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Sarson Ka Saag | Spiced Mustard Greens

Sarson ka Saag, Indian spiced Mustard Greens by Spice Cravings. Sarson ka Saag is a leafy-vegetable preparation from Punjab, in the north of India. Traditionally a winter-time speciality, it is prepared with mustard greens & spinach, seasoned with onions, ginger, garlic, & warm Indian spices. It is usually served with makki ki roti, which is a cornmeal flatbread. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Sarson ka Saag, or, as we say in my family, Sarson da saag,  is a leafy-vegetable preparation from Punjab, in the northern-Indian regions of India. Traditionally a winter-time speciality, it is prepared with mustard greens and spinach, that are seasoned with onions, ginger, garlic and warm Indian spices. Sarson ka Saag is usually served with makki ki roti, which is a flatbread prepared with fine-ground cornmeal.
Sarson ka Saag, Indian spiced Mustard Greens by Spice Cravings. Sarson ka Saag is a leafy-vegetable preparation from Punjab, in the north of India. Traditionally a winter-time speciality, it is prepared with mustard greens & spinach, seasoned with onions, ginger, garlic, & warm Indian spices. It is usually served with makki ki roti, which is a cornmeal flatbread. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

It’s a treat that I make for my family for Sunday brunches during winter-time.   The rich and buttery Sarson ka Saag goes so well with the crisp and earthy Makki ki Roti, that my otherwise picky kids & hubby also forget that they’re eating healthy greens for a meal, and, enjoying them too:-)   I like to serve it with Sweet & Spicy Lemon pickle and a boondi raita, which is yoghurt side.   To me, this combination is at the top of my soul-food list!

Sarson ka Saag, Indian spiced Mustard Greens by Spice Cravings. Sarson ka Saag is a leafy-vegetable preparation from Punjab, in the north of India. Traditionally a winter-time speciality, it is prepared with mustard greens & spinach, seasoned with onions, ginger, garlic, & warm Indian spices. It is usually served with makki ki roti, which is a cornmeal flatbread. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Preserving the Green Color

Sarson ka Saag, Indian spiced Mustard Greens by Spice Cravings. Sarson ka Saag is a leafy-vegetable preparation from Punjab, in the north of India. Traditionally a winter-time speciality, it is prepared with mustard greens & spinach, seasoned with onions, ginger, garlic, & warm Indian spices. It is usually served with makki ki roti, which is a cornmeal flatbread. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Whenever I prepare any kind of green leafy vegetables, I like to preserve the bright green color and not have them turn ‘dark and brownish’ in the cooking process. The key is to not over-cook them, AND, not cover them while cooking. I have tried many different ways of making saag.  I found that the key is that when I flash cook (add them to boiling water, remove and put them in ice-bath), or, microwave the greens and then season them, it cooks them perfectly, and preserves the color beautifully. That is why I never pressure cook the greens. I pressure cook the masala (seasoning mix), and add the greens to that.

In this recipe, I have prepared my seasoning in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot, but this can be made on the stove-top too. Simply follow the steps and cook the masala in a heavy bottom chef’s Pan, cover and cook the masala for 10 minutes. Open the lid and follow the remaining instructions.

Ideal Pairing: Makki Ki Roti

Makki ki Roti with Sarson ka Saag, Indian spiced Mustard Greens by Spice Cravings. Sarson ka Saag is a leafy-vegetable preparation from Punjab, in the north of India. Traditionally a winter-time speciality, it is prepared with mustard greens & spinach, seasoned with onions, ginger, garlic, & warm Indian spices. It is usually served with makki ki roti, which is a cornmeal flatbread. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Sarson ka Saag is traditionally served with Makki ki Roti, a flatbread made with cornmeal.  Here is an easy recipe, with step-by-step video instructions for homemade Makki ki Roti.

But, if you do not have the time to make those, pair them with stone-ground corn tortillas from your local supermarket, and you will enjoy that combination too!  To elevate the tortillas to another level, lightly grease a fry-pan, brush the corn tortillas with a little ghee, sprinkle a little cayenne on top, and lightly toast them.  The end result gets pretty close to the classic Makki ki Roti.

