Sarson ka Saag

This famous recipe from north India is made with a combination of greens, namely spinach and mustard leaves. Mustard leaves have a unique flavour that is mildly bitter but quite pleasing to the palate. In order to decrease the bitterness, the mustard leaves are first cooked in boiling water with the spinach before being blended and sautéed with flavourful ingredients like tomatoes and onions. A dash of spice powders add more zing to this delicious subzi, making it a treat to the taste buds. Serve this delicious Sarson ka Saag with Makai ki Roti, to make a satiating north Indian meal.

Sarson ka Saag, Punjabi Sarson Ka Saag Recipe recipe – How to make Sarson ka Saag, Punjabi Sarson Ka Saag Recipe

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

5 cups washed and chopped mustard leaves (sarson ke patte)
5 cups washed and chopped spinach (palak)
1 1/2 tbsp. roughly chopped green chillies
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 tbsp finely chopped garlic (lehsun)
1 tbsp finely chopped ginger (adrak)
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp coriander-cumin seeds (dhania-jeera) powder , optional
salt to taste

For Serving
makai ki roti
Method

  1. Boil enough water in a deep non-stick pan, add the mustard leaves, spinach and green chillies, mix well and cook on a high flame for 4 to 5 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  2. Strain using a strainer and drain well.
  3. Refresh it twice in enough cold water immediately and drain well again. Keep aside for 2 to 3 minutes to cool slightly.
  4. Blend in a mixer to a coarse mixture using ½ cup of water. Keep aside.
  5. Heat the oil in a non-stick kadhai and add the cumin seeds.
  6. When the seeds crackle, add the garlic, ginger and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  7. Add the onions and again sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  8. Add the mustard leaves-spinach mixture, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander-cumin seeds powder and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  9. Serve hot with makai ki roti.

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