sarson ka saag recipe, how to make sarson ka saag

sarson ka saag recipe with step by step photos – one of the indian recipe that is a labor of love, time and patience. sarson is the hindi/punjabi word for mustard and saag means greens.

sarson da saag, sarson ka saag

saag is a punjabi term which means greens. so the english translations is mustard greens. so you will have palak saag or bathua saag or chane ka saag and so on.

there is no shortcut method in making sarson ka saag. sorting the greens, washing them, chopping and then cooking them… blending them and again cooking them is a time intensive method.

and in today’s world of curry in a hurry, if you really want to savor the taste of an authentic sarson ka saag, then you do have to invest some time in preparing it.

the sarson ka saag recipe is very easy, it is just the preparation and the method that takes time. usually, i clean the greens one day before and keep them in the fridge in air tight containers. so half of the work is over. the next day then, it is easy to prepare the saag.

at home, we generally use 5 green leafy vegetables to make the saag. they are mustard, bathua (also known as chenopodium in english), spinach, radish and fenugreek. in the pic below all the greens can be seen except for fenugreek.

the flavor and taste in the saag, comes predominantly from mustard greens. the saag has bitter and pungent notes of the mustard which are subdued by the presence of bathua and radish.

after all the cooking and simmering what you get in the end is a creamy, green saag bursting with mellowness & flavors from all the greens. a bowl full of antioxidants and health.

winter is the time when the mustard and bathua are available in india. hence during this season, sarson ka saag is always made in the homes and hearths of north india, especially in punjab from where this traditional recipe comes from.

the sarson ka saag topped with homemade butter and served with makki ki roti (flat breads from maize flour) is not only comforting but also warms up the palate as well as the body. this is a winter meal you see. so that extra topping of butter is alright. also the saag is served with an accompaniment of sliced or chopped onions and some green chilies.

sarson ka saag recipe

i always make sarson ka saag in bulk and keep in the fridge. when i need to serve, i temper the saag and then serve it.

from what i have observed is that the taste of the saag improves in a day and as it ages. mine usually does not last for more than 4-5 days. you can also freeze the saag. before tempering, thaw the saag.

the recipe i present here is the traditional way we make saag at home. the proportion of bathua to spinach to mustard that we use is 1:1:2. eg if you are using 1 whole bunch of mustard leaves then use 1/2 bunch of bathua and spinach in approximation. or for 1 kg of mustard leaves, use 1/2 kg of bathua leaves and spinach.

the other two greens, ie. radish and fenugreek are also added by the indian method of andaz meaning estimation. fenugreek is optional though.

this sarson ka saag recipe works well for 8-9 serving portions and can be easily halved or doubled.

few more curry recipes you may like are:

  • aloo palak – potatoes in a smooth spinach sauce.
  • palak corn – a mild and lightly spiced curry made with spinach and sweet corn.
  • dum aloo – easy and tasty restaurant style dum aloo recipe (potato curry)
  • mix vegetable – tasty recipe of mix vegetables made in north indian punjabi style.

sarson ka saag

4.86 from 35 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:2 hrs
Cook Time:2 hrs
Total Time:4 hrs
Course:main course
Cuisine:north indian
Servings (change the number to scale):7 -8
sarson ka saag recipe
the combo of sarson ka saag topped with butter and served with makki ki roti taste too good and is a winter staple in north india.

INGREDIENTS FOR sarson ka saag

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

for sarson ka saag

  • 1 bunch mustard leaves (sarson)
  • ½ bunch bathua leaves (chenopodium)
  • ½ bunch spinach leaves (palak)
  • 1 cup chopped tender radish leaves (mooli ke patte)
  • 2 to 3 inches white radish root (mooli)
  • 1 cup fenugreek leaves, chopped (methi leaves)
  • 2 medium sized onions, chopped
  • 3 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 inch ginger, chopped (adrak)
  • 2 green chilies, chopped (hari mirch)
  • 7 to 8 garlic, chopped (lahsun)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 to 2 pinch asafoetida or ¼ teaspoon asafoetida powder (hing)
  • 2 to 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon maize flour
  • salt as required

tempering for 3 sarson ka saag servings

  • 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon oil
  • 3 bowls of cooked saag

HOW TO MAKE sarson ka saag

making sarson ka saag

  • firstly clean and chop all the greens. then wash the greens well.
  • in a pressure cooker or pan add all the ingredients listed under saag except for maize flour.
  • cover the pressure cook and cook for 6-7 minutes or more.
  • if cooking in a pan, then cover and let the greens cook till done. do check occasionally.
  • pour the greens along with the stock and maize flour in a blender. blend till smooth.
  • in another pan, pour the pureed greens.
  • simmer for a good 25-30 minutes.

