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Sarson Ka Saag – Spicy Mustard Greens (Instant Pot or Stovetop)

Sarson ka Saag is a popular Punjabi dish made with mustard greens and tempered with ghee and red chili! Perfect served with makki ki roti and some pickled onions, it’s a magical treat to enjoy as the weather gets chilly! Use your Instant Pot to whip us this delightful treat and enjoy its velvety texture.

Sarson ka Saag is a popular Punjabi dish made with mustard greens and tempered with ghee and red chili! Perfect served with makki ki roti and some pickled onions, it’s a magical treat to enjoy as the weather gets chilly!

Sarson ka saag is a traditional North Indian winter dish made with mustard greens, spinach, and bathua (goosefoot greens). Since some of these aren’t available in the US, I’ve used broccoli and radish to emulate some of that delicious fresh flavor!

Sarson ka saag is like a warm hug on the cold day. Use your Instant Pot to whip us this delightful treat and enjoy its velvety texture topped off with tempered spices!

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Sarson ka Saag is a popular Punjabi dish made with mustard greens and tempered with ghee and red chili! Perfect served with makki ki roti and some pickled onions, it’s a magical treat to enjoy as the weather gets chilly! Use your Instant Pot to whip us this delightful treat and enjoy its velvety texture.

Sarson ka Saag is a popular Punjabi dish made with mustard greens and tempered with ghee and red chili! Perfect served with makki ki roti and some pickled onions, it’s a magical treat to enjoy as the weather gets chilly! Use your Instant Pot to whip us this delightful treat and enjoy its velvety texture.

Sarson ka Saag is a popular Punjabi dish made with mustard greens and tempered with ghee and red chili! Perfect served with makki ki roti and some pickled onions, it’s a magical treat to enjoy as the weather gets chilly! Use your Instant Pot to whip us this delightful treat and enjoy its velvety texture.

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Sarson ka Saag is a popular Punjabi dish made with mustard greens and tempered with ghee and red chili! Perfect served with makki ki roti and some pickled onions, it’s a magical treat to enjoy as the weather gets chilly! Use your Instant Pot to whip us this delightful treat and enjoy its velvety texture.
Sarson Ka Saag - Spicy Mustard Greens (Instant Pot or Stovetop)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
 

Sarson ka Saag is a popular Punjabi dish made with mustard greens and tempered with ghee and red chili! Perfect served with makki ki roti and some pickled onions, it’s a magical treat to enjoy as the weather gets chilly! Use your Instant Pot to whip us this delightful treat and enjoy its velvety texture.

Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: curry, instant pot
Custom Category: Curries, Indian Main Course, Instant Pot Recipes, Main Course
Servings: 8
Calories: 138 kcal
Author: Nidhi Bothra
Ingredients
Pressure Cook:
  • 250 grams mustard greens (sarson) , washed and chopped (2 bunches)
  • 125 grams spinach , washed and chopped (1 bunch)
  • 1 cup broccoli , washed and cut into florets
  • 5-6 small radish , roughly chopped
  • 4-5 sticks dried mangoes
  • 1 inch ginger , chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , roughly chopped
  • 2 green chilies , slit
  • 1 cup water
Temper / Tadka:
  • 3 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 dried red chilies
  • 1 tbsp ginger , minced
  • 2 tbsp garlic , minced
  • 2 green chilies , finely chopped
  • 2 medium onions , finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes , coarsely blended
  • 2-3 tbsp water , or as needed
  • 2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 cup maize flour (makki ka atta)
  • 2 tbsp jaggery
  • salt , to taste
  • 1 tbsp butter
Instructions
Instant Pot:
  1. Add the mustard greens, spinach, broccoli, radish, dried mango, ginger, green chilies and water into the Instant Pot.

  2. Put the lid on and pressure cook for 12 minutes on high in manual mode. Make sure your vent is on the sealing position.

