Thursday 7 January 2010

Winter Special- Makke Di Roti Aur Sarson da Saag (Corn Meal Bread and Mustard Leaf Curry)

When we say winter the first thought of  food that comes to any ones mind here in North India is surely Makke di Roti and Sarson da Saag. Punjabis love to eat this and it frequents their kitchen quite regularly in this season.
Traditionally in villages it is made on ‘chulha’ which adds a different flavor and takes the recipe to another level which surely can not be achieved on a gas stove, but living in an apartment Chulha can not be thought of…
Talking about Mustard leaf, it is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family. It shares the same cancer-preventing benefits of broccoli, cabbage and kale. Mustard is a pungent winter vegetable, abundantly available in this season. It contains large amounts of beta carotene and vitamin C that are important antioxidants. Mustard greens are also a source of calcium that can be important to lactose intolerant individuals. Mustard greens also contain a significant amount of iron.
Mustard greens can be eaten raw or cooked. The whole plant can be cut at once or individual outer leaves can be picked for a cut-and-come-again harvest. The young leaves, four to five inches long , are mild-flavored and can be eaten raw in salads. The older leaves taste better when prepared as cooked greens.
Makke di Roti can be made in various variations…like the plain, methi (fenugreek) and mooli (radish) and can be eaten with green chutney and butter also.
Ingredients For Sarson Ka Saag
5 cups chopped Mustard greens
1-1/2 cups chopped Spinach Leaves
2 onions chopped
5-6 garlic pods
1-1/2” ginger piece
8-10 green chilies chopped (check the spiciness)
2-1/2 tbsp corn meal
2 tsp coriander pwd
1 tsp red chili pwd (optional)
2-3 dry red chilies
clarified butter for cooking
Wash the greens with plenty of water to remove the dirt and soil and then chop finely.
Chop finely the ginger, garlic, onion and green chilies.

Take a deep pan and take 7-8 cups of water in it, put some salt. Once the water starts boiling first add the mustard greens let it cook for a minute and then add the spinach and cook for another minute. Remove the greens and put them immediately in cold water, this stops further cooking of the greens and keeps the green colour intact. Another precaution that should be taken is never close the vessel in which the greens are either boiled or cooked.
Grind the greens.
Heat 5-6 tbsp of ghee in a pan. Add chopped onions and saute, when it turns translucent add ginger-garlic and saute for a minute and then add green chilies. Add salt to taste and coriander powder, saute till the onions are nicely brown in colour now add the corn meal and let the meal get nicely roasted for a few minutes  till a nice aroma is produced. The corn meal acts as a binder.


Now add the green leaf paste, mix thoroughly and bring it to a boil. Adjust the consistency by adding some water.
Heat a spoon of ghee in a separate small pan and add dry chilies and red chili pwd. Pour the baghar immediately on the saag.
Serve hot with some home made butter on top.


Ingredients For Makke di Roti
2 cups Corn meal
1/2 cup grated radish
2 green chilies chopped
salt to taste
hot water for kneading the dough
As I have explained earlier that this roti can be made in various variations. Here I am making with radish. Take  the cornmeal in a large plate, add radish, green chilies and salt to taste and mix thoroughly. The radish releases it’s water. Now add hot water (hot enough that your hands can handle) and make a dough. Every time we start making the roti take a small portion of the dough (small orange size) and knead it again properly. This helps in making soft rotis with smooth edges.
Traditionally the roti is made using hands and that surely needs expertise, I make in a simpler way by patting  and moving it using flour and this method can be further simplified by patting it on a plastic sheet and then lifting the plastic sheet away from the roti. This method is good for beginners.
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After lifting the roti put it on a hot tava/girdle and cook from both the sides and then put a spoon of ghee and shallow fry the roti.
Cut it into quarter pieces and serve it with the saag along with some jaggery, radish, a piece of lemon and green chili.
Here’s how the platter looks like
Sending this to Monthly Mingle:Winter fruits and vegetables hosted by Cook like a bong and started by Meeta.
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Saraswathy Balakrishnan said...

Wow!! looks so delicious and new to me my friend..glad that u shared them with us.Thanks a ton:)

PJ said...

omg.. Pari, I was planning to post the same dish in a few days, that too with makke ki roti and all :) Glad I checked your blog first! Will think of something else now :) This looks great, you give such a beautiful pictorial tutorial. Very nicely done.

chef and her kitchen said...

That looks so so delicious..I made only once this combo.....

Pari Vasisht said...

Dear Saraswathy, I am so glad you liked it, do try it's a famous preparation from Punjab.
Dear PJ, please I insist do post your version, the blogosphere is full of similar posts but every one add their touch to the recipe and that's a good learning.
Prathy, make it again this winter and write ur version.

Rachana said...

Dear Pari,
Makke di roti aur sarson da saag looks great. Great photos!

Padma said...

Have never tried sarson ka saag. Looks so yumm and also healthy. Roti too looks crisp and nice combo Pari

Pari Vasisht said...