tempering for sarson ka saag

  • in another small pan, heat oil or ghee
  • add the chopped onions and fry them till light brown.
  • add the prepared saag. stir and simmer for a couple of minutes.
  • stir ocaasionally.
  • serve sarson ka saag hot with some chopped onions, whole green chilies and a dollop of butter on the saag with makki di roti
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preparation to make sarson ka saag

1: chop and clean all the greens.chop off the lower end of the mustard seems just a few centimeters from the base. the mustard stems can be tough. in this case you can discard the stems or keep them. if you keep them, then they have to be cooked really well so that they become soft. luckily, i had tender stems in the mustard bunch. all the greens, sorted and nicely laid on the table… all going in the fridge for the saag to be made the next day.

greens for sarson ka saag

2: washing the greens. this is the tough part. you have to really wash the greens, especially the mustard greens well to get rid of the mud or soil clinging to the stems. i did this task in batches.

washing greens for sarson ka saag

making sarson ka saag

3: add the washed greens in the pressure cooker.

adding greens in pressure cooker for sarson ka saag recipe

4: then add other veggies – radish, onion, tomatoes, ginger and garlic.

adding veggies for sarson ka saag

5: now adding some spice & salt – green chilies, red chili powder, asafoetida & salt. the saag is midly spiced and yet tastes so good.

6: pour water.

7: cover and pressure cook for 6-7 minutes or more till the greens become soft. you can also cook in a pan. cover and let the greens cook till they become soft.

8: now let the pressure settle in the cooker. open the lid… you see the greens, onions, tomatoes et all… all cooked well. let the green mixture warm or cool down.

9: then in a blender take some of the greens.

10: add maize flour. the maize flour helps in making the saag smooth as well as thickening it and does imparts its flavor to the saag.

11: blend till smooth. i usually make a smooth puree. some folks like a coarse texture. so you decide how you want your saag. i blended in batches. you can also use a hand blender for the same and blend in the cooker itself. if doing this then chop the greens before you pressure cook them. it is easier to blend with a hand blender then. the traditional way is to use a madani (the indian hand blender) to blend the greens.

12:  now pour the greens puree in a pan. i used the pressure cooker as while simmering the saag, it bubbles and splutters. so be careful and use a deep pan.

13: simmer and simmer for a good 25-30 minutes. stir occasionally so that the saag does not stick to the bottom of the pan. check the seasoning and add more salt if required. once cooled, the saag can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge.

tempering for sarson da saag

14: so now after this comes the final touch… the saag is not ready to be served yet. we have to temper the saag. we always temper the saag with onions, but you can temper with some ginger, green chilies and tomatoes too along with the onions. heat oil or ghee and add chopped onions. the amount of oil/ghee and onions to be added depends on the portions of saag you will be serving. so for 3 servings, 1 to 2 tbsp oil with 1 medium sized onion is alright.

15: lightly brown the onions.

16: add the cooked sarson ka saag. simmer.

17:  serve the hot sarson ka saag saag straight away with makki di roti. the best is to serve with makki di roti. nothing beats this combination. but you can also serve sarson ka saag with parathas and steamed rice.

sarson ka saag


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namaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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134 comments/reviews

  1. You are a star!! anything that I cook in veg you are my ‘go to’ for it. Thank you for the extensive range and hats off to you for it!!

  2. Dear Dassana !!

    I tried out this recipe … was a huge success !!

    Thanks for sharing your awesome recipe .,, !!

    Appreciate your food ethos and your thoughts that you put forth on each of your recipie blogs …. simple style of cooking , fuss free , easily available ingredients ,… right from the kitchen cupboard , your originality , suggestions for possible omissions , replacing with substitutes , clarity with pics and explanations , step by step etc… a great teacher !!

    Thanks and regards
    Varsha Chand5 stars

    • they are not the same thing. maize flour is makki ka atta whereas corn daliya is coarsely ground corn. but you can grind some daliya in a small mixer and grinder and add the ground flour to the saag.

  3. Hi Dasanna,

    I love all your recipes. Do you have any ideas for cooking veggies like broccoli, kale, Swiss chard using Indian spices?


    • thanks deepa. i have only cooked kale and broccoli. never used swiss chard as we do not get it here. kale can be used similar to spinach or drumstick leaves in recipes. so any recipe that you make with spinach or drumstick leaves, you can make the same with kale. for broccoli use it like cauliflower. i always blanch broccoli and use. you can make patties, stir fry, parathas, sabzis easily with broccoli.

  4. Dear Dassana, Made this recipe today and it turned out delicious. I had been wanting to make it since such a long time. I don’t know how I forgot to check your site. It turned out so yum I will be making this again and again.5 stars

  5. Hi

    I have been following your blog for some time now and have used a few recipes. They are all so appropriately written and explained! Love the details 🙂

    Quick question – can I make this saag without spinach and bathua?

