Koshala Saga Tarkari | Amaranth Leaves Curry

Monday is here again !! Monday means there must be a post for Foodie Monday Blog Hop team. This time the theme (171th) is decided as ‘SaagSaga‘. That means we have to make a post using any leafy green vegetable aka saag. Well when the theme was chosen, from that day I had listed a no. of dishes in my mind from my home state, Odisha for the contribution. And finally I have ended up with a no-onion-no-garlic curry using amaranth leaves as Amaranth Leaves Curry aka Koshala Saga Tarkari.

Saag / saga plays a vital role in Odia cuisine. There are a number of plants which are used as sag like Palanga Saga (spinach leaves), Koshala Saga (amaranth leaves), Poi Saga (malabar spinach), Kalama Saga (water spinach leaves), Sajana Saga (drumstick leaves / moringa leaves), Madaranga saga (alternanthera sessilis), Pita Saga (glinus oppositifolius), Sunusunia Saga, Kakharu saga (leaves of pumpkin plant) and many more. The simplest way to indulge these leafy greens for me is : First wash and clean the leaves; chopped them; heat oil; add panch phoron, whole red chili, sightly crushed whole garlic cloves; add chopped leaves, salt; mix well and cover; thats all. I love any leafy greens in this way mostly along with water rice (pakhala) or steamed rice-dal combo. 

But today which I have shared the saag dish, Amaranth Leaves Curry aka Koshala Saga Tarkari is prepared using amaranth leaves, some vegetables and a specific masala paste. The saag here used is the amaranth leaves / koshala saga but, I have added both green as well as red varieties. The paste is prepared of cumin seed, mustard seed, whole black pepper, coriander seeds along with little amount of water. The dish is basically prepared in temples, so it is without onion-garlic vegetarian dish. So for any festive season this tarkari is perfectly fit to be on the menu. If you want to try in any other day, then some garlic cloves can be added while making the paste. And also the whole black pepper can be omitted. Instead of ghee, mustard oil can be used to enhance the flavor of the dish along with the garlic flavor. The authentic preparation uses ghee, but I have opted oil here to include a healthy note.

So definitely do try this vegan, gluten-free and without onion & garlic Amaranth Leaves Curry / Koshala Saga Tarkari. If you tried my recipe and enjoyed fully, then please share some pictures of your creation with me. Also kindly give your valuable feedback either in the comment box below or tag me as #firsttimercook on Instagram. You may also follow me on Facebook,  Pinterest,  Twitter,  Google+,  Instagram and can subscribe for free to get new recipes directly into your inbox 😊

Preparation Time : 20 mins  |  Cooking Time : 30 mins

Ingredients :        



Koshala saga (amaranth leave)

(washed & chopped)

2 cup

Colocasia (arbi) (peeled and cut into cubes)

½ cup

Potato (peeled and cut into cubes)

1 cup

Yam (peeled and cut into cubes)

½ cup

Pumpkin (peeled and cut into cubes)

½ cup

Brinjal (cut into cubes)

½ cup

Badi (sun-dried lentil (black gram) dumpling)

(round / long shape)

4-5 no

Cumin seed

1 tbsp

Mustard seed

1 tbsp

Whole black pepper

½ tsp

Coriander seed

1 tsp

Whole red chili

1-2 no

Panch phoron

½ tsp


1 pinch

Turmeric powder

½ tsp

Coconut (grated)

1-2 tbsp


3 tbsp


As needed


As needed

Method :

  1. First make a fine paste of cumin seeds, mustard seeds, whole black peppers, coriander seeds and a little amount of water. Keep aside.
  2. In a pan, then heat 1 tbsp ghee and shallow fry the badis till golden brown in color. 
  3. Transfer those fried badis to a plate and keep aside.
  4. Next to the same pan, add 1 tbsp ghee again.
  5. Add all the chopped vegetables except eggplant and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Next add chopped eggplant, turmeric powder and salt.
  7. Mix everything well and add some water (around 1/2 cup).
  8. Cover the pan and allow to cook till the vegetables are soft a bit, not overcooked.
  9. Then add the paste which is prepared in the first step and mix well.
  10. Next add chopped amaranth leaves / koshala saga and the fried.
  11. Mix well and again allow to cook till everything is done by covering the pan.
  12. Next in a tadka pan, heat 1 tbsp ghee.
  13. Add whole red chili, asafoetida, panch phoron and allow to crackle.
  14. Pour this tempering onto the pan.
  15. Mix gently and allow to cook for 1 minute more.
  16. Turn off heat and add grated coconut.
  17. Give a gentle mix again and serve as a side dish with steamed rice-dal combo !

Notes :

  • Oil I have used here. But ghee can be used to get the authentic temple flavor in the dish.
  • Always keep in mind that after washing the amaranth leaves / koshala saga, these leaves should be drained out completely placing in a colander.

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  1. Archana

    OMG! Sounds yum! I am sure will love to try this recipe sounds so yum especially the no onion and garlic part.

  2. Mayuri Patel

    What a different kind of saag, Sasmita. Love the different vegetables you've added and the fact that it can be made without onion or garlic. I love learning about new Odia dishes from you.

  3. Vidya Narayan

    Such a delicious blend of vegetables and greens Sasmita! Loved the sabzi and the recipe. Addition of badi sounds fun too. PaanchPhoran, Masala paste, everything sounds so yum!

  4. Priya Iyer

    I love the look and sound of this sabzi. Glad to get acquainted with this traditional Odia preparation.

  5. Swati

    Such a delightful blend of veggies!!! Thanks for sharing the authentic dish from Odisha !! Looks so yummy and it’s healthy too!!

  6. Poonam Bachhav

    This Odia curry sounds interesting Sasmita ! Love the blend of greens with loads of vegetables. Very apt share for theme

  7. veena

    That is a very different kind of saag. So many ways to cook amaranth. Bookmarked this. Will try as soon as I get some vadi

  8. Kalyani

    Very nice stir fry ! I love these kind of curries with dal and rice …Such a healthy veggies filled dish ! Bookmarked to try this Sasmita

  9. Sujata Roy

    Ah Sasmita I am drooling. This is similar to our sager ghonto with bori and vegetables. But we add little sugar in ghonto. Really loved your recipe. Next time I will make your version.

  10. preethi'scuisine

    Love this odiya style amaranth leaves curry. Addition of different veggies makes it more interesting. Awesome share Sasmita.

  11. Sujata Shukla

    What a jabardast dish this is,Sasmita, with a variety of vegetables, saag and even badi. Perfect for when one feels like cooking something interesting but not too difficult, or when visitors come home and one wants to offer an unusual dish. The masala paste sounds awesome, it must give a real zing to the curry. Do you use yellow mustard seeds or black ones, for this paste?

    1. Sasmita

      I have used the black mustard seeds here for the paste.

  12. mildly indian

    This looks so yummy.I have not used badi before, Can i make it without it? I love amaranthus leaves, and colocasia leaves, yumm

    1. Sasmita

      yes seema, you can skip badis. That just adds a crunch in the dish 🙂 And yes, I have not used colocasia leaves here dear.

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