Sarson ka Saag (Mustard Greens in Butter)

Sarson ka Saag (Mustard Greens in Butter) is a mix of delicious greens, slowly cooked with mild spices and brown butter to give it an absolutely divine taste.

It’s one of the very famous winter recipes from the state of Punjab, in Northern India, where it’s popularly known as ‘Sarson Da Saag’ and eaten mostly with ‘Makki ki Roti‘ (Cornmeal Flatbread) with a dollop of fresh white butter on top.

Winter’s in India is the perfect time when you see a variety of fresh fruits n vegetables in the market and there are certain vegetables like Sarson (mustard), Spinach (Palak), Methi (Watercress), which are particularly available in winters.

And as soon as mustard leaves are available, there is not a single restaurant/home in Northern India where you won’t find ‘Sarson da Saag with Makki di Roti’ as they are a perfect match together.


Although every home has its own preparation for the Sarson ka Saag, the basic remains the same, you mix the mustard leaves with few more leafy greens like spinach, bathua (Chenopodium) or even broccoli.

Now, since we don’t get ‘Bathua leaves‘ here (it enhances the flavor of mustard leaves), we usually use broccoli which gives a similar texture and taste.

Then we cook it in mild spices, butter, cream (optional) and this process can take from 30 minutes to 3-4 hours depending on your taste.

If you like a light, creamy flavor, then you just need to cook it for 30-40 minutes and for more dense, rich flavor, you can cook it on low heat for 3-4hrs.

Infact, in many homes, the Sarson ka Saag is prepared early morning and then kept on low flames to cook it till evening.

But they do keep adding butter or cream to keep the consistency rich. So this is a perfect recipe for slow cooker 🙂


The recipe, I’m sharing is absolutely easy to make and it’s very light.

Infact, most of my family/friends, whoever has eaten this saag, says that ‘ it tastes rich in flavors yet feels light to eat’.

This recipe is great for vegetarians as it’s packed with many leafy greens and if you’re a vegan, you can replace butter with any light oil.


Try the recipe this winter with your choice of side (bread/flatbread/rice/quinoa) and do let me know.


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Yield: 4

Creamy Sarson ka Saag (Mustard Greens in Brown Butter)

Creamy Sarson ka Saag (Mustard Greens in Brown Butter)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 2 Cups Fresh Mustard Leaves - cleaned
  • 1 Cup Spinach - you may use fresh/frozen
  • 1 Broccoli Crown - medium to small size
  • 2 Large Onions - thinly chopped
  • 1 Inch Piece of Ginger - cleaned
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger - grated - for sauce
  • 1 Tsp Garlic - grated - for sauce
  • 3-4 Green Chilies - thinly chopped - use as per taste
  • 3 Tbsp Yogurt - optional
  • 5 Tbsp Brown Butter or Ghee - you may use oil too
  • 2 Tbsp Makki ka Atta (Cornmeal Flour) - you can also use besan (chickpea flour)
  • 5 Cups Water - To Steam veggies
  • Spices:
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric - optional - it enhances the rich green color
  • 2 Tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Asafetida - also called heeng/hing in Hindi
  • 1 Tbsp Garam Masala
  • 1 Tsp Red Chili Powder
  • Salt - as per taste
  • For Tempering: Optional
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee
  • 2-3 Whole Red Chillies
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds


  1. Boil 5 cups water in a large pot.
  2. Add mustard leaves, spinach, broccoli, ginger piece and let cook for about 10 minutes. (cover with lid). OR You may use pressure cooker to cook the vegetables.
  3. After the vegetables are slightly tender, strain all the water and let them cool to touch.
  4. Using a food processor/hand blender, pulse the cooked vegetables into a thick - smooth paste.
  5. Now, heat a large pan with 5 tbsp oil for about a minute.
  6. Add, cumin seeds, chopped onions and saute on low heat for a minute.
  7. Now, add ginger + garlic, green chilies and saute for another 2 minutes or till onions turn golden.
  8. Add, rest of the spices, vegetable paste and saute everything evenly.
  9. Cover the pan with a lid, lower the heat to low and let cook for 15 minutes (saute every 2 minutes).
  10. After 15 minutes, remove the lid, add the makki ka atta/besan, yogurt, saute everything and let cook for another 10 minutes.
  11. While the saag is cooking, heat a small pan for tadka (tempering).
  12. Add 2 tbsp ghee, cumin seeds in a small pan over low heat.
  13. Once, the cumin seeds start to crackle, add whole red chili and turn off the flames.
  14. Transfer the cooked saag in a serving dish.
  15. Pour the tadka/tempering over it and serve hot with fresh makki ki roti.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size


Amount Per ServingCalories 1238 Total Fat 118g Saturated Fat 63g Cholesterol 281mg Sodium 209mg Carbohydrates 37g Sugar 4g Protein 16g



38 Replies to "Sarson ka Saag (Mustard Greens in Butter)"

  • comment-avatar
    Sina @ Vegan Heaven January 6, 2016 (4:38 pm)

    This is such a unique dish, Molly! Never heard of it, but I’m sure it’s really delicious!! 🙂

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    Howie Fox January 4, 2016 (8:08 pm)

    Wooaah!! Love the photos and the little vessel!! Plus, I’d love to see how you prepare this dish – looking at the recipe list it looks like real alchemistry to get this one just right! 😀

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      Molly Kumar January 6, 2016 (5:16 pm)

      Hahaha – Thanks Howie. I know, it may sound pretty handsful but the recipe is actually very easy 🙂

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    Gin January 4, 2016 (6:02 pm)

    I can’t believe all the veggies in here! I _love_ Indian flavors but I’ve never had a chance to try anything like this. Pinned!

