Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Palanga Saga besara (Palak & vegetables in a mustard gravy)

Another famous recipe of Odisha is saga besara means leafy vegetables with mustard paste. Wow i just love this..This is a very helathy dish goes well with chapatti/ steamed rice. I love palak and often cook with it . This preparation is very simple & healthy. So donot  waste them away in the refrigerator... I had some fresh palak and other vegetables  so decided to make this curry & it turned out well....so friend without much ado lets start the recipe....

Palak- 1 bunch chopped
Potato- 1 medium size cut in cubes
French beans 5-6 nos- cut in 2” long pieces
Cauliflower florets – 1 cup (optional)
radish- 1/2 cup sliced
1-2 small size brinjals/ eggplants - cut in cubes
Badi- 8-10 fried
Tomato- 1 meduim size sliced
Red Onion- 1 medium size sliced
mustard oil/ refined Oil- 2tblsp
Panch phutan- 1 tsp (Mix of mustard, cumin, fenugreek, nigella& fennel seeds )
Dry red chillies- 2 nos
Turmeric powder/ Haldi- ½ tsp
Salt as per the taste

For gravy:
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Cumin seeds- ½ tsp
Poppy seeds- 1tsp (Optional)
Garlic cloves- 3 nos
Green chilly- 2 nos
(Grind the above ingredients & make a fine paste)


  Take a pan. Heat 1tblsp oil.  Add all the vegetables except brinjal, tomatoes & spinach. Shallow fry for 2-3 min. 

Then add the previously done mustard paste.
Mix well  sauté of 5-8 sec & immediately add 1 cup of water to the vegetables. (Don’t sauté the masala too much to avoid the bitterness)
Add salt as per the taste & turmeric powder. Cover the pan with a lid. 

When the curry will start boiling add the brinjals/ eggplants. Again cover the lid. let the curry boil till all the veggies are cooked. 
Now remove the lid add the chopped spinach, tomatoes. Mix well. Let the curry cook for another 5 mins till the spinach/palak gets cooked. Add the badi pieces.


Okaayy...now the gravy part is done will do the seasoning.....

Heat oil in a another pan. Add 1 tblsp of oil. Add dry red chillies & panch phutan. Let it crackle. Then add the red onions. Sauté till it it beomes soft.
Now add the gravy in to the seasoning & mix well. turn off the gas & cover with a lid for 5-10 mins.


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Sensible Vegetarian said...

Lovely authentic recipe, book marking.

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Sravs said...

Quiet new to me !! looks so tasty !! Thanks for linking to the event !!

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Vardhini said...

New one and looks yummy. Nice combo of vegetables and spinach. Thx for linking to the event.


Rosh said...

Very interesting. Healthy!

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