Serve this combo with some Sweet and Spicy lemon Pickle to round out the dish!

Instant Pot Lemon Pickle, Pressure cooker Lemon PIckle
Sweet and Spicy Lemon Pickle made in an instant pot

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Sarson ka Saag, Indian spiced Mustard Greens by Spice Cravings. Sarson ka Saag is a leafy-vegetable preparation from Punjab, in the north of India. Traditionally a winter-time speciality, it is prepared with mustard greens & spinach, seasoned with onions, ginger, garlic, & warm Indian spices. It is usually served with makki ki roti, which is a cornmeal flatbread. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie
Sarson Ka Saag | Spiced Mustard Greens
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Sarson ka Saag is a leafy-vegetable preparation from Punjab, in the north of India. Traditionally a winter-time speciality, it is prepared with mustard greens & spinach, seasoned with onions, ginger, garlic, & warm Indian spices.  It is usually served with makki ki roti, which is a cornmeal flatbread.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 61 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
Greens
  • 6 cups Sarson (Mustard Greens) : stems removed and chopped
  • 4 cups spinach : stems removed and chopped
  • 2 green chillies
Masala seasoning
Instructions
  1. Prepare the greens: Rinse mustard greens and spinach leaves 2-3 times, to wash off any dirt. Remove the fibrous stems from mustard greens and chop the leaves roughly. Do the same for spinach leaves. In a microwave safe bowl, add chopped greens and 2 green chillies, and microwave for 2 minutes. Using a hand blender, puree the greens to a medium fine consistency, or according to your preference.

  2. Prepare the masala: Turn on Instant Pot or Pressure cooker.  Heat oil on SAUTE mode. Add cumin and ginger-garlic paste and saute 30 seconds. Then, add chopped onion and saute another 30 seconds.  Finally, add salt, spices and water.  Stir well.  Press "Cancel SAUTE".  Close lid, valve set to sealing position and pressure cook for 2 minutes on Manual or Pressure Cook.

  3. Season Saag (Greens): Manually release pressure by turning the valve from Sealing to Venting position (QR). Open lid after pin drops. Turn on SAUTE. Add fine-ground cornmeal and saute for one minute, to cook the flour through. If the mix looks dry, add a little as needed. Add the pureed greens and saute for 2 minutes to blend the flavors together. Serve warm with Makki ki Roti (cornmeal flatbread), or Corn Tortillas or Naan.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.

 

Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
Sarson Ka Saag | Spiced Mustard Greens
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 61 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 472mg 20%
Potassium 365mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 72.4%
Vitamin C 58.4%
Calcium 9.5%
Iron 10.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Sarson ka Saag, Indian spiced Mustard Greens by Spice Cravings. Sarson ka Saag is a leafy-vegetable preparation from Punjab, in the north of India. Traditionally a winter-time speciality, it is prepared with mustard greens & spinach, seasoned with onions, ginger, garlic, & warm Indian spices. It is usually served with makki ki roti, which is a cornmeal flatbread. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Instant Pot Lemon Rice

Indian flavored Instant Pot lemon rice

Lemon Rice is an extremely popular side from southern India.  In this simple preparation, long grain rice are infused with fresh curry leaves, mustard seeds and spicy ginger.  I stir in freshly squeezed lemon juice after cooking and that brings this whole dish to life.  Using this recipe for Instant Pot Lemon Rice, you can make this fresh and flavorful side, in under 30 minutes!

Instant Pot Lemon rice served in a black stone pot

Customize Your Lemon Rice

I like to make this dish with long grain Basmati Rice, but it works just as well with Jasmine Rice.  This recipe is traditionally made with split black gram lentils (urad), but sometimes,  I add other lentils for variety.  I enjoy the sweet & nutty flavor of cashews in this recipe, but you can make it nut-free by skipping them altogether.  You can also substitute cashews with any other nut of your choice, like peanuts, almonds etc.

