bring to a boil.

Transfer vegetable saagu a serving bowl. Garnish with cilantro.

71 comments:

Prathibha said...

THis is the 2nd time I m reading the veg curry on the same day(Nags also posted it today)..veg saagu looks yummy dear...congrats on the aniiversary n belated wishes for ur son's birthday.

Shri said...

Congrats on your blog's anniversary and your kiddo's Bday.. The Veg saagu looks yummy!

Mangala Bhat said...

Congrts on ur blog annivesary ..Belated happy bithday to ur little M..This veg sagu is my fav! will try ur verdion real soon ! What is ur kiddos name :P

Ann said...

Happy belated b'day wishes to Lill M..and yes happy blogiversary too...

Vegsagu I have tried once from Asha's blog..yours lok mindblowing !!

Parita said...

Belated wishes to little M and happy anniversary tooo, veggie saagu looks delicious!

Pavani said...

Happy birthday to M and Mysoorean. Love the combination of flavors in the saagu. Will try soon. Have a good weekend.

Vanamala said...

lovely....congrats and belated wishes to M

ARUNA said...

saagu looks so tempting.......have a great weekend!

Smitha said...

Happy birthday to little M and to your blog.. the saagu looks fabulous

Nupur said...

Congratulations, Vani!

Both on the blog and your adorable toddler :)

It is a pleasure reading your blog.

Vani said...

Pratibha - what a coincidence! thanks for the wishes :)

Shri - thank you :)

Mangala - thanks hon. It's Malavika :)

Ann - thank you :)

Parita - thanks :)

Vani said...

Pavani - thank you :) hope u have a wonderful weekend too :)

Vanamala, Aruna, Smitha - thanks so much :)

Nupur - thanks. good to see u :)

chakhlere said...

Congrats Vani for the blog! And wish your cutie Pie Many Many happy returns of the day from me!!
The saagu looks very tasty!!

Pooja said...

Congrats on your blog anniversary! And belated birthday wishes to your cute princess :)
The dish looks so delicious! Must have tasted divine with pooris!

Sireesha said...

Congrats on your blog anniversary! And belated birthday wishes to your cutty:)Thanks a lot vani ...I am in california ,Sunnyvale

Vijitha Shyam said...

i love sagu! and urs looks so yummy. do pass me a bowl vani! happy bday to ur lil one n congrats on the blog. Happy blogging!

Varsha Vipins said...

Congrats V on the anniversary..many more years n posts to come..:)..n glad u had a great day with M..:)
Sagu looks abs delish with that sunlight hitting on it..:)

LG said...

Saagu superagi ide ri. Belated wishes to both little M and M(Mysorean)

Sharmila said...

B'day wishes to little M and also for your blog Vani! Always love my visits here.:-)
I love mushy mixed veg dishes ... and I'll have this with puris. That snap is beautiful!

reva said...

vani thanxxxx for visting my blog i hope u enjoy the recipes and try it out

reva

Srivalli said...

Happy birthday to both your lil babies...:)...may you have many more such birthdays!..hahah

and yeah b4 I forgot I love that colour in your sagu..

lata raja said...

Happy blogiversary!!! That's perfect dish for the ocassion. Thanks for stepping into my space.

Purva Desai said...

Happy Anniversary and belated wishes to your kiddo.....
Saagu looks appetizing

Miss M said...

Happy birthday Little M! And happy blogiversary! :D

Varunavi said...

Happy birthday to your daughter and to your blog.

Curry looks yummmy

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy recipe...congrats dear..happy anniversary

Vani said...

Chakalere, Pooja - thanks :)

Sireesha - other coast :( Hope you settle down in the new place soon :)

Vijitha - c'mon over, will give you a bowl of it :) thanks for stopping by my blog :)

VV - you know I love playing with light in my pics :) thanks for the wishes babe

LG - thanks ri :)

Sharmila- thanks hon. I always looks forward to your comments :)

Vani said...

Reva - thanks for visiting me!

Valli - thanks, sweetie :)

Lata - my pleasure. Don't know how I missed it beofre.

Purva - thanks for the wishes :)

Miss M - thanks, hon :)

Varunavi, Shama - thanks so much :)

Pavithra Kodical said...

Congrats for blog anniversary.. And happy birthday to little M :) Saagu looks delicious.

Springbird said...

HiVani, Congrats for happy occassion.You have a very nice blog and Sagu looks perfect.I add a little poppy seeds when grinding, try that next time it gives a very different aroma.Thanks for visiting my blog and your comments.Keep blogging as i am following u.

meeso said...

Happy Birthday and Anniversary and lovely family recipe :)

Vani said...

Pavithra - thanks :)

Springbird - I do add khus khus too. You're right - it makes such a difference. Thanks for your comment :)

Meeso- thanks :)

A_and_N said...

Ayyo I miss the Darshinis :( in Bangalore.

Have you eaten at Nalapaka at mysore? :D I love that place!

Chitra said...

happy blogiversary...:) sagu looks superbb. very colorful:)

Divya Vikram said...

Saagu looks great with the loadsa veggies.

Pari said...

Hi Vani ! This is my first visit to your blog. You have a nice collection of recipes. Belated wishes to both your baby & blog. Do find time to drop by and leave a note so I will know u were there.

Shama Nagarajan said...

Have a gift for you..please do collect it and participate in my new event

Preety said...

belated birthday wishes to both from my side too..mixed veg look yummy

Divya Rao said...

Hey congrats on the Blogiversary! Keep going, you're great at this :-D

Arch said...

