Indian Saag

Indian Saag


"Indian saag is a curry of cooked mustard or similar 'bitter' greens (kale, collards, turnip greens), and spinach or similar mild greens (chard, bok choy, beet greens). Any combination of greens works! Use more spices and peppers for hot saag, or less for mild."


50 m servings 182 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 182 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 16.2 g
  • 25%
  • Carbs:
  • 7.6g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 4.7 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 41 mg
  • 14%
  • Sodium:
  • 565 mg
  • 23%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large skillet or wok, melt butter over medium-high heat, and cook and stir cumin seed, chile pepper, garlic, and turmeric until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the chopped mustard greens and spinach a little at a time, adding the tougher parts first (the stems and thicker leaves). Continue to add greens, and cook and stir until all greens have been added and all are thoroughly wilted. Stir in the cumin, coriander, and salt. Cover; reduce heat and simmer until greens are tender, about 10 minutes, adding water as needed to keep the greens moist.
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  1. 65 Ratings


Great recipe! One alteration I made on the advice of a local Indian restaurant was to mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of water and add this mixture and stir well once the gree...

Good, but I think i might just use 2 lbs of spinach next time. I think the mustard greens made it more bitter than I would have preferred.

YUM! this is a great saag recipe! It came out great! I used 1lb Spinach, 1/2 lb rainbow chard and 1/2 lb collard greens. This dish stole the show for our Indian Food night. Everyone loved it!...

This saag turned out great. Saag paneer is my favorite dish in Indian restaurants, and this version didn't dissapoint. I used swiss chard that I had in my freezer from my garden this past summer...

I questioned myself every step of the way as I made this, but it turned out phenomenal. I served it over basmati rice with tandoori chicken.

Wonderful recipe! I love saag and this recipe is great with a little bit of greek yogurt mixed in, if you're in a hurry, or some home made paneer! When in a hurry, I just use frozen mustard gr...

I used this recipe and included potatoes, tomatoes, and onions. It was wonderful! The saag has a good spice balance. and was very flavorful.

I made paneer from scratch using the recipe from this site and the dish tasted wonderful :)

Pretty good as far as mustard greens go. My husband really enjoyed it too, which was surprising for me. :)