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Sarson ka saag, a smooth and velvety mustard greens sauce
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Sarson ka Saag

Sarson ka Saag is a popular and rustic dish that springs from the belly of India's Punjab state and is loved -- and eaten -- by Indians around the world. If you love Saag Paneer, you will love this different but equally delicious dish made of smooth, creamy greens in a spicy sauce. Vegan, soy-free, nut-free and gluten-free recipe.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main/Curry
Cuisine: Indian Punjabi, nut-free, Soy-free
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 80kcal


  • Large saucepan


  • ½ pound mustard greens (roughly chopped)
  • ¼ pound spinach (roughly chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (or use vegan butter. Don't use coconut oil because like I've often said before on this blog, coconut oil is not a flavor that works for north Indian recipes)
  • 2 large cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 1.5 cups basic tomato onion sauce
  • 2 teaspoon garam masala
  • Salt to taste


  • In a large saucepan, place the spinach and mustard greens with ½ cup of water. Cover and let the greens cook five minutes or until they are completely wilted and tender. Remove with the liquid to a food processor and blend into a smooth puree. Set aside.
  • Make sure the saucepan is dry and heat the oil. Add the cornmeal and cook it, stirring to make sure it doesn't stick, for a minute or so.
  • Add the tomato onion sauce and mix well. Add the pureed greens and bring everything to a boil. Lower the heat so the sauce continues to simmer with gentle bubbling in the pot. If your curry looks too dry, add a little vegetable stock or water. Let the curry cook for 15 minutes.
  • Sprinkle on the garam masala and add salt to taste.
  • Serve hot, preferably with makki ki roti or any Indian flatbread like naan or roti. Because this is a rustic dish, it tastes great served with an Indian pickle, slices of raw onion and wedges of lime or lemon.


Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Potassium: 530mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4953IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 2mg