I have learnt most of my cooking from my mom and have no professional experience at all. I always wondered that cooking with so many ingredients would be a really complex affair, as the measures have to be just of in the right quantity and they need to go into the preparation at the right time to enhance the flavours.
Well that is what happens when you start to make the complex dishes without getting your basics correct. Sat saagi is something similar, looks complex, but is possibly the simplest dish to make. Sat (seven) saagi (vegetables), as the name suggests is made up by the mash up of seven diverse vegetables and each having their own unique place in the world of taste.
To quickly make you visualize the variety, it is a mash-up of Potatoes, Ridge gourd, bottle gourd, Okra, colocasia (arbi for the lay man), green peas, amaranthus leaves, cluster beans, tinda (indian round gourd) Phew!!!! So actually if you counted there are more than seven vegetables in there. So the rule is that you need minimum seven in there for the dish to come out well.
The above is some combination and would take some amount of effort to blend them in together, but let us see how simple it could be:
Potatoes : 100gms
Ridge Gourd : 250 gms
Bottle gourd : 250 gms
Okra : 100 gms
Colocasia (arbi) : 100 gms
Green Peas : 100 gms
Cluster beans : 100 gms
Tinda : 100 gms
Amaranthus leaves : 1 bundle (100 gms)
Fresh groundnuts : 100 gms
Green Chillies : 8 – 10
Jeera : half a tea spoon
Ginger : ½ inch
Hing (asafoetida) : half a tea spoon
Dry mango powder : half a spoon
Garam Masala : half a tea spoon
Salt to taste
- Cut and wash all the vegetables
- Saute Arbi and Okra for a while in a bit of oil.
- Heat 2 table spoons of oil in a pressure cooker pan and add the hing first and then the jJeera. Let the Jjeera crackle and then add the vegetables along with the green chillies and the ginger.
- Sautee for a minute and then add some water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.
- Once done, open the cooker and mash the vegetables
- Add the dry mango powder and garam masala and mix
- Serve hot with puree or chapati
Believe me, this combination does bring out all individual flavours and as you can see it is really simple to make. No fuss recipe, all you need is minimum seven of the above vegetables.