chane ka saag recipe, how to make chane ka saag recipe

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chane ka saag are the tender greens of chickpea plant with small feathery leaves. this recipe yields a delicious and slightly sour tasting saag which you can have with makki ki roti or bajre ki roti.

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chane ka saag recipe with step by step pics. saag in punjabi or hindi language means greens or any green leafy vegetable. chana are chickpeas. so chane ka saag are the tender greens of chickpea plant with small feathery leaves.

chane ka saag recipe

chickpea greens make an appearance in the indian markets in winters. so its only during winters you can make various recipes using chickpea greens. chane ka saag is a winter delicacy and usually made in the northern parts of india.

during winters fresh hara chana (fresh green chickpeas or choliya) is also available. i have also shared two recipes with them –

the recipe of chane ka saag shared here is similar to sarson ka saag. making any saag based recipes take time. plucking the greens, rinsing them, chopping and then cooking them takes a lot of time. however, if you want to make saag, then you do have to spend some time in prepping them. but its worth the effort as the final dish is not only delicious but very healthy also.

in this recipe to thicken the saag, i have added moong dal. you can also add makai ka atta (maize flour), besan (gram flour) or bajra atta (sorghum flour).

i make chane ka saag in a similar way to the way i make sarson ka saag. the recipe yields a delicious and slightly sour tasting (khatta) saag which you can have with makki ki roti or bajre ki roti. you can also serve chane ka saag with chapatis or phulkas.

chane ka saag gravy

making chane ka saag recipe is easy and it is just the preparation that takes time. i clean the greens one day before and keep them in the fridge in air tight cotton bag or container. so half of the work is over. then the next day, it is much easy to prepare saag. two more delicious saag variations on blog are:

chane ka saag can be topped with homemade butter or ghee and served with bajra roti or makki di roti is not only comforting but also healthy and nutritious.

if you want to check more winter special recipes then do check:

chane ka saag recipe below:

chane ka saag recipe
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chane ka saag recipe

chane ka saag are the tender greens of chickpea plant with small feathery leaves. this recipe yields a delicious and slightly sour tasting saag which you can have with makki ki roti or bajre ki roti.

course main course
cuisine north indian
prep time 25 minutes
cook time 25 minutes
total time 50 minutes
servings 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for pressure cooking saag:

  • 150 grams cleaned chana saag OR 5 to 5.5 cups chane ka saag
  • 2 tablespoons moong dal
  • 1 medium tomato - quartered
  • 1 inch ginger or 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 3 to 4 medium garlic cloves or 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 green chili
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ½ cup water

for tempering chane ka saag:

  • 2 tablespoons mustard oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 dry red chili - broken and seeds removed
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • cup finely chopped onions or 1 medium onion, finely chopped

how to make recipe

preparation for chane ka saag recipe:

  1. firstly pluck the tender stems from the saag. do not use the hard or dense stems. collect the tender small stem in pan or large bowl. 

  2. now add water in the pan or bowl and let the chane ka saag be immersed in the water for 2 to 3 minutes. doing this helps to get rid of the mud or dust on the saag as these settle down in the water.
  3. drain all the water. again pour water in the bowl or pan.

  4. gently swirl the saag with your hands and then drain the water. do this method 2 to 3 times more so that the saag is cleaned properly.
  5. now drain all the water very well from the saag. chop the saag.

pressure cooking chane ka saag:

  1. in a 3 litre pressure cooker, take the chopped saag.
  2. add 2 tablespoons rinsed moong dal. instead of moong dal, you can add makai ka atta (maize flour) or besan (gram flour) or bajra atta (sorghum flour)

  3. add 1 medium tomato (quartered), 1 teaspoon chopped ginger, 1 teaspoon chopped garlic and 1 green chili.
  4. add 1 pinch asafoetida or salt as required. add ½ cup water.

  5. pressure cook for 8 to 9 minutes or 4 to 5 whistles. since i have used moong dal i have pressure cooked for more time. if using any of the flours mentioned above instead of moong dal, then you can pressure cook for about 5 to 6 minutes.