  3. When the cooking is complete, let the pressure release naturally.

  4. Open the lid and blend the greens into a coarse paste using a hand blender (immersion blender). If you don't have a hand blender, wait for them to cool down and then blend the mixture coarsely using a regular blender in pulse mode. Transfer the greens mix to another bowl and keep it aside.

  5. Now, clean the Instant Pot bowl and then turn on the sauté mode. Set the temperature to "Less" using the "Adjust" button. It is important to follow this step to make sure that sautéing is done at a low temperature otherwise the temper will burn.

  6. Once the Instant Pot is hot, add ghee, cumin seeds, and dry red chilies. When they start sizzling, add ginger, garlic and green chilies and let them sauté for 1 minute. Adjust the green chilies based on your spice preference.

  7. Then, add onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes until they become translucent.

  8. Add in the coarsely blended tomatoes, red chili powder, and turmeric powder. Sauté for 4-5 mins until you see the ghee coming out from the sides. Add 2-3 tbsp water (or as required) in between so that the paste doesn't stick.

  9. Add in the maize flour (makki ka atta) and mix until it is well combined.

  10. Now, add in the pressure-cooked greens, jaggery and salt, and stir the mixture until it is well combined. If you feel that the saag is too thick, you can add some water to get your desired consistency.

  11. Add in the butter and mix.

  12. Cover and saute it for 5-6 minutes, until the ghee comes on top. Make sure that the you are sauteing it on low temperature ("less" mode), otherwise the saag will start sticking to the bottom.

  13. Sarson Ka Saag is ready! Enjoy it with makki ki roti, pickled onions, and some butter.

Stove Top:
  1. Add the mustard greens, spinach, broccoli, radish, dried mango, ginger, green chilies and water into the pressure cooker. Pressure cook for 1 whistle on high flame and 1 whistle on medium flame.

  2. Switch off the gas and let the pressure release naturally.

  3. Open the lid and blend the greens into a coarse paste using a hand blender (immersion blender). If you don't have a hand blender, wait for it to cool down and then blend it coarsely using a regular blender in pulse mode. Transfer the greens mix to another bowl and keep it aside.

  4. Now, in a heavy bottom sauce pan add add ghee, cumin seeds, and dry red chilies. When they start sizzling, turn the gas to medium flame and add ginger, garlic and green chilies. Sauté for 1 minute.

  5. Then, add in the onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes until they become translucent.

  6. Add in the coarsely blended tomatoes, red chili powder, and turmeric powder. Sauté for 4-5 mins untilyou see the ghee coming out from the sides. Add 2-3 tbsp water (or as required) in between so that the paste doesn't stick.

  7. Add maize flour (makki ka atta) and mix until it is well combined.

  8. Now, add in the pressure-cooked greens, jaggery, and salt, and stir the mixture until it is well combined. If you feel that the saag is too thick, you can add some water to get your desired consistency.

  9. Add in the butter and mix.

  10. Cover the pan and saute on medium to low flame for 5-6 minutes until the ghee comes on top.

  11. Sarson Ka Saag is ready! Enjoy it with makki ki roti, pickled onions, and some butter.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes
  • The mustard greens and spinach are in a 2:1 ratio, meaning that spinach is half the quantity of the mustard greens.
  • Make sure that you don't blend the greens into a fine paste, we still want to retain some of that texture so keep it more coarse.
  • If you're using a regular blender, make sure to only use the pulse mode when blending the green because we don't want them to become too fine.
  • The tomatoes should be coarsely blended and not fine like a puree. Alternatively, you can just finely chop the tomatoes.
  • Make sure that the sarson ka saag is made in ghee or butter for the best flavor.
Nutrition Facts
Sarson Ka Saag - Spicy Mustard Greens (Instant Pot or Stovetop)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 138 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 128mg6%
Potassium 428mg12%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 3143IU63%
Vitamin C 48mg58%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Sarson ka Saag is a popular Punjabi dish made with mustard greens and tempered with ghee and red chili! Perfect served with makki ki roti and some pickled onions, it’s a magical treat to enjoy as the weather gets chilly! Use your Instant Pot to whip us this delightful treat and enjoy its velvety texture.

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