As they say:
Mungfali de Khusbu, de Goorh de Mithhas,
Makki di Roti te Sarsaon da Saag!
Di Khusi te Aapnaya Pyaar,
Mubarak ho Tanoo
Lohri de Tewhar!
Lohri is one of the festivals I respect from the core of my heart! Celebrated mainly by the Punjabi community, Lohri is a festival to celebrate Girl Child and their existence! I am a mother of a girl child and for me my little one is nothing but priceless….I was determined that this year there should be a Lohri special recipe in my blog but failed to post it on the day of Lohri as I was busy with the makeover of the blog yesterday but better late than never…. And here is my Lohri as well as winter special “Makke di Roti te Sarson da Saag”!
I personally love to have Sarson ka Saag especially in Gurgaon’s freezing weather. This is one of the popular foods prepared during the winter in North India. It’s really easy to prepare this traditional Dish with Mustard leaves which is served mainly with flat bread prepared with Corn meal (not cornflour!) known as Makki ki Roti.
- Fresh Mustard Leaves: 1 bunch
- Fresh Spinach: ½ bunches
- Onion: 2 (roughly chopped)
- Ginger Paste: ½ Tsp.
- Garlic Paste: 1 Tsp.
- Green Chilies: 5-6 (chopped)
- Cornmeal: 2 Tbsp.
- Ghee/ Clarified Butter: 2 Tbsp.
- Salt to taste
- Corn-meal: 3 Cup (300 g).
- Jowan/ Ajwain/ Carom Seed: ½ Tsp.
- Ghee/ Clarified Butter for frying
- Salt to taste
- Though the name of the dish is Sarson ka Saag but Spinach is also another important ingredient used in this recipe. In fact some people prefer to add Bathua Leave to their Sarson ka Saag. The ration for Mustard leaves and Spinach is 2:1 which means for 1 bunch of Mustard leave you need to add ½ bunch of Spinach and if you wish to add Bathua then add ½ bunch of Bathua in addition to Mustard leaves and Spinach. I don't like Bathua and that’s why prepared my Saag without Bathua.
- Wash both Mustered leaves and Spinach under running water at least 7-8 times.
- Now roughly chop both the veggie and take those in a large bowl and add sufficient water to cover the leaves and start boiling it in medium flame for around 8-10 minutes.
- Don’t cover the bowl with any lid while boiling the veggies if you wish to sustain the lovely green colour and that’s why I don’t pressure cook veggies while preparing Sarson ka Saag or Palak Paneer! You will get a pale green colour if a lid is used while boiling the leaves! I don’t like to follow any shortcut while preparing Sarson ka Saag!
- Drain the water and make a smooth paste of the leaves.
- Now take half of the Ghee in a thick bottom pan and heat it properly.
- Add chopped onions and fry for around 3-4 minutes in medium flame and add both Ginger and Garlic paste to the onion.
- Sauté’ for around 2 minutes and add salt to the mixture.
- Now it’s time to add the Saag paste to the mixture.
- After adding the Saag pastes adds chopped Green Chillies and mix it well.
- Now add 2 Tbsp. of Cornmeal to the mixture and sauté for 2 more minutes.
- Check the salt and if required adjust it now.
- Don't cover the bowl and cook in low flame for around 15-20 minutes.
- Add rest of the Ghee and switch the flame off.
- I don't like to add any spice like cumin powder or Garam Masala Powder to my Sarson ka Saag.
- Take Cornmeal in a bowl and add Carom Seed and salt to it and mix using your hands.
- Now add little warm water and start kneading it.
- It took me 1.5 Cup of warm water to prepare a tight dough.
- Cover the dough with a wet cloth and leave it for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes knead the dough again for 5 more minutes.
- Make 8-10 Balls out of the dough.
- It’s a bit tricky to roll the Makki Dough! Traditionally Makki ki Roti is prepared by pressing the dough but not using a rolling pin.
- If you’ll not be able to prepare flat bread using your hand then take two pieces of cling film and place the dough ball within and using a rolling pin roll a medium size Roti/ Flat Bread.
- Now start roasting Roti using a Tawa or Flat Frying Pan in high flame. Don't reduce the flame while making Makki Di Roti!
- Add ½ Tsp. of Ghee to each Roti while Roasting! For the authentic flavour there’s no less calorie version available!
- Serve Makki ki Roti with Sarson ka Saag and believe me the taste is heavenly!