Thursday, 29 November 2018

Sarson aur Bathua ka saag

Hello friends,
Lets also say hello to winters.
Yesterday, by chance I happened to meet my earlier bhajjiwalla who had a stall in my lane but now operates from a cycle. He handed me his visiting card, now bring you fresh vegetables to your doorstep. I picked up Sarson and Bathua, both winter leafy vegetables. I am making a saag with it today.



Most of Indians would have heard of Sarson or palak,  but not many would be aware of Bathua (it’s botanical name is Chenopodium album, in Europe they call it  goosefoot or pigweed).



The two are mixed together with a few methi leaves and cooked  with desi ghee or butter. They have a strong aroma and naturally strong flavours. Check out the ingredients.


Ingredients



1 Bunch Sarson (Mustard)
1 Bunch Bathua (Chenopodium album)
Handful of Methi (Fenugreek) leaves
1 large Onion
3 pureed Tomatoes
4 cloves of Garlic
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste.
2 -3 Fresh Green Chillis
2 tbsp Mustard oil
Desi ghee or fresh butter
1 tsp cumin seeds
Salt to taste

Method


1. Wash and roughly chop both the bathua and sarson leaves.


2. Add two green chillies, the ginger garlic paste and half a cup of water.  Close the cooker lid and pressure cooker this for 2 to 3 whistles.


3. Now coarsely grind it in a blender. Do not liquify! Dont throw away the water, it can be added to the last cooking stage.

4. Chop the onion and garlic.

5. Heat the mustard oil in the kadai and add cumin seeds and cook till seeds start to splutter.

6. Now add the onion and garlic. Saute till golden brown.

7.Coarsely grind the tomatoes too, in the mixer.

8. Now add the tomatoes and mix till the oil separates.

9. Add ground greens and mix well. Add salt to taste.

10. Now make bajra  or makai ki roti.

Note - You can add a little bit of garam masala to enhance the flavours. However the greens have strong pungent flavours. Enjoy the natural taste of it.



But the best part of this dish is when you have it with homemade fresh white butter. Here is the part where Talegaon made this is more enjoyable experience. They sent their bottle of fresh ghee and newly launched white butter. It was a waah waah moment.

Talegaon farms


Now enjoy the chilly winters but not without cooking up easy tasty dishes for your family.

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