Thursday, April 23, 2009

Pumpkins in Mint sauce / Pumpkin Sagu

Dosa/doses are a must at least once a week at our home. I usually make them during weekend, if the batter is ready, I like to wake up late and not to worry about breakfast. As for the side dish to go with dosa, its usually Sagus(curry with poppy seeds) or Palyas(stir-fry) made with aloo/potatoes or pumpkin.

This weekend I made pumpkin sagu with mint. Just adding one not so usual ingredient like mint, to sagus, gives the dish whole new taste. Since mint tends to overpower the dishes, I have just used a few spring to give the dish nice aroma and sweet flavor of mint.

Ingredients :
Pumpkin/kumbalakaayi - about 2 cups (peeled & cubed, i have used butternut squash)

Oil - 1tbsp
Mustard seeds/ saasive - 1tsp
Channadal/kadalebele - 1tbsp

For grinding to paste:
Poppy seeds/ gasagase - 2tsp
Coconut - 2tbsp (dried or fresh or substitute with nuts)
Cinnamon, cloves - 2 each
Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
Chili's - 2 Green or red
Cilantro leaves - one big handful
Mint leaves - about 2 springs or 10-15 leaves (steams removed)

  1. Peel and chop pumpkins to bit size cubes and keep aside.
  2. Take all the ingredients for grinding and blend in mixer until smooth using little water.
  3. Heat oil, when hot add mustard seeds and Channadal. When Channadal starts to turn brown add chopped pumpkins mix well. Cover with a lid and cook for 5-7 Min's until its half cooked.
  4. Now add the ground paste and enough water, add salt mix well. Cover and cook for another 10 min or so until the flavors combine well . Adjust salt and spice.
  5. Sagu should be of medium consistency, pumpkins should be soft but not mushy. Serve warm with dosas, rotis or rice.

Pumpkin- Mint Sagu with Set Dose

Tastes great with dosas or rice. Enjoy !


  1. I like pumpkin curry..any curry with pumpkin..looks yummy!!

  2. Wow Madhu looks awesome with set dosas..I make this sagu but not tried mint with pumpkin. Will try next time. Yummm

  3. Pumpkins in mint sauce, oh wow I can inhale the refreshing smell of Mint with the sweet taste of pumpkin... Lovely combo... a unique dish...

  4. Madhu, this is something new to me. Looks yummy with dosa

  5. I love Butternut with dose too, but I just do the seasoning than sagu. Sweet and spicy sagu looks great, might try! :)

  6. I tried(tasted) sagu when my sis (nags) was around here last week, when she made the same with potatoes and brinjals..
    Pumpkin should be an apt one..addition of mint sounds interesting..should try! :)

  7. a different to give a try.....looks perfect

  8. Hi, nice recipe - very different, never tried anything like this before.. and man, u are real far from your place...i am just a few states away in india and i feel so distant...cant imagine what it must be like for you...thanks for dropping by my blog...

  9. Pumpkin and mint is a never tried combo for me.. This dish looks absolutely delicious! Will give it a try!

  10. Sounds new to me..looks like nice recipe

  11. Would have been tasted great with dosas! :D I love dosa anyway!

  12. Yummy sagu, thats a very new combination dear!

  13. Love the mint sauce...sounds very falvorful and delicious!

  14. That's a novel sauce is lovely...

  15. I do vegetable saagu for set dosa..your pumpkin sagu looks yumm...very colorful too

  16. Never knew I could make saagu with pumpkin, for me pumpkin always meant palya or curry...will give this a try when i have pumpkin.

  17. Always eaten vegetable sagu with dosa, this is the first time I am seeing this and with mint and butternut squash its a good combo khatta meetha.

  18. I think you somehow fell off my reader. I've missed so many posts!
    Sounds like a fabulous saagu, Madhu! And that set dose looks soo good! Loved the chutney bhath picture too.