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Sarson Ka Saag – the Most Stereotyped Dish of Punjab

Updated on September 13, 2019
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Sarson Ka Saag is the unique dish of Punjabi cuisine. It is cooked in all the Punjabi households during winter and even the restaurants serve sarson ka saag & makki di roti as a specialty. A classic Punjabi dish, Sarson Da Saag is made from mustard leaves, spinach and bathua along with cornmeal and spices. Mustard leaves are slightly bitter in taste, spinach is added to it and the saag is served with a dollop of desi ghee or butter for a rich taste. Bathua and mustard leaves are available in the winter season in India, hence this is largely cooked in Indian homes, especially in northern India, during the winters only. This recipe will make you hooked on to it once you cook it.


  • 5 bunches fresh mustard leaves
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 bunch bathua (pigweed)
  • 5 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 one-inch pieces ginger, sliced
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 4 green chillies
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • salt, to taste

Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: Serves 4


  1. Heat three tablespoons cooking oil in a kadai/pan and add ginger & garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Then add onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add chopped mustard leaves to the pan and stir. The mustard leaves, spinach and bathua must be properly washed beforehand. Now add chopped spinach and bathua to the pan and stir. Add chopped green chillies to the pan.
  3. Add salt according to taste and stir well. Let it cook till the green leaves turn soft.
  4. Now dissolve cornmeal in some water and add it to the pan. Let the mixture simmer till the greens are completely soft and cooked. Switch off the gas flame and let it cool. Then grind the mixture to a coarse paste.
  5. Transfer the coarse paste into the pan and let it simmer for a few minutes. Add desi ghee or butter and serve hot with makki di roti.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 1290
Calories from Fat756
% Daily Value *
Fat 84 g129%
Carbohydrates 76 g25%
Protein 58 g116%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      19 months ago from India

      @Peggy We Punjabis are crazy about sarson ka saag and makki di roti. Can't wait for Winters to start when we get to eat this favorite dish of ours!

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      Peggy Woods 

      19 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I had to look up the ingredient bathua because I was not familiar with it. The rest of the ingredients would make this a very flavorful dish. Thanks for the education regarding this dish coming from Punjabi.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      19 months ago from India

      Thanks Eric!

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      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Fantastic - maybe I could even make this one - maybe surprise my wife with it. Thanks.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      19 months ago from India

      Thanks Bill! Yo are always the first one to comment on my hubs :)

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      Bill Holland 

      19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shaloo, I can always count on you to educate me about your culture, and for that I thank you.


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