Winter means a lot of healthy vegetables in the local market, picnic, enjoying every sip of a cup of hot tea/coffee, partying & people in a festive mood. You will also see local vegetable vendors are selling many leafy vegetables too. These are spinach leaves (palak), mustard greens (sarso saag), Chenopodium album leaves (bathua) etc. Nowadays lettuce leaves also became very popular in India. If you are living in the city then you can easily buy lettuce leaves from the local market. On the other hand, spinach is a very popular leafy vegetable across the globe whereas lettuce is not so popular in India but it is popular in various other parts of the world. Mustard greens, radish leaves etc are also popular in various parts of the country. But did you ever try winter special those super 5 leafy vegetables curry (mixed saag)?
This mixed saag is not just a healthy dish but also super delicious. If you have tried Punjabi style sarso ka sag and liked that then you will definitely this also.
Sarso saag is a popular vegetable in Northern Indian states. Many people cook this leafy vegetable in different ways. But if you try it this way then you will definitely try it again. This year I grew a few mustard plants in pots. Those are not enough to make Punjabi style sarso saag for 3 people. So I thought I should harvest those leaves to make mixed leaves because I have grown a few other leafy vegetables in my garden and radish leaves were already in our refrigerator.
I also harvested a bunch of spinach leaves from the rooftop garden. I decided to remove spinach plants from those plants and grow more lettuce plants in those pots because I have already sowed a lot of spinach seeds in our yard garden and those seeds were already germinated. But still, I harvested only leaves instead of uprooting those plants.
I did not plant those bathua plants but I do not know how there were a few bathua plants in our yard garden. It might be due to a few seeds came from somewhere and automatically those were germinated without any care. But it helped me to harvest and add bathua leaves to my super 5 leafy vegetables curry (yummy mixed saag). But in case you do not have bathua leaves then you can add any other leafy vegetable of your choice.
Super 5 leafy vegetables curry recipe
- 1 cup chopped mustard greens (sarso saag)
- 1 cup chopped spinach leaves (palak saag)
- ½ cup chopped Chenopodium album (bathua saag)
- 1 cup chopped lettuce leaves (or anything else of your choice)
- ½ cup chopped radish greens (or anything else of your choice)
- 1.5 inch radish
- 1 medium size potato
- 2-3 green chillies
- 1.5 teaspoons ginger (adrak) paste
- 1 teaspoon garlic (lahsun) paste
- 1 big size onion (pyaz)
- 1 big size tomato (tamatar)
- 1.5 teaspoons cumin powder (jeera)
- 2 teaspoons coriander powder (dhania)
- ½ teaspoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
- Salt as needed
- 1.5 tablespoons refined vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons butter/ghee
- Water as needed
- Wash & clean leafy vegetables properly and cut into small pieces
- Now add all those chopped leafy vegetables, potato, radish and green chillies to a pressure cooker, pour water to just boil those vegetable but avoid to add extra water because it is a dry curry
- Cook till next 4-5 whistles and then mash all boiled vegetables with a manual masher
- Heat oil in a cooking pot and add ginger & garlic paste
- Now add finely chopped onion and then tomato and stir to fry properly
- Once tomato becomes soft then add cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, red chilli powder & salt
- Now mix all till the nice aroma of all spices comes out
- Pour one tablespoon of water and allow it start boiling and then stir to make thick consistent gravy
- Now pour all boiled vegetables and cook with all spices till it is almost dried up
- Stir frequently otherwise it would be sticky at bottom
- Now add ghee/butter and mix
- Now switch off fire and serve with roti/naan/paratha
How to make mixed saag at home?
Boil all 5 leafy vegetables (mustard greens, spinach leaves, bathua, lettuce and radish greens) and a small piece of radish, one potato and green chillies in a pressure cooker till 4-5 whistles. Now mash those boiled vegetables with a manual masher.
Let’s prepare spices of this super 5 leafy vegetables curry (mixed saag). Heat refined oil in a kadai and add ginger garlic paste, chopped onion, chopped tomato, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, red chilli powder & salt one by one. Cook properly all ingredients till you can smell a nice aroma of all mixed spices. Now add one or two tablespoons of water and boil till you get thick & consistent gravy.
Then pour boiled & mashed vegetables and stir after every 20 seconds till it is almost dried up. Add ghee/butter and mix. You have done it. So switch off the fire and serve.