  6. Can you find Chenopodium in America (I live in Tennessee). if so what should I look for in the supermarket or Farmer’s market. If it is not available what is a good substitute?

  7. Thank u so much dear for sharing this finger licking recipe….. I could not believe that I have made this n that’s also in my first attempt…. My family loved it….Always follow ur site… The way u explain the cooking method is just great…. Thnx again5 stars

  8. Love the detailed instructions. I just moved to the US and have just started cooking for the first time in 30 years. Your blog is a big help and thank you for that. I have a couple of quick questions regarding this recipe:
    1. Can I just use spinach instead of the other greens you have mentioned? It’s hard to find most of the mentioned greens here.
    2. Is there a substitute for maize flour I can use? Like besan or maida or wheat flour? I don’t use maize flour for anything else so I don’t know I should buy entire bag (only 1 kg bags available) of maize flour.

    • thanks chan.
      1. if you use spinach only, then it will be palak saag. you can use spinach only, but then scale down the recipe to half or one fourth.
      2. you can use besan or rice flour. i have used besan and rice flour in thickening gravies. never tried whole wheat flour. if you want, you can even lightly roast the besan and then add.

  9. Just ate saag today and we are walking around in the house like morons because everyone over ate and can’t go to bed with a tummy that’s ready to burst??and it’s almost midnight.Thanks a ton dear,god bless u.5 stars

    • i can relate to you simone. thanks for your kind wishes. you can have a generous pinch of asafoetida (hing) dissolved in some warm water or some fennel seeds or cumin seeds, to be chewed directly.

  10. Hi dear,
    Thank u for all the amazing recipes.I always follow your recipes whenever I want to cook an Indian dish that I have not tried ever before and everyone simply loves them.??I really appreciate all the hard work u put in and make sure that u cover even the minutest details.Thank u for making me into a master chef?.5 stars

  11. Hi dear…
    This saag was awesome… I follow this site always. These recipes are superb… Great going good luck and thanks a lot for sharing.4 stars

  12. Hello there! Thank you so much for this recipe. 🙂
    I made sarson ka saag using your recipe, yesterday, and it turned out delicious!

  13. Awesome recipe. First time tried it and turned out to be great. Avid follower of your blog. Love the detailing, accompanying pictures and simple recipes. Keep it up pls!5 stars

  14. thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe. I make this every winter, i suggest try adding sua (dil leaves) to it in the half proportion of spinach. It gives a wonderful flavour to saag. I learned this from my grandmother. Thought of sharing with you.


  15. This was so good, my mom actually cried and said she was proud of me. Although I am of Indian decent, I barely ever cooked Indian food until I found your blog. My grandma said thank god for the internet that my granddaughter is finally learning to cook sabzi. – Ha ha, Thanks! Love this recipe and your website.5 stars

  16. Hi I have been cooking punjabi food for the past 18 years including sarson ka saag but I really liked your receipe it is similar to my receipe but with a twist you added the seasoning and tadka material while boiling that is sure to enhance the taste

    • thanks shamli for your positive feedback. tadka added to any dish towards the end enhances the taste. felt good to read a positive comment from a seasoned punjabi cook.

  17. Hi… From the second i saw this recipe i like to try it… I searched in all stores and got all the greens except bathua leaves, can this be done without that or its compulsory?

  18. I have always heard about this recipe, but never tried it. I want to prepare this recipe.

    But can I make this recipe by using only sarson leaves & palak.

    If yes then can you give me the measurement by cups (i.e sarson leaves & palak leaves chopped & measured in cups)

    • shalini, for 2 cups of mustard use one cup of spinach. the ratio is 2:1 for mustard and spinach respectively. you can increase or decrease the ratio proportionately.

  19. Thanks for the awesome recipe. This dish is sooo easy to make in a pressure cooker. And it came out yummy. I received compliments from all. Thanks for your step by step instructions which ensured that I did not goof up anywhere!5 stars

  20. thanks for the recipe. You are definitely correct in that it takes a long time to prepare this dish. I enjoyed making it and eating it with a lot of help from my husband . I followed your recipe almost to the extreme. the only difference was i cooked it in a saucepan rather than a pressure cooker – i have never used a pressure cooker. I had bought all the different bhajis yesterday when i went shopping without even thinking what i was going to do with them. i ate the saag with makki ki rotis – your recipe too. will definitely look out for more delicious recipes from you.5 stars

    • welcome mina. glad to know this. you can make in a sauce pan also. i use pressure cooker as it is faster to cook and save gas. makki do roti with sarson da saag is an awesome combination.