Sagu looks very nice and colourful ! Congrats on your blogiversary - 3 years is a long time !! And belates wishes to little M...Kids just love birthdays, my son wants a bday every month, he cant wait to turn 4 now and asks me everyday if today is his bday !

Jayashree said...

Happy birthday to little M and to mysoorean....

vidhas said...

Congrats on your blog anniversery and belated birthday wishes to sweety Malavika. Sagu sounds yum and new to me, will try it soon.

Vani said...

A&N - I miss Drashinis too. I even dream about them! :)

Chitra, Divya - thanks, girls :)

Pari - thanks for stopping by and your nice comment :)

Shama - thanks for the Kreativ Blogger award. Will surely try and participate in your event

Preety, Divya - thanks so much :)

Arch - thanks :) that is so cute - your son wanting a birthday every month :)

Jayashree - thank you hon :)

Vidhas - thanks for your wishes and comment :)

Usha said...

Belated Birthday wishes to little M and congratulations on the blog milestone ! Looking forward to many more enjoyable posts in the future...the saagu looks fantastic...:-)

Bong Mom said...

Belated Hap Hap Happy B'day wishes to dear M. 3 already !!!! Wow time does fly

Your blog has always been a pleasure Vani. I feel I know you, Ginger and M so much more just through your blog.

Looking forward to many more blog years.

Suparna said...

please accept ur awards from my blog vani :)
Thanks

Red Chillies said...

Congratulations on the blog anniversary vani and wishes for more to come. Hugs to little M.
Veg Saagu is our favorite especially with Pooris :-)

sra said...

Happy Birthday to both M and the blog! May they both flourish!

DEESHA said...

how much I love this saagu with pooris .. been ages since I had this

Vani said...

Usha - thanks so muc for your nice wishes :)

San - you've been a dear friend for so long now! thanks so much for your wishes

Suparna - thanks for the awards! :)

RC - thanks, hon :)

Sra - thanks for your lovely wishes :)

Deesha - wonderful combi right?

Namratha said...

Wow, 3 yrs is a good long time :) Wishing u many more and I wish I had stopped by sooner!! And love Saagu, we just had some for dinner tonight.

K said...

Hey Vani, somehow missed this post because of no internet access from some time. First of all, belated wishes to lil M. and Congrats on completing 3 years of blogging. wish you many more to come.

Coming to the saagu recipe, i have been looking for one authentic saagu recipe. I will bookmark this one and try it out sometime soon:)

Vani said...

Namratha - thanks so much for your lovely wishes :)

K - you are a sweetheart! thanks so much for your wishes :)

Sush said...

Karnataka style veg saagu tastes great with rava dose, rava idli & poori alwa? I love them. Your picture looks very tempting. Also, happy blogging Vani. Wishing many more blog birthdays. Belated birthday wishes to your daughter too :)

Vani said...

Sush thanks, sweetie! :)

Pooja said...

vegetable saagu looks yum ! first time here .. loved ur blog ! little M looks so adorable !

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow....looks creamy and yum......will try this soon....

Supriya said...

Looks very tasty. I love the sagu they serve in Karnataka with the pooris for breakfast.. never tasted something as good as that.

Cham said...

Many more returns to the Little one and many more delicious posts to come...
Saagu and puris ever winning combo...looks perfect!

Vani said...

Thanks for the lovely comments, all! :)

mrinal said...
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Vani said...

Hi Mrinal!! Yes, of course I remember you! How interesting you recognized me after all these years, that too from a small picture on my profile! :) How have you been? Thanks for leaving a comment and such a nice one at that.

Vani said...

Hey Mrinal, just checked your blog. Why no posts? And you have a son? How old is he? WOuld love to catch up with you. Are you on Facebook?

mrinal said...

I replied to ur post FROM MY gmail account.ok ANYWAY AM REALLY HAPPY U COULD RECOGIZE ME EVEN AFTER SO MANY YEARS.IF U CAN REMEMBER VINITHA PADMANABHAN FROM SAME HOSTEL THE OTHER DAY I WAS TELLING HER ABOUT U.SHE TOO WAS HAPPY TO KNOW ABOUT U
OH GHOSH!U SAW MY BLOG ! IT IS NOT DONE UP WELL AND IT WAS MY FIRST TRYST WITH BLOG.DID NOT KNOW HOW A BLOG.I LOVE TO WRITE SO
WILL HAVE TO REVAMP IT.
YEAH I HAVE A TWO AND HALF YEAR OLD SON CALLED DEVAMSH.
U KNOW WHAT MY SIS'S NAME ALSO ISMALAVIKA.HOW IS MALAVIKA DOING?????

mrinal said...

vani this is me again.I have an facebook account and orkut account.
but am active on orkut.can I ADD ON ORKUT AND FACEBOOK

mrinal said...

I was looking at my blog after long time and was reading its contents I realised that the few lines inbetween had got deleted so that blog does not make sense.
first when I wrote some matter and was meddling with it to make it look better in the process I deleted few lines inbetween.AT the end of it was too lazy to recostruct inbetween. I want to delete the existing one and start new is there is way to do it??????????/can u help?

mrinal said...
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mrinal said...

Aha!I toyed with my blog and could finally find a way to delete it.will promise u that I will make decent one shortly.By the way with Malavika around how do find time to blog?????

mrinal said...

hey check out my blog VANI whole day toiled at my blog and did some mokeying around.problem is I d'nt get to write everyday

knitnkanmani said...

Ur saagu recipe turned out so well for me I posted a link to it in my blog :)
Thank you

Vani said...

Thanks for letting me know, KK! Glad you liked it :)