Saakannam is one of the dishes that is made on the 7th of Navratri/ Dasara. Saakam (shaak) means vegetables and Annam means rice, so it is nothing but mixed vegetable rice. When making any dish on a festival day, we usually refrain from using onion, garlic, garam masala etc. Also using premade or store bought masalas is not preferred.
I tried looking for an authentic rice recipe that is made for festivals, but I couldn’t find anything. I asked one of my cousins and she said she makes a simple mixed vegetable rice with ginger. I went with my instincts and made this dish with what I had in the fridge.
You can use any vegetable that you have in the fridge or want to eat in this dish. I added eggplant, potato, cauliflower, carrot and green beans. But you can also use other veggies like peppers, cabbage, plantains, sweet potato, green peas etc etc. I added some coconut milk, but it completely optional, I thought coconut milk added a slight sweetness that I really liked.