Sarson ka saag

It was a pleasant surprise to know that Father(IL) loves sarson ka saag. I knew that he loved his share of Punjabi/ north Indian food which he enjoyed with his colleagues during the official parties. Post his VRS those outings are being reminisced often at dinner table especially when I am cooking something special. I have made in the past some of his favorite foods like chana masala, tandoor gobi, tandoor aloo, chhole bhature but never had the reaction that I garnered this time around with the Saag and roti meal.

1 bunch of Mustard leaves
1 bunch of Spinach leaves (The normal ratio is about 3:1 for Mustard to Spinach, but I have used almost same proportions or about 1:3/4)
2 inch ginger roughly chopped
4-5 garlic cloves roughly chopped
2 green chillies roughly chopped
1 tbsp Corn meal flour (Can also use Wheat flour)
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 tspn cumin seeds
1 tspn red chilli powder
a pinch of asafetida
½ tspn turmeric powder
½ tspn sugar (optional- I did not add)
1 tbsp oil
1) Pluck the leaves of the mustard leaves carefully discarding the stems. Repeat for the spinach leaves. Wash them in a colander under tap water and set aside. If the leaves are muddy soak them in a large pot with water and then carefully pick them when the mud settles below. Now run them under tap water.
2) Pressure cook the green leaves until they are soft and well cooked.
3) Blend into a puree along with the garlic, ginger and green chillies to form a smooth paste.
4) In a large wok, heat some oil, add the cumin seeds and asafetida. Let the seeds splutter.
5) Add the chopped onions and sauté until they are well cooked. I almost caramelized them to get the sweet flavor. This way I could avoid adding refined sugar.
6) Add the corn meal flour and sauté it. Now add the turmeric, red chilli powder , salt and stir well.
7) Next add the green puree and stir well. Add some water if required and let it simmer till you smell the aroma.
8) Top with a spoonful of ghee or butter and serve hot with Makke di roti.


Kavi said…
perfect balle balle food! :)
thanks for linking!

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Archana said…
Delicious.I love it so much I am going to sow the seeds for the mustard greens. or easier get the lady to do so. We have some fields that are operational in this season. Great idea is it not?
Fahad Khan said…
What Kavi said - perfect Balle Balle food!Hehe.:-)
Sarson ka Saag,Makke Ki Roti,and some white butter - winters come alive!

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