Monday, February 19, 2018

Sagu Masala Dosa Recipe

sagu masala dosa
Sagu Masala dosa recipe with step by step photos.Sagu is a typical karnataka style mixed vegetable curry made out of coconut paste with few spices which makes it unique in taste.Usually Sagu is eaten with set dosa or poori and you can even pair it with simple pulav or can be eaten with chapati/roti too.
sagu masala dosa
I love to eat masala dosa any day and I try to cover many of my favorite dosa joints during my trip to Bangalore.You get the best masala dosa in Bangalore and I have mentioned in many of my earlier posts how the masala dosa available in bangalore is different from the other parts of the country.There is another version of masala dosa called Sagu masala dosa which is available only in few hotels.If I see Sagu masala dosa in the menu that would be my obvious choice than the masala dosa as I love the sagu masala dosa very much.A generous serving of thick sagu is smeared inside the dosa instead of the regular potato masala which makes it quite unique in taste.
vegetable sagu
We are lucky to have MTR in Singapore to satisfy a good masala dosa craving for a Bangalorean.Most of my trips to MTR would be having this sagu masala dosa as a constant order apart from Set dosa,Bisebele bath etc.I have not clicked step wise pics for this post but will update the space when I do next.
Check out other stuffed dosa varieties in my blog:
sagu masala dosa
Here is how to make sagu masala dosa with step by step photos:
Sagu Masala Dosa Recipe:
Serves 3-4 | Author: Prathibha
Prep time: 20 mins | Cooking time: 20 mins | Total time: 40 mins + fermentation time
Cuisine: Karnataka | Category: Breakfast

for Dosa batter:
2 cups Raw Rice
1 cup Idli Rice/Par boiled Rice
3/4 cup Poha/flattened Rice
3-4 tbsp Urad dal
1 tsp Methi(Fenugreek) seeds
Salt,to taste
1/8 tsp Cooking soda

for Vegetable Sagu:
2 cups of finely diced Mixed Vegetables(Carrot,Potato,Beans,Green Peas,Cauliflower)
1 Onion,roughly chopped
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
2 tbsp Oil/Ghee
Salt to taste

ingredients to grind for Sagu:
1" Cinnamon stick
4-5 Cloves
1-2 Marathi Moggu
1/2 cup fresh grated Coconut
1 tbsp Khus khus
1 tbsp Fried gram
5-6 Green chillies
a handful of chopped Coriander leaves,optional
1 tsp Oil

to prepare dosa batter:
  • Soak both the rice together with methi seeds for 5-6 hours and soak urad dal with poha in another vessel for 3-4 hours.
  • Wash the rice and urad dal+poha separately.
  • Grind urad dal with poha to a smooth batter in the wet grinder and add rice to it and grind until smooth by adding enough water.
  • Remove the batter to a vessel and add enough salt and little rinsed water(from the grinder bowl) and mix it nicely with the hand and cover it and let it ferment for 9-10 hours.
to prepare Vegetable Sagu:
  • Heat a tsp of oil in a kadai/pan and add green chillies and fry them, but be careful as the whole green chillies might burst.You can make a small slit if you want to avoid bursting.Add cinnamon,marathi moggu and cloves to it and fry for sometime.
  • Grind the fried ingredients with grated fresh coconut,khus khus, fried gram, coriander leaves and make it into a smooth puree.
  • In a cooker,heat oil crackle mustard seeds and fry chopped onions until pink.Now add vegetables and fry until they are slightly crisp.
  • Add the ground masala and fry until the mixture leaves the oil and then add enough salt and 1/3 cup of water and pressure cook for 1-2 whistles(do not over cook).Once the pressure is released add lemon juice to it and give a good stir.
to prepare Sagu Dosa:
  • Take required amount of fermented batter in a bowl and add little water to get the pouring consistency and add cooking soda and mix it nicely.
  • Heat a thick dosa tawa and sprinkle some water to make sure that the tawa is hot.
  • Pour a big ladle of batter onto a medium hot pan and spread it in the circular motion towards the outer edge to form a uniform round shaped dosa.Do not make this dosa either very thin nor very thick.
  • Pour 1 tbsp oil/ghee approx over it and around the edges and cover it with a lid.
  • Let it roast on medium-high flame for 1-2 mins,remove the lid and spread 3-4 tbsp of vegetable sagu on the dosa and increase the flame and roast for another 1 minute.Fold it and serve.You can even spread coconut chutney on the dosa and place the sagu one side and then fold it.
  • Reduce the flame for one minute and hten start preparing the next dosa.Do not pour the batter on high flame,the batter will stick to the tawa.If you feel the tawa is over heated sprinkle some water over it before making next dosa.
Serve the sagu dosa hot with coconut chutney and sagu on the side.

