Sago Tomato Upma

I almost always have used Sago only to make dessert, that too payasam. So, when I wanted to make something for ‘Cooking with Seeds – Sago’ event, I wanted to make something savory. I planned on making sago veg cutlets and soaked the sago for a couple of hours yesterday evening. Unfortunately, the sago I had needed more soaking time and I ended up making the cutlets without adding sago. The sago kept soaking overnight. I was half expecting to see white colored mush when I opened the container that contained the soaking sago this morning. Instead, I saw perfectly soft sago pearls that held its shape miraculously. Lesson learnt: Sago(atleast the one I have that I got from India) needs to soak overnight). I decided to make a quick breakfast out of it and decided on trying this tomato baath, since I have quite a lot of summer tomatoes in the fridge. It turned out to be a quick, easy and flavorful dish.

1 cup sago, soaked overnight
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard
1 tsp split urad dal
1 tsp channa dal
1/2 onion finely chopped
2 tomatoes finely chopped
5 green chillies slit
curry leaves
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt to taste

Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Splutter the mustard and add the urad dal and channa dal. When the dals turn brown add the onions, curry leaves and slit green chillies. Saute adding a little bit of salt and the turmeric powder until the onions turn soft and translucent. Add the chopped tomatoes and saute until soft and all the moisture from the tomatoes is cooked out. Add the completely drained sago to this mixture and saute until the sago pearls turn translucent and are cooked completely. Sprinkle the lemon juice and cook until the juice is completely absorbed. Check for seasoning. Serve hot!

Verdict: The sago pearls are like a white canvas, they absorbed the flavor of the tomatoes and the lemon juice beautifully. This dish is amazingly very filling, I could eat only a little bit and remained full for a pretty long time. Very easy breakfast item too.

Needless to say, this goes to the ‘Cooking with Seeds – Sago’ Event originally started by Priya and hosted by Niloufer Riyaz this month.

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