Poori Saagu

Everyone in our family just loves Poori Saagu. The reason I like to make saagu either with poori or chapathi is the amount of vegetables you can use and disguise many of them and feed it to your kids. Yes, if you have picky eaters, saagu is the best way to help them eat most vegetables.

Any hard vegetable can be used with Saagu. In many of our families, we use the following vegetables in Saagu: Potatoes, Coyote, Cauliflower, Capsicum, Carrot, Peas, Beans, any sprouted beans.

In my case, as you can see below in the picture, I used sprouted green gram, potato, capsicum, carrot, and coyote. So, lets see the recipe now.


  • 3 Potatoes, washed and chopped
  • 2 coyote or semebadanekayi, washed and chopped
  • 2 cups sprouted green gram or hesara kalu
  • 1 large capsicum chopped
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • Grind to a smooth paste: 3/4 cup fresh coconut, 5 tsp dalia or Hurigadale or Putani, 6 green chillies, 1/4 bunch cilantro, 1 inch ginger, 1 tsp Jeera, 3 tsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp kuskus


  • Pressure cook for one whistle all the vegetables.
  • Grind all the ingredients mentioned above into a smooth paste.
  • In a pan, heat 2 tsp oil. When it is hot, add mustard seeds, hing. Next, add all the cooked vegetables. Mix in the ground paste.
  • Add salt and cook for 5-6 minutes.

Another version of Saagu, which was prepared using peas, corn, beans, carrot, potatoes, capsicum. Served along with Chapathi.

P.S: This quantity serves 4 people and takes approximately 30 minutes to prepare. Most time is spent washing and chopping the vegetables. You can also cook the vegetables in microwave which should require less time, since if you are pressure cooking you have to wait until the pressure comes down.

13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by rama on April 2, 2016 at 2:29 am

    you have forgotten to add tamarind in saagu recipe


  2. Posted by Ragini on August 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Hi Meera,

    Is Kuskus Seeme Akki? Or Poppy Seeds?




  3. Posted by Lavanya on November 1, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Dear Meera,

    Thanks for this simple recipe of sagu. My son who generally doesn’t like veggies asked me to prepare this for a second time this week.
    Thanks once again.



  4. I heard his word saagu a lot of times….but doesnt excatly doent know wht it means…is it a vegetable or way of cooking. meera????


  5. […] with Saagu or tomato chutney or hesaru bele thove or any other […]


  6. Posted by meeraghu on October 3, 2008 at 10:56 am

    My mom has a very special recipe for Poori, I will share it soon.


  7. Posted by Venkatesh Rao on October 3, 2008 at 10:50 am

    It would also be great if you put the recipe for the poori.
    I tried to make it but it doesn’t puff up. I think my mom used to put rave in the mix along with wheat.


  8. Posted by meeraghu on October 3, 2008 at 8:56 am

    I wanted to post it for a long time, just didn’t have time to click pictures every time I made this. It is healthy, spicy, and full of nutrients.


  9. Posted by Venkatesh Rao on October 3, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Cool !!!
    I was looking for a sagu recipe since a long time. Good that you put it here.


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