Poi saaga with vegetables

October 8, 2008
Our needs & aspiration change according to time and situation and I am no exception either, few things that were never a priority suddenly become more coveted and precious. I have a very long list but the one that tops the list is my new Camera at present. I was never interested in taking photographs as much as liking to be photographed. On the contrary my hubby loved to capture everything on celluloid and is always very keen to update to the latest gadgets. He loves to carry his camera wherever possible and recording every tidbits and photographs are always part of his travelogue. Since I never showed any interest in taking picture I was never enthusiastic to shop for new ones or update to the latest offering.

Well when I started blogging, I realized the importance of photography and it was the stepping stone for me touch and utilizes the gizmo’s that were always neglected. From the food blogs I saw the magic in photographs and the emotions that they evoke even without tasting a single morsel I could taste the delicacies in their entirety. Seeing my love for the ubiquitous gadget my hubby decided to get me a digital SLR and on our last trip to Hong Kong. I was overjoyed with thought of being gifted an entry level professional camera. He is my inspiration behind the pictures and he always encourages me to “start living with the camera” and I hope someday I would be able to capture better images.

Just meandering close to our place I took pictures of this pagoda and later on my entering I found this to be a beautiful and vast seafood restaurant serving a plethora of seafood delicacies.

I find it difficult now to decide what is more precious, my Nikon D80 or my kitchen with my oven and cookware etc all.

Coming to my recipe of Poi saaga, it is one our delicacy and goes well with shrimps and fish head. The vegetarian version is also very delectable.

3 cups poi saaga (leaves chopped and thick stems discarded)
1 cup chopped potatoes
¾ cup chopped pumpkin
¾ cup chopped eggplants
1 small onion chopped
1 tablespoon garlic minced
1 tablespoon ginger chopped
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 teaspoon pancha putona
2 to 3 dry red chilies
Salt to taste


Heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the pancha potona and redchiliies. When they start to crackle, add onions. Sauté till they are translucent and add chopped potatoes and pumpkin. Cover and cook till they are tender on a low fire. Add eggplants and keep stirring on low fire. When the eggplants are tender add the dry masala, salt to taste except garam masala. Add poi saag and keep sautéing it. Cover and occasionally stir it and cook on a low fire they till they are done and stems are tender.

 Sprinkle garam masala and serve hot with roti or rice.

Note – An alternative to Poi saag is Swiss chard. The ratio of vegetables used is as per taste.




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  • Reply Cham October 8, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Looks delectable ur plate!

  • Reply Usha October 9, 2008 at 12:17 am

    This is so healthy and looks delicious 🙂

  • Reply Divya Vikram October 9, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Great pics!Dish looks spicy n yumm!

  • Reply Uma October 9, 2008 at 12:18 am

    mmm. what a delicious curry! Looks so mouth-watering with all that yummy combinations. Congrats on your new camera and you have taken a stunning picture of the pagoda.

  • Reply Mrs.Kannan October 9, 2008 at 12:18 am

    The photo looks so great…and the entree too

  • Reply Priyanka October 9, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Poi is a a different variation of leafy greens with which my grandma used to make pakoras….the leaves were thick and had a crunchy taste to it. However i believe with your version, poi stands for any leafy green, right? the pics look fabulous and so does the dish.

  • Reply Anil P October 9, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Nikon D80 is fairly advanced. I use one too. The pictures on your post have turned out nice.

    Once you begin looking at the world through the eyes of a camera there’re many details you will begin to notice that you might not have before.

  • Reply Jo October 9, 2008 at 12:18 am

    I must say that your investment in your camera has really paid off. Lovely pictures.

  • Reply Sangeeth October 9, 2008 at 12:18 am

    yummy! is that y ur pic is with the handy cam?;) it is true that pics r very imp for food blog and I am trying hard to improve!

  • Reply anudivya October 9, 2008 at 12:18 am

    What a picture! If someone can make greens appetizing, I think it is you…

  • Reply Bhawana October 9, 2008 at 12:18 am

    loved ur pics :). recipe is looking completely tempting.

  • Reply Hetal October 9, 2008 at 12:33 am

    nice recipe…lokks very delicious.

  • Reply Aparna October 10, 2008 at 6:46 am

    Your dish and the pictures are good, so I’d say your camera is certainly helping.:)
    Just a couple of questions. What exactly is poi saag?
    Is panch putona the same as panch phoran?

  • Reply Madhavi October 10, 2008 at 6:46 am

    Looks amazing, tempting entry!!!

  • Reply Sireesha October 10, 2008 at 6:46 am

    Happy Dusshera to you and Your Family !!!

    Great and lovely pics…..Dish looks healthy and yummy…..

  • Reply bee October 12, 2008 at 5:08 am

    what a gorgeous pagoda!!!

  • Reply Kevin October 12, 2008 at 5:09 am

    That leafy greens salad looks tasty!

  • Reply delhibelle October 12, 2008 at 5:09 am


  • Reply vandana rajesh October 17, 2008 at 6:43 am

    The plate look so very inviting.

  • Reply Sagari October 17, 2008 at 6:44 am

    very healthy recipe shibhanni

  • Reply Usha October 17, 2008 at 6:44 am

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  • Reply Kitchen Flavours October 17, 2008 at 6:44 am

    Wow looks yummy, simple and easy if all the veggies are handy. Nice clicks.

  • Reply Daziano October 20, 2008 at 3:56 am

    Wow, your picture is gorgeous!!!

    And the recipe looks yummy and interesting, as always!

  • Reply meeso October 21, 2008 at 12:53 am

    I always love a dish of greens, this really looks delicious!

  • Reply Sophie October 25, 2008 at 2:46 am

    The green veggies look delicious! I would love to include your recipe in our pre-loaded Demy, the first and only digital recipe reader. Please email if you’re interested.

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