Sarso ka Saag’ is a staple North Indian winter dish. Sarso means mustard greens …

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Sarso ka Saag’ is a staple North Indian winter dish. Sarso means mustard greens while Saag means leafy greens. So the dish is a combination of mainly Sarso and other greens like Spinach (Palak) , Chinopodium Album (Bathua) Fenugreek ( Methi ) Radish leaves, Turnip leaves.
So, anyone can mix and create his own version. The recipe is quite simple albeit with its fair share of hard work for cleaning (the most boring yet the most important part), sorting, washing, chopping and then finally cooking. It is truly a labour of love and you need a lot of patience and time to make a good Saag. It is served with Makke ki Roti (Maize flour Chapati) and jaggery since both are warm in nature and hence perfectly balance the spicy Saag.
While I have grown up eating all kinds of delicious Saag made by Mom, my MIL makes the classic Punjabi Sarso da Saag, which is absolutely delectable πŸ’š
For 1 kg of Musturd greens, she mixes 250-300 gms Spinach and 250 gm Bathua. After sorting and cleaning the leaves, she chops them into fine pieces and then cook it in a pressure cooker till they become soft.
She then uses her special “Madhani” (Wooden ladle for whisking) to mash the Saag for that perfect coarse texture because in her own words “ΰ€Έΰ€Ύΰ€— ΰ€•ΰ₯‹ ΰ€˜ΰ₯‹ΰ€Ÿΰ€¨ΰ€Ύ ΰ€œΰ€Όΰ€°ΰ₯‚ΰ€°ΰ₯€ ΰ€Ήΰ₯ˆ (This process is a lot of labour)
Once the desired consistency is achieved, she adds a slurry of Maize Flour to thicken the saag and make it more flavourful. And Finally top it up with the tadka using lots of ghee, garlic, ginger and green chillies. No onions, tomatoes or any heavy spices are required.
Her Saag has a rustic flavor full of love and home made white butterπŸ˜‹
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In all these years of my cooking journey, I finally took the plunge to make this celebrated punjabi dish for the first time.
Prepped it in advance, and used some short cuts here. Didn’t chop the leaves, cleaned, washed and directly cooked them in an open container. Also, used a blender to mash the cooked saag.
And to my joy, it was very delicious. Both my girls loved it πŸ’š

20 thoughts on “Sarso ka Saag’ is a staple North Indian winter dish. Sarso means mustard greens …

  1. That saag looks so delicious and love the colour and texture 😍

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