Sunday, June 13, 2010


Leafy vegetables are considered to be best food because it is low in calorie and fat but very high in protein and vitamins. I remember when I was in my childhood I never liked leafy vegetables and my granny used to force me to eat this, but I escape somehow always.

Now when I have become mother I understand that what my granny was telling me those days it was 100% true. Now I run behind my daughter to feed her vegetables. At home I try to make something or other with greens in every alternate day.

Today I am writing down a recipe what I have cooked in Bhubaneswar during my stay there. This is another one very common dish of Orissa and you can prepare this with any kind of leafy vegetables.

Saagga (Leafy vegetables in Oriya Style)

Preparation time: 10 minutes (Approximately)

Cooking time: 20 minutes (Approximately)

Serves-4 persons


Leafy vegetables- 2 cups (washed and finely chopped)

Brinjal-1 (Medium size cut in cubes)

Pumpkin- ½ cups (cut in cubes)

Green Gram dal- ½ cup

Grated coconut- ¼ cup

Salt- to taste

Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp

Oil-1 tsp

Mustard seeds-1 tsp

Garlic-5-6 cloves (Crushed)

Dry Red Chillies-2

Asafetida-1/4 tsp


• Wash green gram dal and cook in 1 cup water till it is done half.

• Once dal is cooked half then add greens, brinjal and pumpkin along with salt and turmeric powder.

• Cooked in low heat till everything cooked properly.

• Remove from heat.

• Now heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, dry red chillies, asafoetida and crushed garlic.

• Fry till garlic is golden brown colour.

• Add this seasoning to cooked vegetables.

• Add grated coconut and mix well.

• Serve with anything you like.


Priya Suresh said...

Very new dish, looks yumm!

Swathi said...


This curry looks really good.

Pari Vasisht said...

So true, to be a mom is not easy and making the kid eat greens is so difficult.
The saagga looks so tempting, I am surely enjoying learning the odissi style of cooking here.Thanks.

Kiran said...

Sagga looks very delicous and nutritious.Nice and health combination of veggies.Thank you for sharing.

I have started an event with wholegrains: barley and would love to see your delicious and healthy entries for the event.

Unknown said...

Subhashini, lovely looking curry, simply beautiful !!!


This is very healthy and yummy dish, it's quite new to me...

Bo said...

Looks very healthy and delicious!

divya said...

wow.....looks awesome...pass me the whole plate...drooling over the pics.....

GayathriRaj said...

Hey wow thats so nice...till now seeing all types of dishes but never came across oriya dish...but now its so nice to see urs...looking gr8...
Thanks for such a lovely comment on my space...
Glad to come across urs too and happy to follow you......

Madhu said...

Subhashini, Sagga looks lovely. This is why I love blogging. There are so many things we can earn from each other!

Shobha said...

Hi Subhashini ..thanks for visiting my blog and I would love to try out your Oriya dishes...something new for me.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

yummy saaga! Miss all the varieties here..

Unknown said...

First time here..u have a wonderful to follow u..Very new recipe to me..bookmarked..will try this soon and let u know..thx for sharing.

Ojas, VP Oriya Names said...

subhashini, Thanks my wife was looking for ideas for this weekend.