Curried Mustard Greens / Sarson ka Saag (step by step)

Sarson ka saag (curried mustard greens) is the most popular vegetable of winters in North India especially in Punjab. During mustard growing season, green fields are covered with ‘sarson ke phool’, the yellow mustard flowers. This dish prepared with fresh leafy mustard greens and tempered with onions, ginger & garlic. In fact, it is very healthy and tasty meal and can be eaten practically in all seasons of the USA. The ingredients are readily available in many American or ethnic super markets. Serve hot, topped with a chunk of butter and makki ki roti (cornmeal flatbread). I am sure you all would love to eat this mouth-watering dish again and again!


  • Mustard greens – 1 bunch
  • Onions – 1 chopped
  • Ginger – 1 inch (grated)
  • Garlic – 3 cloves (finely chopped)
  • Tomatoes – 2 (small chopped)
  • Ghee or oil (I use half and half)
  • Maize flour – 1/3 cup
  • Green chilies – 4 (chopped)
  • Black pepper – ½ tsp. (crushed)
  • Red chili or red chili powder – ¼ tsp.
  • Salt


Clean, wash & chop the greens.

Bring water to a boil and add the greens. Cook over a slow flame uncovered or medium flame till the greens are tender. Don’t discard the water. Let it cool for some time and blend them coarsely. Make a paste of maize flour and add it to the cooked greens. Mix well.

Now return the saag to the fire and cook for 5 minutes in a low flame. Meanwhile in another burner heat ghee/oil and add garlic, ginger, green chilies, onion one by one and fry till they turn golden color.

Add the tomatoes and fry. Then add pepper, red chili and salt.Add this to the greens and stir for a couple of minutes and serve the saag with butter.

Serve this with makki ki roti (flatbreads made out of Indian wholemeal cornflour) or just plain rotis and it makes for a beautiful meal!

Spinach or fenugreek leaves can be added in a small quantity.

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6 Responses to Curried Mustard Greens / Sarson ka Saag (step by step)

  1. Wow, lovely clicks. First time here. Especially loved your mango curls recipe. Very unique and coming across it for the first time. Happy to follow you. do drop by mine when you find time.
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  2. Jagruti says:

    a great way to introduce different greens to kids and yes of course for making the classic combo of “Sarso da saag and makki di roti”..lovely space and lovelier clicks 🙂

  3. Mahi says:

    I have never tasted these greens..looks colourful n healthy!

    Thanks for dropping by at my blog! Glad to see your comment.

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