Thanks Rachana for appreciating.
Padma do try this and you will fall in love with this preparation.

Anu said...

Have never tried and very new to me.. Looks yummy and crispy..

prasu said...

wow..pari I do regulary come to ur blog....but don't know the reason it's not leting me to wirte comments...even today I tried two time......but could not....just now finally I'm able to get here.....saag look delicious dear....heard alot about it but never prepared.....sure ur preparation is tempting me...will try and let u know the outcome........

SE said...

lovely and delicious..within no time i am taken to the fields of punjab and the hindi films !! :-)

Preeti Kashyap said...

have been wanting to make this for a long long I am inspired again. Lovely pics and great recipe! will try it soon. keep it up pari!

Pari Vasisht said...

Dear Let me know the exact problem that you are facing, will try to figure out.Nobody has told told me till now that they are facing problem while commenting.
SE, ya this recipe surely brings DDLJ and Kajol to my mind.
Hey Preeti, go ahead and try it. The saag had really turned out well.
Anu thanks for appreciating.

Siddhi Shirsat said...

hey pari i was looking out for this combo recipe from mny days...thnx a lot for it...ur roti n sagg luks yumm...m very eager to try it very sun...

Mansi said...

This is heavenly!

FH said...

Hi Pari, thanks girl. Happy 2010 to you too.

Great combo to have in Winter, perfect pics! :))

Shri said...

Looks great,Pari!

Priya Suresh said...

Mustard green curry looks new and delicious..cornmeal roti looks beautiful..both together fantastic..

Deepti said...

Wow, my mouth is full of water rightnow...wat a delicious mom makes the rotis with her hands n they come out just awesome.

Unknown said...

New one for me!
Looks and sounds yummy.
Will def give it a shot, one of these days.

Dips said...

Delish ! This is the 2nd I have seen in blog-world recently..I have to try it now ! Where do you get the mustard greens ? I dont think Ive seen any in farmers market here..

Unknown said...

loved the pictures..this is one tempting hit combo..

Namitha said...

Wow..what a yummy platter..The color of the saag is tempting :-)

Namitha said...

Saw Prasu's comment on problem with commnting..Whenever I click on the captha it takes me to the middle of the page, this happens to me whenever I try to comment in your blog..but then I scroll down and again click..

ps: You could moderate this comment..Just wanted to let you know :-)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

pari - thats an awesome combo...

chakhlere said...

Hey Pari...this is absolutely gorgeous platter. And I just cant stop appreciating your efforts to explain the procedure in detail. Simply i am big fan of this hearty meal.

I also had the same problem as Prasu said. The comment section just doesn't appear on the page...then i reopened the page and its ok.

Very lovely post. Great work.

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

wow! I have heard of this dish so many never knew how to prepare it! such a nice explanation with pics..Loved it!


Sarah Naveen said...

Mustard leaves curry is new to me...Sounds great and looks so delicious..

Pari Vasisht said...

Hi Gulmohar, I have not faced this kind of problem earlier, would not know how to correct it, I am a technically challenged person, guide me if u can. :)

Thanks Renuka that you liked my explanation.

Dear Chakhlere, many thanks, I am happy that you notice my efforts. I only hope that people get inspired and my explanation helps them to try the recipe.

Pari Vasisht said...

Siddhi do try and let me know how it turned out.
Asha ji thanks for dropping by and appreciating my recipe.

Thanks Mansi, Sowmya and Shri.

Priya if you have not tried this, just do it girl. You are gonna love making this.

Deepti I am still trying to learn using my hands to make the roti, one day I will surely learn it, else I will surely bother ur Mom to teach me.

Dips I am not sure where u live, here in N.India it's available abundantly now. You surely get canned Mustard greens in Indian grocery stores.
Thanks Sangeetha, do try it.

Unknown said...

Looks too good.

Sushma Mallya said...

Heard a lot abt this famous combo, would love to taste it as looks really great esp the colour of it and must be very delicious as well...thanks for the recipe pari

Kanchan said...

You are soon gonna be vocab, I keep on bugging you with translations of culinary words :P . this time its mustard green, Any idea what we call it in local language , in marathi ? :(
Had read loads of recipes with Mustard green - chard but still confused as to what exactly is this ?

Pari Vasisht said...

Sushma do try this combo, I assure you that u will love it.
Kanchan it is called sarson in hindi and Mohri in marathi. Ask for Mohari chi paan or sarson ke patte/saag. Hope this helps you.

Anu Nandu said...

Hi Pari,

Thank you for stopping by my blog - now I learnt how to keep the palak green from your post.

I love this combination - this is perfect winter food - heavy and yet good. There is a small punjabi place here that is known for this and we go eat there always. I should try it sometime soon!

Spice said...

HEy dear, same as PJ, I too was planning to post this meal but mine pics didn't came out good, though make it every week but taking pics at the dinner time is sometime totally out of mind...Love your platter....I can eat it anytime of the day....

