Sarsoon ka Saag is a quintessential Punjabi dish, usually paired up with the yummy makki di roti, eaten during winter evenings, when it is cold! Ah, the joys of makki di roti and sarsoon ka saag!
I finally found sarsoon (mustard leaves) in Bangalore and the person to find it for me was my treasured maid. She found it at a shop near her house and kindly brought it for me. She even refused to take money for these leaves saying ‘ Didi you wanted to eat them so I bought them specially for you’. God bless such people! And the leaves that she brought were so fresh, that really made my day. So yesterday’s dinner was without a doubt Sarsoon ka saag and makki di roti – a delight for every Punjabi.
It is amazing how the Sarsoon ka saag recipe has stayed in my mind for years from what I have eaten as a kid. I remember mom making them every time they were in season during winters, and we all would love having them with makki di roti. It is a very Punjabi thing, isn’t it? And has definitely been made popular in the Hindi movies! Like every north Indian village and small town character would crave for Sarsoon ka saag and makki di roti and talk about maa ke haath ka khana and all that!
I think this is a very easy way to incorporate some greens into your body. Sarsoon ka saag is supposed to be very good for the heart, apparently help in weight loss and detoxifies the body. It is known to be very healthy and really rich in antioxidants, which means that it helps in slowing down the aging process. And when it is paired with makki di roti, it means that it helps keep the cold away during the cold winter months in the North!
I love this combination and bet, no one can resist it really!