  1. As the quantity of urad dal is less this batter needs more fermentation time.If your dosa is porous you can avoid adding cooking soda else you can add little bit and then make dosas.
  2. Sagu needs to be thick as we are placing it inside the dosa and hence if you feel the sagu is slightly thin,put it on high flame until the water evaporates a bit and become a thick gravy.
  3. You can prepare masala dosa using the same batter, it comes out super crispy outside and spongy inside.
              sagu masala dosa

Monday, February 12, 2018

Gutti Kakarakaya | Andhra style stuffed Bitter gourd Recipe

gutti kakarakaya
Gutti Kakarakaya recipe with step by step photos.I have mentioned many times before that Bitter gourd is a favorite vegetable to TH and it is a norm to make a bitter gourd variety in any form atleast in one meal over the weekend.He likes the simple preparations like bitter gourd fry, bitter gourd onion curry where as I prefer to eat the stuffed versions as the bitterness can be balanced in the stuffed version. I had already posted a couple of stuffed bitter gourd recipes like Stuffed Karela with Besan, Stuffed Karela with Onion and today I am posting another version which is my mom's signature recipe.
gutti kakarakaya
Though I was never a fan of bitter gourd but always love my mom's Kakarakaya Podi and her version of stuffed bitter gourd which she fondly calls as 'Kakarakaya Biscuit'. I don't know why she gave it that name but even I got used to call this version as Kakarakaya biscuit.My mom's Kakarakaya podi is always a hit among my family and friends,whoever has tried it till date they just loved it and asked for extra helpings, it accompanies in my lunch quite often.
stuffed bittergourd
Check out other bitter gourd recipes in my blog:
stuffed bittergourd
Here is how to make gutti kakarakaya recipe with step by step photos:

Gutti Kakarakaya | Andhra style stuffed Bittergourd Recipe:
Serves 2 | Author: Prathibha
Prep time: 15 mins | Cooking time: 30 mins | Total time: 45 mins
Cuisine: Andhra | Category: Main course-Dry Curry

6-8 small Bitter gourds
1.5 tbsp Coriander seeds
1 tbsp Tamarind pulp
1/3 tsp Turmeric powder
1.5 tsp Red chili pwoder
1 tsp grated Jaggery
2-3 tbsp Oil,to fry

to roast and grind:
1.5 tbsp Chana dal
1.5 tbsp Urad dal
1/2" Cinnamon
3-4 Cloves
1/4 cup grated dry Coconut
1 Onion,sliced
5-6 Garlic pods

  • Wash and trim the edges of the bitter gourds,peel them and make a cut vertically keeping the edges intact and scoop out the seeds.Peeling the skin is optional.
  • Apply salt all over the bitter gourds inside and outside and leave it for 1-2 hours.You can even par boil them in tamarind water for 5-6 mins.Both the methods reduce the bitterness.
  • Dry roast chana dal,urad dal along with cinnamon and cloves until the dals turn slightly red in color,remove them.
  • In the same pan add dry coconut,sliced onion and garlic pods and fry for a couple of minutes.Cool them.
  • Grind raw coriander seeds with the roasted dals, red chili powder, turmeric powder to a coarse powder.
  • Add the roasted coconut,onion,garlic and tamarind pulp and jaggery and grind to a paste.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil and add the ground paste and fry nicely until the mixture is dry and starts leaving the oil at the edges.
  • Stuff the slit bitter gourds with this mixture.
  • Heat a wide pan and add 2 tbsp oil and place the bitter gourds with the stuffed side down and let them cook over low-medium flame until they are brown and roasted on all the sides.Keep turning them in between for even roasting.
Serve it hot with hot steamed rice.You can mix it with rice or eat as a side dish with dal/sambar/rasam.


  • You can stuff the fried mixture in small brinjals to make gutti vankaya or blanched dondakaya(tindora) to make gutti dondakaya or in ridge gourd roundels to make gutti beerakaya.All the versions taste yumm.
  • I did not have dry coconut at that moment and hence I used grated fresh coconut.
stuffed bittergourd
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Monday, February 5, 2018

Dahiwale Amrud | Guava Curry with Yogurt

dahiwale amrud
Dahiwale Amrud recipe with step by step photos.I had posted a Guava Sabzi recipe some time back, it is a quick curry made out of very few ingredients yet very flavorful and tastes nice. It has become a norm to prepare guava sabzi when ever I get guavas home and have recently tried another version with yogurt -Dahiwale Amrud from Sanjeev Kapoor's book,this tastes good too but I like the other version better.Dahiwale Amrud is typically a marwadi dish and you can definitely try it for a change to the usual cooking.
dahiwale amrud
Here is how to make dahiwale amrud with step by step photos.
Dahiwale Amrud | Guava Curry with Yogurt:
Serves 3-4 | Source: Sanjeev Kapoor
Prep time: 5 mins | Cooking time: 20 mins | Total time: 25 mins
Cuisine: Rajasthani | Category: Main course-Side dish

4 Guavas
1 medium Tomato,chopped
1/4 tsp Garam masala powder
1/2 tsp Sugar
Salt,to taste

to mix together:
1/2 cup Yogurt
1/2 tbsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Red chili powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Amchur powder(dried mango powder)

to temper:
2 tbsp Ghee
2 Green chilies,chopped
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Fennel seeds
1/4 tsp Asafoetida

  • Remove the seeds and cut the guavas into small pieces.
  • Whisk the yogurt well with coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder and amchur powder.
  • Heat ghee in a kadai and add chopped green chilies, cumin seeds, fennel seeds and asafoetida and stir to mix.
  • Reduce the flame or remove the kadai from the flame and add the whisked yogurt,tomato and salt and  put it on the flame back and stir for a while.
  • Add 3/4 cup of water and bring to a boil.Add the guavas and let the gravy come to a boil again.Lower  the heat,cover and cook stirring occasionally till the guavas are cooked.
  • Add the garam masala powder and sugar and cook for another 3-4 mins.
Serve it hot with phulka/parathas.

dahiwale amrud
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