Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Curried Mustard Greens (Sarson Ka Saag)

Though sitting thousands of miles away from India, we still try to celebrate all the festivals to make our son accustomed with our traditions and culture....!!!

 These cold snowy winters make me so homesick.....!

Greatest thing I'm missing is the winter special food and  preparations going on for "Festival of Lohri" back home.

I've decided that I'm gonna get my Nostalgia get better of me & thru' this post I am going to share the traditional food relished on the Festival of Lohri, 13th January.

The standard menu of the party is sizzling hot veggie pakoras, (all time favorite starters), lavish mustard curry (sarson saag) and cornflour flatbread (makki roti), Peanut or Sesame Brittle (Gud ki Gajjak), Til Bhugga Pinni (sesame balls in mlk) , last but not the lear Carrot Pudding (or Gajjar ka Halwa) .

I  cook most of the the dinner and sweets at home and add to it the customary (Act II) popcorns in microwave and here we are - all geared up for Lohri celebrations with my family.

Curried Mustard Greens !!!

In this recipe, the curry with mustard and spinach greens is made by steaming the green leaves.  Traditionally the leaves are ground into a thick lumpy paste by pestle, but now a days to save time and energy a quick churn is given in the mixer. Then a tempering is made with onions/tomatoes/spices and added to the curry or saag. The fitness experts have always vouched on the innumerable benefits of eating greens for mind and body.

So go green - eat green and think green as green is synonymous with positivity.

                                                 A Bowl full of Greenness and Goodness !!!

The bunch of greens required to make this recipe are -

Mustard Greens: One bunch
Spinach Greens: One bunch
Fenugreek Greens: 1/4 bunch
Onions: 2
Tomatoes : 4
Ginger: 2''
Garlic cloves : 4
Water : 2 cups
CornFlour : 2tsp (or dry roasted gramflour)
Desi Ghee: 2 tsp (add more to taste)
Salt, Chilli, Turmeric: 1 tsp each
Garam Masala: 1 tsp
Paneer Cheese : 200 gms (optional)
Dry Red Chilli: 2 for garnishing

Method: -
The preparations begins with a little tedious task of thoroughly washing all the greens. Trim the ends of leaves and roughly chopping the bunch of greens. The trick to make sumptuous saag is to crush the ginger and garlic in mortar and pestle, to extract there juices which later adds to the aroma of saag. In a pressure cooker, steam the chopped greens, crushed ginger garlic by adding water. Let the greens cool down and grind in a mixer to make a thick paste.

In a nonstick pan, heat oil and saute dry red chilly, onions and tomatoes. Add spices to taste. Take out the chilly for garnishing and puree onions/tomatoes.

Mix this tempering in the curry and gently add cornflour (makki atta) to thicken the curry/saag. In case, cornflour is not available,  dry roasted gram flour can be added too. The big chunks of paneer cheese can be added to the curry  to make saag paneer. Garnish with dry red chilly. Generously add  desighee to taste, as this is the key taste defining ingredient of punjabi cuisines.

Enjoy the steaming hot mustard curry/saag  with makki roti, gudh and chilli pickle....!

Click here for printable Recipe - My Creative Flavors

Makki Roti (Corn Meal Bread)

Some of my other LOHRI Specials can be found by clicking the links below: Peanut-Almond ChikkiGajjar Ka HalwaTil Bhugga PinniMakki Ki Roti

Enjoy these hot meals over the cold weekend.

Stay warm and wishing my readers a very Happy Lohri... !!!!!

Love, Sonia


  1. PERFECT!!!! It looks sooo goood,,,,,m just wondering how yummy it would have been

  2. Sarson ka saag and Makki ki roti....Wah! feeling really tempted. Great recipe.

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  4. Oh I can almost smell it! It looks FANTASTIC!

  5. This is beautiful presentation and a nice dish! Wonderful pictures!

  6. Oh my gosh! My MIL makes the best sarson ka saag in the WORLD and this one looks nothing less than that!
    All of a sudden I'm missing home :-(
    LOve that cute little bundle of rotis.

  7. @ Prerna - Me too missing home- let me know if you are around NYC in future i can cook some for you, Thx for good words - you are my Inspiration !
    @ A Spicy Perspective - Gr8 you liked it, just saw your site, you rock !

    @ Medifast - Thx for appreciating !

  8. First time here, very lovely clicks absolutely mouth watering dishes.

  9. This is wonderful - Oh how I miss my dadaji's sarson ka saag and makki di roti...thanks for bringing back cuch fond memories....also thanks for your visit. You have such a nice corner here :)

  10. love your blog! saving this recipe to my online cookbook ( for safe keeping.

  11. Very tasty... just tried it and ate it too... thanks a lot!! Ramyakumar

  12. Hi! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your blog posts. Can you recommend any other Fashion Write For Us blogs that go over the same topics? Thanks a ton!


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