Cook With Manali's Sarson ka Saag

Sarson ka Saag is a winter staple in Northern India. Spiced greens are pureed and then served with makki roti (flatbread made with maize flour) and dollop of butter. It makes a wonderful vegetarian nutritious meal!

Course Entree
Cuisine Indian
Keyword sarson ka saag
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 135 kcal
Author: Manali
5 from 6 votes


To Pressure Cook

  • 250 grams mustard greens
  • 250 grams mixed greens like spinach, bathua (chenopodium), I used mix of spinach, turnip and collard greens
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5-6 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped
  • 2 green chilies, or to taste, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 inch white radish (mooli) , chopped, around 1/2 cup chopped radish
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1.5 cups water

2 tablespoons maize flour (makki ka atta)


  • 2-3 tablespoons ghee
  • 1/4 teaspoon hing, also known as asafetida
  • 3-4 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 dried red chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala


  1. Wash and chop the greens and then add them to the pressure cooker. Then add the chopped onion, garlic, ginger and green chilies.

  2. Add tomatoes and white radish. Then add the red chili powder and salt. Add 1.5 cups water and stir.

  3. Pressure cook for 5-6 whistles (in a traditional stove top pressure cooker) on high heat until everything is soft and done.

    If using the Instant Pot (like I did here), cook on high pressure for 5 mins and then let the pressure release naturally. Alternatively, you can also cook everything on a stove top for 20-25 minutes until soft.

  4. Open the pressure cooker/instant pot and then use an immersion blender to puree the saag. If you don't have an immersion blender, wait for it cool down a bit and then puree using your regular blender.

  5. Blend to a coarse paste. You may blend it to super fine texture using a high speed blender. I prefer it little coarse.

  6. Transfer saag to another pot on stove top over medium-low heat. Add 2 tablespoons of maize flour to the saag and mix, this helps in thickening the saag.

  7. Set heat to low and let the saag simmer for 20 to 25 minutes on low heat. It will thicken as it simmers.

  8. For the final tadka, heat a small pan on medium heat. Once the pan is hot add ghee to it and then add hing and chopped garlic cloves. Saute for few seconds and then add the chopped onion and dried red chilies.

  9. Cook until the onions and garlic turn light golden brown. Add the coriander powder and garam masala and mix.

  10. Transfer the tadka/tempering to the saag and mix.

  11. Serve sarson ka saag with makki roti, sliced onion, jaggery and white butter! 

Recipe Notes

Make it Vegan: use oil in place of ghee.

Make it gluten-free: make sure the hing (asafetida) that you use is gluten-free. Rest of the recipe is gluten-free as it is.

Use a ratio of 2:1 for mustard greens to other greens. 


Nutrition Facts
Sarson ka Saag
Amount Per Serving
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 731mg32%
Potassium 705mg20%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 8020IU160%
Vitamin C 71.1mg86%
Calcium 149mg15%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.