Sarson Ka Saag
Sarson or mustard greens is a pungent bitter green which is very popular in the northern state of Punjab. Sarson ka saag and Makke ki roti are both match made in heaven. My earliest memory of mustard greens is from Bollywood movies where the lead roles were romancing and singing songs around the yellow mustard flower fields which are in abundance in the region. I bet many of you agree with me…
Mustard is used in many ways like the seeds are used in cooking and so is mustard oil. Mustard oil has a very funky odor and is more of an acquired taste. Many a times it is often too strong for people’s taste.
The greens are very high in Vitamin K, A, and C and Iron. They are cruciferous in nature like broccoli, kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts, collard etc. They are rich in phytonutrients and may help lower inflammation.This could be one of the reasons health freaks are known to consume greens including mustard.
Hubby growing up in Delhi used to visit a close school friend who is a Punjabi and his mom made saag on numerous occasions. He still remembers the experience fondly.
- 1 bunch sarson or mustard greens
- 1 ½ cups spinach
- ½ cup fenugreek leaves or methi
- Salt to taste
- 2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- ¾ cup water
- 2 tbsp corn flour
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 green chilies, finely chopped
- ½ tsp turmeric
- 2 tbsp butter or oil
Prepare the greens by cutting an inch off the root. Wash and roughly chop.
Wash fenugreek and spinach and roughly chop.
Place greens, tomato, garlic and ginger in a pan with water and cover the lid. Cook for about 5-7 minutes.
Take off the heat add corn flour. Cool and puree the mixture.
Using the same pan add butter or oil and heat the pan. Add the chopped onion, green chilies and salt.
Cook until onion is light brown. Add turmeric.
Add the greens puree and mix well. Cook for 10-15 minutes without the lid stirring in between. Serve hot with more butter and makke ki roti.
The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.
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