Sarson ka Saag

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Jan. 27, 2016

This famous recipe from north India is made with a combination of greens, namely spinach and mustard leaves. Mustard leaves have a unique flavour that is mildly bitter but quite pleasing to the palate. In order to decrease the bitterness, the mustard leaves are first cooked in boiling water with the spinach before being blended and sautéed with flavourful ingredients like tomatoes and onions. A dash of spice powders add more zing to this delicious subzi, making it a treat to the taste buds. Serve this delicious Sarson ka Saag with Makai ki Roti, to make a satiating north Indian meal.


Mustard leaves 5 Cup (80 tbs) , chopped finely (washed)
Chopped spinach 5 Cup (80 tbs) (washed)
Green chillies 1 1/2 Tablespoon , coarsely chopped, with juices
Oil 1 Tablespoon
Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon (jeera)
Finely chopped garlic 1 Tablespoon (lehsun)
Finely chopped ginger 1 Tablespoon (adrak)
Finely chopped onions 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Asafoetida 1/4 Teaspoon (hing)
Turmeric powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Chilli powder 1 Teaspoon
Dhania jeera powder
Salt To Taste



1. Boil enough water in a deep non-stick pan, add the mustard leaves, spinach and green chillies, mix well and cook on a high flame for 4 to 5 minutes, while stirring occasionally. 

2. Strain using a strainer and drain well. 

3. Refresh it twice in enough cold water immediately and drain well again. Keep aside for 2 to 3 minutes to cool slightly. 

4. Blend in a mixer to a coarse mixture using ½ cup of water. Keep aside. 

5. Heat the oil in a non-stick kadhai and add the cumin seeds. 

6. When the seeds crackle, add the garlic, ginger and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.

7. Add the onions and again sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes. 

8. Add the mustard leaves-spinach mixture, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander-cumin seeds powder and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring ocassionally. 


9. Serve hot with Makai ki roti.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 11 Minutes
Ready In: 11 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 65Calories from Fat 38

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 4 g6.2%

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 114 mg4.75%

Total Carbohydrates 6 g2%

Dietary Fiber 1 g4%

Sugars 1 g

Protein 1 g2%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet