Sarson ka saag and makke ki roti is the most delectable Punjabi dish. This healthy and delicious, hot and spicy combo is best to savour during the winter season to beat the chill. The earthy flavour of saag when tempered with hot spices and makke ki roti when topped with white butter, just tastes heavenly.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes
Sarson ka saag –
Sarson ka saag 750 grams
Fenugreek leaves 100 grams
Spinach leaves 100 grams
Garlic cloves 10
Ginger 1’ piece
Green chillies 2
Makki ka aata 1 tbsp
Pure ghee ½ cup
Red chilli powder 1 ½ tsp
Garam masala ½ tsp
Tamarind powder 1 tsp
Makke ki roti –
Makki ka aata ½ kg
Fenugreek leaves 1 cup
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Sarson ka Saag –
Clean all green leafy vegetables. Chop them coarsely and wash properly.
Chop carrot and gourd coarsely.
Boil all these vegetables together in a pressure cooker adding jiggery and a cup of water. Give one whistle on high flame then simmer for half an hour. Turn off flame. Let the pressure comes out on its own. Open the lid and let it cool. Grind in a food processor to a fine paste.
Make a fine paste of ginger, garlic and green chillies.
Make a paste of onion and tomatoes separately.
Put a pan on flame and put two tablespoons of pure ghee in it.
Add ginger-garlic-chilli paste. Saute for a minute.
Add onion paste. Saute till brown.
Add tomato paste. Cook till it starts leaving oil on the sides.
Add chilli powder.
Add boiled and grinded vegetable paste.
Make a paste of makki ka aata and curd mixing them together.
Add it to the dish. Mix it well.
Add salt and cook on low flame for an hour stirring occasionally.
Turn off flame.
Add garam masala, tamarind powder and remaining ghee.
Give a good stir.
Makke ki roti –
Clean and chop fenugreek leaves fine.
Chop green chillies fine.
Mix all these vegetables and all other ingredients well together.
Make a stiff dough adding lukewarm water.
Keep aside covered for an hour.
Make small balls out of this dough.
Roll them round like chapatis and make roti or paratha as you like.
Top with white butter and serve hot with saag and a piece of jiggery.
An additional serving of white butter will taste amazing!
It is a rich vegetarian delight but it is pure. Always buy farm fresh and organic sarson ka saag. Preservative laden canned saag can never taste classic and cannot give you the health benefits of the leafy greens of mustard plant.