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Thursday, March 24, 2011


A Couple of years back my exposure to “Saag” was limited to eating it at restaurants. Sarson ka Saag,  Saag Aloo, Saag Paneer were a family favorite but it never occurred to me to cook them at home. For one thing I didn’t know where I would find “Sarson” in the U.S. and more importantly I had accepted defeat before trying. It seemed to me like an typical North Indian Dish and I wasn’t going to get it, so I thought.

My friend Monika Singhi Celly of Vegetarian Surprises one day enlightened me that Mustard greens were “Sarson” and “Saag” was one of the easiest dishes to cook.

Taking a cue from her recipe, I cooked Saag at home and it still remains a family favorite. I guess I can take it as a compliment!

Mustard Greens – 1 bunch
Chopped Spinach – 1 cup
Broccoli florets - 1 cup
Ginger – a big piece
Green chilies – 4 medium
Finely chopped onion – 1 medium
Water – 2 cups
Cumin seeds – half tsp
Asafetida – a pinch
Salt and pepper
Oil – 1 tsp

Wash all the greens thoroughly. Chop the mustard greens roughly. Combine them with spinach, broccoli, ginger, green chilies and water in a pressure cooker. Turn the heat on and let everything cook together. Turn the heat off after two whistles. Alternatively cook it on the gas stove in a covered pan till the greens are done. Let the greens cool and then puree them in a mixture to form a thick paste. In a pan heat the oil and add cumin seeds. Let them crackle before adding asafetida and onions. Cook the onions for 3 minutes till they turn soft and gently stir in the green paste. Salt and pepper to taste, Saag is ready to eat.

Serving suggestions
·         Best with Makki (maize flour) Roti
·         Plain Roti/Paratha


·         You can go ahead and make this dish with only mustard greens.
·         Use of Onions is also optional, traditionally only leftover Saag is seasoned with Onions the next day.
·         Add Cooked Potatoes/Paneer to make Saag Aloo/Saag Paneer

  Interesting fact
·         One of the biggest health benefits of Mustard Greens is cancer prevention.
·         Mustard Greens are a good source of Vitamin K


  1. wow...sounds awesome..lovely presentation dear.
    Tasty Appetite

  2. Delicious!!! and i have started my event Treat to eyes series 2, do participate :)

  3. did u try making makke ki roti with this?!
    I tried it once... bit difficult to amke but tastes awesome!

  4. Wow...yummy recipe...and nice blog....First time here...Following your space....

  5. this is my all time favorite dish...i can have it for days !!!!
    mujhe itna sar pe kyon chada diya???

  6. Very healthy and looks delicious.

  7. wow... I had never tried mustard greens earlier... now I have a good recipe to check it out :)