  6. when the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid. keep it open so that the saag mixture becomes warm or cools down.
  7. when the saag mixture has become warm or cooled down, take it in a mixer-grinder jar or blender. you can also blend directly in the cooker with a hand held electric blender.
  8. blend to a smooth consistency. keep saag aside.

tempering chane ka saag:

  1. heat 2 tablespoons mustard oil in a pan or kadai. add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds.

  2. let the cumin seeds crackle. then add 1 dry red chili (broken and seeds removed) and 1 pinch asafoetida (hing).

  3. stir till the red chilies change color. then add ⅓ cup finely chopped onions.
  4. sauté onions till light brown or golden. add the saag.

  5. mix very well and simmer chane ka saag for 3 to 4 minutes or till it becomes hot.
  6. while simmering do stir often as the saag splutters. later switch off the flame.
  7. serve chane ka saag with makki ki roti or bajre ki roti or chapatis or phulkas.

how to make chane ka saag recipe:

a) preparation:

1. firstly pluck the tender stems from the saag. do not use the hard or dense stems. collect the tender small stems in pan or large bowl. you will need 150 grams cleaned chana saag or 5 to 5.5 cups chane ka saag.

making chane ka saag recipe

2. now add water in the pan or bowl and let the chane ka saag be immersed in the water for 2 to 3 minutes. doing this helps to get rid of the mud or dust on the saag as these settle down in the water.

making chane ka saag recipe

3. drain all the water.

making chane ka saag recipe

4. again pour water in the bowl or pan.

making chane ka saag recipe

5. gently swirl the saag with your hands and then drain the water. do this method 2 to 3 times more so that the saag is cleaned properly.

making chane ka saag recipe

6. lastly drain all the water very well from the saag.

making chane ka saag recipe

7. roughly chop the saag.

making chane ka saag recipe

b) pressure cooking chane ka saag:

8. in a 3 litre pressure cooker, take the chopped saag.

making chane ka saag recipe

9. add 2 tablespoons rinsed moong dal. instead of moong dal, you can add makai ka atta (maize flour) or besan (gram flour) or bajra atta (sorghum flour)

making chane ka saag recipe

10. add 1 medium tomato (quartered), 1 teaspoon chopped ginger, 1 teaspoon chopped garlic and 1 green chili.

making chane ka saag recipe

11. add 1 pinch asafoetida or salt as required.

making chane ka saag recipe

12. add ½ cup water.

making chane ka saag recipe

13. pressure cook on medium flame for 8 to 9 minutes or 4 to 5 whistles. since i have used moong dal i have pressure cooked for more time. if using any of the flours instead of moong dal (mentioned in step 9), then you can pressure cook for about 5 to 6 minutes.

making chane ka saag recipe

14. when the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid. keep it open so that the saag mixture becomes warm or cools down.

making chane ka saag recipe

15. when the saag mixture has become warm or cooled down, take it in a mixer-grinder jar or blender. you can also blend directly in the cooker with a hand held electric blender.

making chane ka saag recipe

16. blend to a smooth consistency. keep saag aside.

making chane ka saag recipe

tempering chane ka saag:

17. heat 2 tablespoons mustard oil in a pan or kadai. you can also use ghee instead of mustard oil.

making chane ka saag recipe

18. add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds.

making chane ka saag recipe

19. let the cumin seeds crackle.

making chane ka saag recipe

20. then add 1 dry red chili (broken and seeds removed) and 1 pinch asafoetida (hing). stir till the red chilies change color.

making chane ka saag recipe

21. then add ⅓ cup finely chopped onions.

making chane ka saag recipe

22. begin to sauté onions on a low to medium flame.

making chane ka saag recipe

23. sauté onions till light brown or golden.

making chane ka saag recipe

23. add the saag.

chane ka saag recipe

24. mix very well and simmer chane ka saag for 3 to 4 minutes or till it becomes hot.

chane ka saag recipe

25. while simmering do stir often as the saag splutters. later switch off the flame.

chane ka saag recipe

26. serve chane ka saag with makki ki roti or bajre ki roti or chapatis or phulkas.

chane ka saag recipe

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.