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Sarson Ka Saag

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Serves 4 | Prep Time 20 | Cook Time 30

Why I Love This Recipe

Sarson ka Saag is a traditional Punjabi dish and is considered a winter delicacy. It is often served with makki ki roti (cornbread) and is a popular dish during the harvest festival of Baisakhi.

Ingredients You'll Need

250 grams mustard greens
250 grams mixed greens like spinach, bathua (chenopodium) I used mix of spinach, turnip and collard greens
1 medium onion, chopped
5-6 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 inch ginger, chopped
2 green chilies, chopped (or to taste)
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
3 inch white radish (mooli), chopped (around 1/2 cup chopped radish)
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1.5 cups water
2 tablespoons maize flour (makki ka atta)
2-3 tablespoons ghee
1/4 teaspoon hing (asafetida)
2 dried red chilies
1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon garam masala


Wash and chop the greens and then add them to the pressure cooker.

Add the chopped onion, garlic, ginger, and green chilies.

Add tomatoes and white radish. Then add the red chili powder and salt. Add 1.5 cups water and stir.

Pressure cook for 5-6 whistles (in a traditional stove top pressure cooker) on high heat until everything is soft and done.

If using the Instant Pot, cook on high pressure for 5 mins and then let the pressure release naturally. Alternatively, you can also cook everything on a stove top for 20-25 minutes until soft.

Open the pressure cooker/instant pot and then use an immersion blender to puree the saag. If you don’t have an immersion blender, wait for it to cool down a bit and then puree using your regular blender.

Blend to a coarse paste. You may blend it to a super fine texture using a high-speed blender. I prefer it a little coarse.

Transfer saag to another pot on the stove top over medium-low heat. Add 2 tablespoons of maize flour to the saag and mix, this helps in thickening the saag.

Set heat to low and let the saag simmer for 20 to 25 minutes on low heat. It will thicken as it simmers.

For the final tadka, heat a small pan on medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add ghee to it and then add hing and chopped garlic cloves. Saute for a few seconds and then add the chopped onion and dried red chilies.

Cook until the onions and garlic turn light golden brown. Add the coriander powder and garam masala and mix.

Transfer the tadka/tempering to the saag and mix.

Serve sarson ka saag with makki roti, sliced onion, jaggery, and white butter!

Pairs Well With

A hot cup of masala chai

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