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Sarson Ka Saag


  • 2 pounds Mustard Greens
  • 1 pound Spinach not the baby spinach
  • 5 Tbs Corn Meal Made from Yellow Corn - Go for "Makki Ka Aata" from an Indian Grocery store


  • 2 Tbs Ghee
  • 2 Tbs Chopped Garlic
  • 1 Tbs Chopped Ginger
  • 2- 3 Chopped Thai Green Chillies Add More if you like it hot
  • 1 tsp Hungarian Paprika

To Serve

  • A Dollop of Fresh Butter and Some Makki ki Roti

Good to Have

  • A Pressure cooker to Speed up the process


1st Stage of Cooking!

  1. Assuming you have washed and rinsed the greens - Trim the stalks of the mustard and spinach. If the stalks are tough, you may need to trim off the stringy exterior, but don't discard the stalks.
  2. Using a Pressure cooker, cook the greens with very little water ( about 1/8 C). I usually wait for the greens to cook down a bit before putting the lid on.
  3. Once the steam builds up the greens should be done in about 5 minutes. If you don't use a pressure cooker, Cook the greens until tender.
  4. When the steam releases, put the pressure cooker back on the heat.
  5. I usually take a big wooden ladle and stir the greens rigorously until the greens are mixed in and creamy without turning them into a paste.
  6. But in times of great hurry, I have been known to use a hand blender and give the greens a whirl with that. Not too much though, Just enough to make them blended in.
  7. Now add in the corn meal and stir until the liquid from the greens dries up and the corn meal is cooked through. At this stage the greens splatter a LOT. So be sure to use a long spatula stir constantly. The saag is ready when the liquid is no longer separate from the greens.

Second Stage of Cooking

  1. Just before serving, Reheat the Saag.
  2. In a small pan, ghee and add the ginger, followed by garlic and green chilli. Cook until aromatic and then add the Hungarian Paprika. Quickly transfer this on top of the Saag and serve with a Dollop of butter on top.