Ingredient List for Instant Pot Lemon Rice

Substitute for Curry Leaves

Curry leaves add a great floral aroma and taste to Instant Pot Lemon Rice.  But, depending on where you live, curry leaves can be tricky to find.   It took me years to find a close-enough taste match for curry leaves.

I found a few, so feel free to substitute based on what’s most convenient for you.  A 4-5 inch piece of lemongrass stalk, when sautéed, gives a very similar aroma and taste as curry leaves.  You can remove it before serving.  If you cannot find curry leaves or lemongrass stalk, then add 3-4 lime skin peels to the pot.  Make sure that you only get the skin, not the white part.

Instant Pot Lemon Rice recipe by Spice Cravings

Using Instant Pot for Lemon Rice

I must tell you guys something – I’ve never owned a rice cooker in my life!  Yup! I’ve always made rice on the stove or in my stove-top pressure cooker, using my mom’s recipe.  But when I bought my first Instant Pot, I experimented with cook-times and water-rice ratios, and finally found my perfect match!  Rice comes out so pillowy soft and fluffy.  I love how each kernel of rice is cooked perfectly and stays separated.  So, slowly, I have been adapting all my rice recipes to the Instant Pot.

If you’d like to learn more about the Instant pot, check out my Instant Pot FAQ and Accessories post.

Fluffy rice, straight from the Instant Pot

Stove-Top Recipe for Lemon Rice

Rinse rice 2-3 times till the water runs clear. Drain and keep aside. Do the same with split lentils. Heat a sauce pot on medium-high heat. Wait till it’s hot, and add ghee/butter or oil. Add mustard seeds and split black gram lentils (urad).

When the mustard seeds splutter and lentils look light-golden, add green chilies, curry leaves, cashews, ginger, salt, spices, and saute for 30 seconds. Add water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium, cover the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes.

Turn off the heat, open lid, fluff up the rice with a fork. Add fresh lemon juice and mix well. That’s it!

Lemon rice flavored with mustard seeds and curry leaves, cooked in Instant Pot

Dishes that Pair Well with Lemon Rice

Lemon rice pairs very well with Indian, middle-eastern or Greek entrees.  For a simple and clean meal, serve it with a side of Raita and Green Beans & Carrots, and enjoy a delicious Indian vegetarian meal.

I also like to serve it with chicken and vegetables skewersLamb Chops,  Salmon Tikki,  Chicken Kebab etc. Pair it with a side of grilled or oven-roasted vegetables and you have a perfectly balanced meal in under 30 minutes.

Vegetarian Pairings

Kadai Paneer

Soft and creamy paneer sauted with onions, peppers and chilies, this is the recipe for Kadai paneer

Paneer Makhani

Instant pot paneer butter masala or paneer makhani is vegetarian variation of Butter Chicken. Start with paneer, Indian cottage cheese, and simmer it in tomato puree, season with toasted and ground garam masala and finished with a touch of heavy cream #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Green Beans & Carrot

Green Beans and Carrot instant pot or stir fry by Spice Cravings. Crisp green beans and carrots sautéed with mustard seeds and coconut flakes, and seasoned with salt, coriander and cayenne. This super simple and amazingly easy vegetable side-dish is a great accompaniment to many entrée. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Chicken, Meat & Fish Pairings

Chicken & Veggie Skewers

Chicken Skewers and Vegetables on Lemon Rice made in instant pot by Spice Cravings. Chicken and Vegetable skewers are a good combo of protein and vegetables. Chicken is cooked in an instant pot & served with a side of saffron rice. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Seekh Kebab

Chicken Seekh Kebab by Spice Cravings. Chicken Seekh Kebab is must have appetizer with Indian meals.  These kebabs are skewered minced chicken seasoned with warm spices, grilled to perfection. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian

Salmon Tikki

Salmon Tikki, Salmon cakes- Pan grilled by Spice Cravings. I flavor the salmon in this healthy salmon cake recipe with warm Indian spices, lime, & combine with carrots, corn & spinach, to add a hint of sweetness. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian

