How to make Sarson ka Saag -

A winter specialty from the North Indian state of Punjab, this sabzi is made with a mix of mustard and other greens. Traditionally served with makke di roti

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Fresh mustard leaves (sarson ka saag), Fresh spinach

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

Sarson ka Saag

Sarson ka Saag Recipe Card


Punjabi food is wholesome and full of rustic flavour. The custom of cooking in community ovens or tandoors prevails in rural pockets even today. The cuisine is characterised by a profusion of dairy products in the form of malai, paneer and dahi. The dals are a speciality of this type of cuisine, made of whole pulses like black gram, green gram and Bengal gram.  They are cooked on slow fire, often simmered for hours till they turn creamy and then flavoured with spices and rounded off with malai for that rich finish. The food is simply delicious.
The most unique thing about cooking in a tandoor is the smoky flavour that the food gets making it tastier. Moreover it is a healthy way of cooking since minimum fat is required and the food generally gets cooked in its own juices thus retaining its natural flavours. Besides it is not only easy to digest, it is also very hygienic.  In conclusion one can safely say that it is through tandoori cooking that Indian cuisine first got globally acknowledged.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Sarson ka Saag Recipe

  • Fresh mustard leaves (sarson ka saag) chopped 2 cups

  • Fresh spinach chopped 1 cup

  • Fresh bathua chopped 3/4 cup

  • Ghee 1/4 cup

  • Ginger chopped 1 teaspoon

  • Garlic chopped 1 teaspoon

  • Medium onions chopped 2

  • Green chillies roughly chopped 1-2

  • Salt to taste

  • Cornmeal 1 tablespoon

  • Homemade white butter to garnish

  • Makki di roti to serve


Step 1

Heat ghee in a non-stick pan, add ginger and garlic, mix and sauté till fragrant.

Step 2

Add onions, mix and sauté till translucent. Add green chillies, mix and saute for 1-2 minutes.

Step 3

Add mustard leaves, mix and cook till the leaves wilt. Add spinach and bathua, mix well and cook till the leaves wilt.

Step 4

Add salt, mix and cook for 5-6 minutes. Add 1 cup water, mix, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Step 5

Blend the leaves with an electric hand blender to a smooth paste. Add ¾ cup water and mix well. Add cornmeal, mix and cook till the mixture thickens.

Step 6

Transfer the saag into a serving bowl, garnish with a blob of white butter and serve hot with makki di roti.

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