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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.

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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

Palak Paneer | Saag Paneer | Paneer in Spinach Gravy

Palak Paneer is a popular North Indian Punjabi curry made by cooking soft paneer (Indian cottage cheese), in a healthy and tasty spinach gravy.  By Spice Cravings #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian #curry

Palak Paneer is a popular North Indian Punjabi curry made by cooking soft paneer (Indian cottage cheese), in a healthy and tasty spinach based gravy.  The pureed spinach provides a creamy base for this flavorful curry, which is cooked with fresh onions, ginger garlic, tomato and seasoned with garam masala, coriander and cumin.  It is rich in flavor and is a staple in all Indian restaurants.  This is my mom’s famous recipe — which means it’s wicked good!  Another quick ‘n’ easy 30-minute meal from my family to yours!

Variations: Palak / Spinach Tofu (Vegan) or Chicken

You can make this recipe Vegan by swapping out the paneer with Extra-Firm Tofu.

Alternatively, you can switch out the paneer and add chicken instead, and make Palak Chicken.   If using chicken, use boneless skinless breast or thighs, cut in 1 inch pieces and add it to the pot in step 1, before closing the lid.  When done, wait for 5 minutes and release the pressure.  Remove chicken pieces after pressure cooking and then add the spinach. Continue with the rest of the instructions.  Add the chicken back after pureeing the spinach curry.

I made this recipe in my Instant Pot 6 Qt, but it can be made on a stove-top too.  Check out “Stove-top” instructions below.

Palak Paneer is a popular North Indian Punjabi curry made by cooking soft paneer (Indian cottage cheese), in a healthy and tasty spinach gravy.  By Spice Cravings #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian #curry

Stove-Top Recipe

  • Heat a deep sauce pan on medium high heat.  Since spinach puree tends to splash when simmering, using a deep sauce pan prevents it from messing the cooktop.
  • Add oil and cumin seeds.  When cumin seeds begin to sizzle, add ginger-garlic paste and sauté for 30 seconds.  Sliced onion and green chili go in now, sauté for a minute.  Add tomatoes, salt and dry spices and stir well.   Then, add 1/2 cup water, stir, cover the pan and cook for 10 minutes on medium heat.
  • Open the lid and add 1/2 bag of baby spinach and stir to wilt, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining spinach and wilt for around 2 minutes.  Turn off the heat. Using a hand blender puree the spinach mix.
  • Turn on heat to medium, add paneer cubes and simmer for 30 sec- 1 min, till paneer cubes become soft.  Turn off the heat.   Stir in butter, this adds a silky smooth finish to the sauce, and gives it a gorgeous shine. Add the sugar and stir.  This is optional and totally a personal preference.  Serve Palak Paneer warm, with Jeera rice/Cumin Rice, Toor Dal,  or store-bought Naan, or Roti.  Enjoy!

Tip for Pureeing Spinach Without Painting your Kitchen Green 🙂

Hand Blenders are great when you want to puree a sauce and get a velvety smooth finish. But, unless the quantity is enough to submerge the blender-head in the sauce, they tend to splash the sauce all over.  To avoid that, I transfer the spinach mix to a tall measuring cup, or the jar that came with my hand blender set.  I puree the spinach in that and there are no splashes at all.

Enjoy a Delicious Indian Vegetarian Meal!

Here are some popular pairings with Palak Paneer.  Usually, we have Palak Paneer with Cumin Basmati Rice or Naan.  You can pair it with Brown Jasmine rice as well.  One of my favorite comfort meals is Palak Paneer with Toor Dal Tadka (Pigeon Peas Soup), Cumin Rice and Cucumber Raita.  It’s one of those meals that I long for when I’ve been away from home traveling.

Jeera Rice or Cumin Rice, is a popular Indian side dish where delicious and aromatic basmati rice is cooked with the nutty and earthy cumin seeds. It is one of the most popular accompaniment with Indian curries. Quick and easy recipe by Spice Cravings. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian #basmati #riceCumin RiceBrown Jasmine Rice in Instant Pot
Brown Jasmin Rice
Toor Dal tadka, Split Pigeon pea soup, lentil soup, Instant Pot Soup by Spice Cravings. Toor Dal, also known as Arhar Dal or split yellow pigeon peas, is the most popular lentil all over India. Made with mustard seeds, onions and curry leaves. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian
Toor Dal Tadka (Split Pigeon Peas)
Cucumber Yogurt Dip / Cucumber Raita, by Spice Cravings. Cucumber Raita is a yoghurt dip made by mixing together freshly chopped cucumber, cilantro, yogurt, salt, an Indian spice blend called Chaat Masala. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty
Cucumber Raita (Cucumber Yogurt Dip)

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Palak Paneer is a popular North Indian Punjabi curry made by cooking soft paneer (Indian cottage cheese), in a healthy and tasty spinach gravy.  By Spice Cravings #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian #curry
Palak Paneer in Instant Pot
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Palak Paneer is a popular North Indian Punjabi curry made by cooking soft paneer (Indian cottage cheese), in a healthy and tasty spinach gravy. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Curry, Paneer, Spinach
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 198 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
  • 10 oz. bag of baby spinach
  • 10 oz. block of paneer cubed in 1/2 inch pieces (Costco or Indian grocery store)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste 1/2 inch ginger + 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion slices
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 green chili (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon amchur (dry mango powder) or 1 teaspoon lemon juice at the end
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon butter (optional)
Instructions
  1. Turn on the Instant Pot on SAUTE. Wait 30 seconds for it to heat up. Add oil and cumin seeds. When cumin seeds begin to sizzle, add ginger-garlic paste and sauté for 30 seconds. Add sliced onion and green chili, and sauté for a minute. Add tomatoes, sauté for 30 seconds. Then, add salt and dry spices and stir well. Add 1/2 cup water and stir. Close the lid. Set pressure valve to SEALING. Cook on MANUAL for 3 minutes.

  2. Release the pressure immediately (QR). Turn on SAUTE. Add 1/2 bag of baby spinach and stir to wilt. add the remaining bag and cook till spinach leaves soften, around 2 minutes. Turn off IP. Using an immersion blender or food processor, puree the spinach mix. I prefer to use the food processor to avoid splatters of spinach.

  3. Pour the spinach puree back in IP. Turn on SAUTE. Add paneer cubes and stir for 30 seconds- 1 minute, till paneer cubes become soft. Turn IP off. Stir in sugar and butter, this brings the dish to life and gives it a shine. Serve hot with zeera rice or naan. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Palak Paneer in Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 472mg 20%
Potassium 399mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 95.9%
Vitamin C 26.4%
Calcium 28.8%
Iron 10.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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