Fish Coconut Curry

Fish Coconut Curry by Spice Cravings is a light fish prepared in a coconut milk broth with aromatics and tons of curry leaves, served over a mountain of steamed white rice. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #curry #indian 

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Indian flavored Instant Pot lemon rice
Instant Pot Lemon Rice
Prep Time
6 mins
Cook Time
16 mins
Resting
5 mins
Total Time
22 mins
 

Instant Pot Lemon Rice, fluffy grains of aromatic Basmati rice, flavored with mustard seeds and fresh lemon juice. This satisfying side pairs well with Indian, middle-eastern or Greek entrees. 

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: instant pot, Lemon Rice
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 239 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon ghee or butter or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoon Urad dal split split black gram lentils, rinsed and dried
  • 3 whole green chillies tops off (this way they release aroma, not spice)
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoons cashews (optional)
  • 1 tsp grated ginger (about 1/2 inch)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup Basmati rice Soaked 20 mins, rinsed 2-3 times
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoon water : this ratio works better for me than 1:1
  • 1 lemon juiced, to add after cooking
Instructions
  1. Soak basmati rice 20 minutes for best results.  Rinse 2-3 times till the water runs clear.  Drain and keep aside. Do the same with split lentils. 
  2. Turn Instant Pot on SAUTE mode (high). Wait till it reads "hot", and add ghee, mustard seeds and split black gram lentils.

  3. When the mustard seeds splutter and lentils look light-golden, add green chilies, curry leaves, cashews, ginger, salt, spices, and saute for 30 seconds. 

  4. Add drained rice and water, stir and close the lid. Set Manual/Pressure cook for 6 minutes. Vent at Sealing position (DUO). If using ULTRA model, press START

  5. Manually release pressure after 5 minutes (NPR 5). Open lid after pin has dropped and pot is completely depressurized.  Add lemon juice and fluff the rice with a fork, mixing in the lemon juice gently. 

Stove-top recipe
  1. Rinse rice 2-3 times till the water runs clear. Drain and keep aside. Do the same with split lentils. Heat a sauce pot on medium-high heat. Wait till it’s hot, and add ghee/butter or oil. Add mustard seeds and split black gram lentils (urad). 

  2. When the mustard seeds splutter and lentils look light-golden, add green chilies, curry leaves, cashews, ginger, salt, spices, and saute for 30 seconds. Add water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium, cover the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes. 

  3. Turn off the heat, open lid, fluff up the rice with a fork. Add fresh lemon juice and mix well. That’s it!

Recipe Notes

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.

 

Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Lemon Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 411mg 17%
Potassium 123mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 2g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 1.9%
Vitamin C 82.9%
Calcium 3%
Iron 7.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Instant Pot Indian Master Curry Sauce | Punjabi Gravy

Master Curry Sauce - Punjabi Gravy by Spice Cravings. This Punjabi Gravy is a rich, aromatic and versatile master curry sauce that is the base for a variety of Indian curry dishes. This recipe starts with onions, ginger, garlic and tomatoes, simmered with warm Indian spices like garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder and of course, salt, turmeric and cayenne. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Every cuisine has some basic ingredients that form the ‘foundation’ of many dishes.  Punjabi Gravy is a rich, aromatic and versatile Indian master curry sauce in north-Indian cuisine, that is the base for a variety of delicious north Indian curries.

As with most recipes in Indian cuisine, this one also starts off with fresh produce.  All it is, is onions, ginger, garlic and tomatoes, simmered with warm Indian spices like garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder and of course, salt, turmeric and cayenne, which is the inseparable trio in Indian cuisine!
Master Curry Sauce - Punjabi Gravy by Spice Cravings. This Punjabi Gravy is a rich, aromatic and versatile master curry sauce that is the base for a variety of Indian curry dishes. This recipe starts with onions, ginger, garlic and tomatoes, simmered with warm Indian spices like garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder and of course, salt, turmeric and cayenne. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #curry #Indian

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