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      Molly Kumar January 4, 2016 (11:13 pm)

      Hahaha, its actually a full ‘Veggiethon kind of recipe’ If I can call it so, but they all taste absolutely delicious together. Do try if you get a chance and definitely let me know. Thanks for visiting 🙂

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    Jacqueline Meldrum January 3, 2016 (2:44 pm)

    That looks so tasty Molly and I love the bowl you served it in!

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    Kat | January 3, 2016 (10:45 am)

    This sounds delicious! I’ve never made anything like that, but I definitely have to give it a try when I find mustard greens!

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      Molly Kumar January 4, 2016 (5:15 pm)

      Thanks Kat – Do give it a try, it’s yummmm 🙂

  • comment-avatar January 2, 2016 (4:18 am)

    Wow Molly this looks delicious. Such a beautiful colour and so healthy. And those flavours? They sound awesome. Pinned to try soon!

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      Molly Kumar January 2, 2016 (6:01 am)

      Thanks Mel 🙂 I’m so glad you liked them!

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    The Vegan 8 January 2, 2016 (3:19 am)

    Such a unique dish, I have never heard of it! Such fantastic colors!

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    Kathy Hester January 2, 2016 (3:13 am)

    I love the deep green of this dish! I’ve never made a saag with mustard greens and I can’t wait to give your recipe a try!

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      Molly Kumar January 4, 2016 (5:25 pm)

      Thanks Kathy…the mustard greens are very delicious when mixed with other greens.

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    Cris January 1, 2016 (10:19 pm)

    Now that’s totally new! Pin it!!! 🙂 Love it!

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    Ginny McMeans January 1, 2016 (2:34 pm)

    This is like nothing I have ever tried and it really is intriguing. I will be making this fabulous side very soon.

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      Molly Kumar January 4, 2016 (5:23 pm)

      Do give it a try, it’s super creamy and delicious 🙂 Thanks for visiting Ginny.

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    Linda @ Veganosity December 31, 2015 (5:47 pm)

    I LOVE Indian spices and food. An Indian restaurant opened five minutes from my house recently and we eat there at least twice a month. This looks and sounds soooo good.

    • comment-avatar
      Molly Kumar January 4, 2016 (5:20 pm)

      Thanks Linda 🙂 I can imagine, you must be having a great time eating out at Indian Restaurant.

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    Kristina December 31, 2015 (3:05 pm)

    these photos are STUNNING, and this sounds delicious!

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    Kelly @ TastingPage December 31, 2015 (3:22 am)

    I love all the beautiful greens here, and broccoli too. Looks delicious and healthy!

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    Jenn December 30, 2015 (11:35 pm)

    Now this is a healthy dish!! I love greens, but I’ve never had them cooked down quite like this. Perfect for starting out the new year in a healthy way!

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      Molly Kumar December 31, 2015 (3:56 pm)

      Thanks Jenn – this is one of my fav way to eat greens 🙂

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    Amanda {Striped Sptaula} December 30, 2015 (6:37 pm)

    I’ve never had Mustard Greens in Brown Butter, but I love both separately, so I can imagine that they must be delicious together. Will save your recipe to try!

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      Molly Kumar December 31, 2015 (4:27 pm)

      Definitely try them together, the brown butter mixes so well with greens and give it this smooth-lush taste – Thanks for visiting Amanda 🙂

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    Ashleigh December 30, 2015 (5:56 am)

    Wow this looks so good and something new to try! I love green foods so this is perfect for me! Thank you for sharing!

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    cheryl@neurotic baker December 29, 2015 (11:07 pm)

    Omg this sounds awesome! I love spinach saag, but never thought of trying it with mustard greens. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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      Molly Kumar January 4, 2016 (4:39 pm)

      You should definitely try this, it looks similar to spinach saag but is more tastier and creamier. Thanks for visiting.

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    Krista Williams December 29, 2015 (9:35 pm)

    Beautiful photos! I just tried saag this weekend and loved it! So excited to try this!

    • comment-avatar
      Molly Kumar January 4, 2016 (4:37 pm)

      Thanks Krista – thanks for visiting 🙂

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    Melissa December 29, 2015 (7:33 pm)

    One of my absolute favorite dishes of all time. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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      Molly Kumar January 4, 2016 (4:25 pm)

      This is seriously one of my Fav too Melissa and I’ll be glad if you try it 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

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