Shanthi Krishnakumar said...

Lovely combo and nice instructions

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear pari
great treatment for a traditional dishm very well presented with photos and essential tops. I love this.
I never tried ghee. This dish is traditionally cooked in Mustard oil and a fresh butter lump is added as a toping.
Next time add 11/2 cup of Bathua sag apart from sarsho and Palak. This a traditional combo as it is just the bathua season.
Koreans eat hell of a lot of raw mustard green during season and also grown in green houses. Normally it is eaten raw with dressings, meat and fish...
Thanks for the detailed info on the benefits of this sag.
Have a nice weekend

Pari Vasisht said...

Dear Ushnish
I disagree to u on this traditionally and to give an authentic flavour it is cooked in ghee. Some people do use mustard oil and am sure it will impart a different flavour.
Spinach or bathua is added only to reduce the pungency or the strong flavour of Mustard. People make this devoid of the spinach or bathua too. Some people also add turnip to their gravy and some add garam masala also but the authentic curry asks for all natural flavours to be kept intact. I have tried to keep my saag close to the authentic version so did not opt for any tomatoes, turnips....Do try this way, it's worth finger licking.
Have a good day.

Indrani said...

Platter looks awesome,, both are authentic recipes....want to make sarson ka saag once, bookmarked your page, thanks for sharing..I love to follow authentic recipes

priya said...

this looks so yummy and tempting!

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Pari
Thank you so much for the information and the details. I did not know .
I don't know much about this dish but learnt a bit when I was in a remote village of Punjab for few months and learnt the way they used to cook..
I eat a lot sarosho ka sag as salad or stir fried or cook with meat too.
I love Bathua the most and cook it as it is.
Most of my cookings ( barring where mustard oil is a must) I use only ghee, which is easy to digest.

Of course I am going to use ghee and your recipe and it is definitely better than the one I cook, where onion, green chili and ginger all added raw, very little oil but lot of white butter added.
You are right tomato and garam masala in a tabu in ths dish.
Have a nice weekend

Pari Vasisht said...

Dear Ushnish da, I have also made the sarson ka saag by the method u have mentioned, using everything raw and we liked that too, trust me if I compare both the versions, I found this better.
In villages some people also roast the onions in the chulha and add it to the saag, that also tastes awesome. But next time I make this I do want to try using mustard oil, I have used normal oil for making this earlier but ghee ki baat kucch aur hai. My neighbour's cook who hails from a village makes saag for her uses a mix of oil and ghee. I guess we have many versions of the saag to try now. :)
You too have a great weekend.

cookeaze said...

This sounds delicious and looks awesome. Wow. Love the photos. Makes me want to have some now and thanks for the input..

Nandinis food said...

Wow! They're freaktastic! Wish I could have them!

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy delicious platter..happy new year

Sunitha said...

Awesome.. looks wonderful.

Unknown said...

Detailed step by step instructions there..I really appreciate u'r effort

s said...

I just love this dish and often request my friends to make it for me....
it looks mouthwatering...

Khaugiri said...

Just toooooo goooood !!!! Perfect for the winter there:)

Lena Jayadev said...

i took 2minutes to pronounce it properly.. :)..this dish is new to me...its great that you gave step by step pictures... :)

Pari Vasisht said...

Thank you cookeaze for dropping by.
Thanks Shama, nandini, lena, preeti,Suneetha,s.
Ramya thanks for appreciating my efforts.

Parita said...

Comfort meal!! i never knew that makai roti has grated radish in it, hmm sounds delicious!!

Katy said...

I really like greens, though I have not eaten mustard greens before. This looks very very good, Pari. I am sure I would like it!

You asked about Grape Nuts on a recipe I had posted. It is an brand of cereal that has been around as long as I can remember. Out of the box, it is hard little nuggets )of wheat)

I can remember my grandmother always having it in her cabinet as she was a bit of a health nut, grins. I don't care for it directly out of the box as the nuggets are uncomfortably hard to chew, and instead cook them with hot milk, or in the case of my recipe in a pudding, where those little nuggets are nicely softened and sweetened.

Thanks for the question!


Renus Kitchen said...

thx for visiting my blog ! now coming to your question regarding corn meal vs cornflour for baking muffins.....The cornflour which I used is I think corn meal,the packet indicates that it is milled from whole yellow corn seeds with all natural ingredients intact- the germ, bran and ensosperm. It is 100% stone ground....I think it is same as makki ka atta we get in India, but it is super fine. You really need fine flour for muffins or else they will have gritty texture. You can grind your cornmeal in a mixer for couple of times to get fine powder. Yes, Applesauce really did a good not only replaces eggs , also fat! I used 1/4 cup oil instead of 1/2 cup and the muffins were super moist.

simplyfood said...

Lovely traditional recipe, a clasic.

Preety said...

you reminded of my hometown..i do prepare saag but never made makki di roti ..

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radha said...

Looks so delicious. Should try it sometime.


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