sagu recipe

Sagu Recipe

By Swasthi on August 20, 2023, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Sagu Recipe also called as aloo Saagu or Bombay Sagu is served in South Indian restaurants especially in Karnataka with Dosa, Poori, Rava Idli and many other Breakfast dishes. This also goes well with even with Roti, Phulka or chapati. Though it is called as Bombay Saagu, it is a typical Karnataka style side dish that can also be made without onion and garlic. Hot Poori with this potato sagu is a delight to the taste buds.

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Sagu can be made with one vegetable or with mixed vegetables. Various vegetables like potatoes, peas, carrots and bell peppers are used to make this dish.

Though I make other sides like this Poori Masala, Aloo Masala, Potato Kurma and Bombay Chutney to go with the pooris, this potato sagu is made most often since it is super easy and quick.

This aloo sagu can be prepared in just 20 minutes, including the chopping time. No pre boiling of potatoes is needed, however you can also use boiled potatoes. The best part is that it leaves us feeling full for long, meaning it is the best side for our breakfast or lunch.

How to Make Potato Sagu (Stepwise Photos)

1. Peel and chop potatoes to small cubes. The smaller, the quicker the curry gets cooked. I chop them to almost half inch.

2. Heat oil in a deep pan, add mustard, cumin and curry leaves.

3. When the spices begin to crackle, add hing, green chilies, potatoes and peas. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Make sure you add enough green chilies since there is no red chili powder used. The heat comes only from green chilies.

crackling spices to make potato sagu recipe step 1

4. Pour water to cover the potatoes and allow the potatoes to cook. You can also cook these in a pressure cooker but I prefer to cook in pot otherwise they may turn

addition of water to make sagu recipe

5. While the potatoes cook, make a fine powder of the fried gram.

powdered fried gram in jar for making sagu recipe

6. Add very little water to make a thick paste but of pouring consistency. Add salt and turmeric to the paste.

addition of water to pot for making sagu recipe

7. Once the potatoes are soft cooked, pour this mix and let it simmer till the gravy thickens. If your gravy becomes runny, you can mix some more fried gram powder with very little water and pour it to the gravy. Off the heat.

making potato gravy for aloo sagu recipe 6

8. Add lemon juice and stir well. Garnish with coriander leaves.

sagu recipe also known as potato sagu

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sagu recipe

Sagu Recipe

Karnataka style potato sagu made with potatoes, peas, spices and fried gram. Serve it with poori, dosa or rava idli.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 2 potatoes large , cubed small
  • ¼ cup green peas fresh or frozen
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 to 3 green chilies slit
  • ¼ cup fried gram , putnala pappu / roasted gram/ bhuna chana dal
  • 1 Pinch mustard
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • 1 Pinch hing
  • 1 pinch turmeric
  • Salt as needed
  • 2 tbsps Oil
  • 2 tbsps lemon juice (adjust)


How to Make Sagu

  • Heat a pan with oil, add cumin, mustard and curry leaves.
  • Let the spices begin to splutter, then add hing, green chilies, potatoes and peas. Fry for around 2 to 3 mins.
  • Add enough water to cover the potatoes and allow them to soft cook.
  • While the potatoes cook, make a fine powder of the fried gram in a mixer.
  • Add little water just enough to make a thick paste of the gram flour. It must be of pouring consistency. Add salt and turmeric to the paste.
  • When the potatoes are cooked, pour the mix and stir well to prevent lumps. Simmer the gravy till it thickens. Switch off the stove.
  • Add lemon juice and mix well. Garnish potato sagu with coriander leaves.


If your gravy becomes runny, you can mix more fried gram powder with very little water and pour it to the gravy while it is still cooking. stir well

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Sagu Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Sodium 90mg4%
Potassium 576mg16%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 31.9mg39%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Can we use besan(gram floor ) instead of gram powder?

Will be trying out the recipe today ,let’s see how it comes out to be . i swear by your coconut chutney and karahi paneer recipe .i am totally new to cooking but whatever I make with your recipes turns out great ,family loves it . thanks dear

Hi Swasthi,
I live your recipes. I am a novice cook, but your recipes are inspiring, interesting and give me great results.
Thanks for being such a great support.

5 stars
At first I was not sure about this recipe then I realised I forgot to put the lemon in it. What a difference that made. Ate it with roti and loved it. Tasty and easy to make.

5 stars
Thank u dear.

5 stars
I love all your recipes..
Will try n let you know the results…

Prepared this today to accompany poori. Generally I don’t like potato curries with poori, but this one I personally liked it

4 stars
About potato saagu
Simple recipe
Very tasty

5 stars
A HEALTHY, EASY, QUICK, TASTY RECIPE.. I prepare this kind of recipe for the 1st time, but still it turned out very well. I never ever heard of preparing a dish by adding roasted chanadal powder.

This kind of healthy recipes can be given to kids also,


Simple but awesome

No Masala!
Can I add gram powder instead of grinding?

I made it today. It came out pretty good. Didn’t add peas. But still eatable.

Will try today recipe looks great

my favorite sagu Swasthi. Looks very good!

never added dal powder before, nice to know that, love the new look.

nice instructive and beautiful recipe too..

The concept of adding gram flour to thicken a gravy is actually new to me. I’ve always used cornflour or all purpose flour. This is interesting. Great recipe!

Love the new look of your blog…I like the idea of adding gram flour to thicken the gravy…the curry sounds simple and easy..bookmarked!!