First Birthday! Lentil Saagu/ Lentil Stew

Dear friends,

It is the first birthday of Kannada cuisine! It has been a wonderful journey and I look forward to an exciting long drive...Thanks you all for your support, love and encouragement.

Updates from my kitchen: Finally I was in the kitchen yesterday.
After a strong dose of Menasina Saaru, I started craving for something mild. What would fit such a bill better than Idlis? Because we were having Idlis for dinner, thought of making something more nutritious than chutney to go along. That is how this recipe was conjured up, more out of necessity than anything and easy to be on the dining table before our supper time @ 7.15 PM!

You will need, (Serves 2 )

Split Masoor Dal 1/4 cup
Potatoes 2
Turmeric a pinch
Oil 1 tsp
Onion 1 small
Tomato 1 medium diced
Ginger grated about 1 tsp
Clove 3
Cinnamon 1/4"

For the tempering/Oggarane
Ghee 1 tsp
Hing a generous dash
Mustard seeds 1/4 tsp
Jeera 1/2 tsp
Dry red chillies 4-5

  1. Wash, clean and pat dry the potatoes. Dice and combine with washed moong dal, tomatoes and turmeric, oil in a pressure cooker and cook till the dal is soften about 2 whistles. Set it aside to cool
  2. When the cooker is cool enough to handle, prepare the tempering.
  3. For the tempering, heat ghee in a small pan, drop the mustard seeds, jeera, hing, ginger onions and the chillies. Remove it after a quick minute or two. Pour over the dal mixture.
  4. Heat the dal mixture once again. Throw in crushed cloves and cinnamon, adjust salt, sqeeze in the juice of half a lime and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  5. Serve hot with Idlis/ Pooris/Chapati


Lakshmi said...

Happy Birthday to your blog and I wish you many more years of happy blogging. Sagu looks good and the recipe is new to me so got to try it sometime

Poonam said...

Happy Birthday!! saagu looks easy and nice

Savi-Ruchi said...

Happy Birthday!!
This saagu is new to me too :)
I love anything with masoor dal, should have tasted yum, madi nodthene.

Asha said...

Hope you are better today, Smitha. Take care, lot of cold virus going on here too.

Saagu looks mouthwatering, good one. I will try your version too, thanks.

Happy first blog anniversary to you, enjoy blogging! :))

Kannada Cuisine said...

Thanks LG, Poonam,Sushma and Ashakka!

Rachel said...

Happy Blogaversary! I enjoyed my visit to your blog.

Adlak's tiny world said...

Happy Birthday... wishing u to celeberate more and more.. lentil sagu looks nice and inviting.

Ashwini said...

Happy Birthday to your blog..Keep blogging..Nice looking saagu..Yumm

Unknown said...

Happy birthday to Kannada cusine and saagu looks so perfect nice color

Deepthi Shankar said...

Happy Birthday to your Blog. lookingfwd to many more years of recipe sharing .. lentil saagu is new to me. Iam sure it goes good with idlies & even dosas ..

Kannada Cuisine said...

Thanks again Rachel,Adlak's tiny world, Deesha, Ashwini, Rekha!! Thanks you wonderful people for all your support

Unknown said...

smitha avare.happy birthday to you wonderful blog.

Neha said...

Congrats for urs blog b'day..
Saagu is something new..

Archy said...

Happy anniversary.. saagu looks nice, shall try this for idli!!

Vani said...

Happy first birthday, Smitha! Looking forward to many many more yum posts from you!

Kannada Cuisine said...

Thanks lot Swetha, Neha, Archy and Vani...

Gayathri said...

Happy birthday to Kannada Cusine...wishing to see more and more wonderful birthdays with yummy recipes.......Sagu looks nice:)