Mixed Vegetable Sagu – Karnataka Special Meals


I am back to Blogging after what seems like ages though it’s actually been just a month. This week I will be posting three different thalis or combo menus. When Valli announced this theme, she was benevolent to allow us to post one recipe from our previous thali menus. So when I checked on the few thalis I posted, I realised I had not posted this awesome recipe of the mixed vegetable sagu from the Karnataka special meals I posted a while ago. The amazing thing about this sagu is that it has quite a few vegetables, is delicious, quite easy to make and best of all it goes with poori, dosa, rotis and rice. So what I do is make a big batch of it for a Saturday / Sunday and have it for breakfast with dosa, for lunch with rice / poori and for dinner with rotis. The meals seem different but involve less effort from my end and I can enjoy the weekend too. Yay!


The Sagu is not very spicy and so works well with kids too. If your kid loves coconut like mine does, it is a perfect way to sneak the vegetables in. Sagu is a also made with potatoes only but I love the mixed vegetable option better because I eat way too many potatoes as is. So here goes –

Serves 4-5

Recipe adapted from here


2-3 Carrots, medium size

4-5 Cauliflower florets

1 Potato, big

8-10 French beans

1/4 cup green peas

1 Onion, big

1 Tomato, big

1 tbsp Oil

1/4 tsp Mustard seeds

1/2 tsp Urad dal, split and skinless

1 sprig Curry leaves


To grind

1/2 cup Grated coconut, loosely packed

1″ Ginger, skinned and finely chopped

3-4 Garlic cloves, chopped

1 tsp Cumin seeds

1 tsp Coriander seeds

2 tbsp Roasted gram

1 tsp Poppy seeds

2 Green chillies, chopped

1″ Cinnamon

2-3 Cloves

1 Cardamom, green

2 tbsp Coriander leaves, chopped


  • Chop the carrots, potato, beans and cauliflower florets
  • Add salt and steam them for 12-15 minutes or and set aside
  • Take all the ingredients specified under ‘to grind’ above and grind them to a fine paste with little water and set aside
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds
  • Once it splutters, add the Urad dal and curry leaves
  • Chop the onion and add it to the pan
  • Once the onion is translucent, add the chopped tomato and let it cook till the tomato is soft
  • Add the cooked vegetables and ground paste
  • Add a little water if necessary. The Sagu needs to be at a thick gravy consistency
  • Adjust for salt and let it come to a boil, around 7-10 Minutes
  • Simmer 2-3 minutes and turn off the gas
  • Serve hot with rice, roti, poori or set dosa
  • Enjoy!

This is my post for the Blogging Marathon under the theme, ‘Thalis’.


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16 Comments Add yours

  1. That’s a lovely spread ! The sagu is a new dish for me , I am bookmarking this Thali and will ask you to send me all the authentic recipes to try .

  2. usha says:

    Mouthwatering spread of food and everything on the thali looks delicious.

  3. What an amazing spread. I am drooling over it. It has been a long time since I ate bisibele bath and pooris.

  4. manjulabharathkumar2016 says:

    wow thats in one amazing platter , am feeling so hungry now. bise bele bhath looks so drool-worthy. Pass me the plate please. Delicious Sagu recipe.

  5. Harini says:

    Very inviting platter, Sowmya. Love your idea of making it in a huge batch and making do for breakfast,lunch and dinner 🙂

  6. Jyoti Babel says:

    Wow, such an elaborate spread. The sagu recipe is looking good – quite elaborate. Thanks to BM my food knowledge gets enhanced reading such posts.

  7. Srivalli Jetti says:

    Awesome spread Sowmya and good to read about the sagu finally, though you shared the recipe, I never came around making it, now I can easily refer it here…should I mention your thali makes me hungry!..very nice combination of dishes..

  8. That is a delicious spread. Sagu is interesting, loaded with vegetables and so healthy. A must try.

  9. srividhya says:

    Wow, I have a Karnataka thali coming up as well. Love this sagu. I agree it goes with both Tiffin and rice. Yummy spread sowmya.

  10. code2cook says:

    you reminded my stay in bangalore. In udupi garden restaurant we ordered this kind of thali many times. every item is so delicious and mouthwatering.

  11. Priya Suresh says:

    That thali looks just prefect to finish my meal happily without any fuss, vegetable sagu with some pooris will definitely keeps me warm.

  12. Today is my first day of Navratri fasting and I am craving for this thali which I should not. Everything looks so delicious.

  13. that is one awesome spread dear! we love sagu, especially my kids, since it is mildly spiced they both love it with their roti/poori!

  14. Pavani says:

    That is one awesome thali Sowmya. Everything on that plate looks absolutely delicious. Mixed veg sagu looks creamy and yummy.

  15. chefmireille says:

    this dish sounds delicious and the whole thali looks amazing – what a spread!

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