In winter, people in Punjab, India (North India) prepare Sarson Ka Saag, it’s a succulent veggie dish that would make your palate crave and your mouth water.  It is a dish made of spices and mustard leaves and can be cooked for just about 6-10 minutes.  This dish is also traditionally served with Makki Ki Roti or an Indian style maize flatbread, and garnished with a spoonful of fresh butter.  However, a cup of rice will also make its wonder with the Punjabi style Sarson Ka Saag.


Sarson Ka Saag
Sarson Ka Saag


Get the ingredients ready of Sarson Ka Saag.

  • A bunch of spinach, finely chopped (estimated 250g)*
  • A bunch of green mustard, finely chopped (estimated 250g)*
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 tbsp. ginger, paste or grated
  • 1 tbsp. garlic, paste or grated
  • 2-3 tbsps. Ghee or cleared butter
  • 1 big onion, grated
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • ½ lemon or lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp. Bengal gram flour or maize flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • Salt


Note: Be sure to wash your green and leafy veggies very well before chopping them.

Cooking Time

  1. Get all the chopped greens (spinach and mustard) and also the chilies.
  2. Mix them together in a sauce and add salt to taste.
  3. Put them inside a pressure cooker, add one cup of water and boil.
  4. After boiling, get the green mixture and mash well, making a rough paste in the process. Set aside the mixture and proceed to the next step.
  5. Get a pan and heat the ghee (clear butter) over a medium heat. When the ghee is already hot, put the grated onion and wait till it’s faintly golden in shade.
  6. Put in the rest of the ingredients into the pan and fry until you can notice that the oil is being separated from the onion and spice mix (or masala).
  7. You can then add the green mixture you have set aside and stir until the masala and green mixes are incorporated well.
  8. Put in a serving bowl or platter and garnish with a spoonful of butter. Serve your Sarson Ka Saag with Makki Ki Roti or a cup of rice. This serving can be enjoyed by four (4) people.
Sarson Ka Saag
Sarson Ka Saag