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%bengali lal shak bhaja recipe debjanir rannaghar

Laal Shag Bhaja | Stir-fried Red Amaranth Leaves

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Lal Shak Bhaja is a tasty Saag dish that is simple to make. It is a stir-fry that is cooked with Red Amaranth (also known as Laal Saag), Peanuts, and Posto dana.


  • 350g Lal/ Shak/ Laal Shag/ Red Amaranth Leaves / Red Spinach (1 Bunch)
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Posto dana /Poppyseed
  • 20g Peanut (handful)
  • 2 Dry Red Chili
  • 3-4 Garlic Clove
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Mustard Oil


  1. Wash Laal Shag thoroughly under running water. 
  2. Chop the leaves roughly.
  3. Take Shag in a microvan safe bowl and cook it for 1 minute in High.  If not available with a Microwave oven, then just put Shag in a bowl of boiled water for 5 minutes and drain the water completely after that and use it. This is completely optional if you are sure the Saag is good to use. 
  4. Take Oil in a deep bottom pan and heat properly.
  5. Fry Whole Peanuts for 2 minutes in medium flame and strain from the oil.
  6. Temper remaining Oil with dried Red Chili and Poppy Seed and cook on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  7. Add freshly crushed Garlic and give the tempering a thorough mix.
  8. Now add chopped Red Amaranth to the tempering.
  9. At this point add salt and fried Peanuts too.
  10. Give the Shag a proper mix using a spatula.
  11. You will see water coming from the Shag after 1-2 minutes.
  12. Now cover the pan with a lid and cook on low flame for 3-4 minutes.
  13. Cook till the water evaporated completely.
  14. Open the lid and stir continuously for 2 more minutes or till the Shag dried completely.
  15. Take stir-fried Laal Shag Bhaja out in a bowl and serve hot with steamed rice.

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  • I prefer to wash Laal Saag 3-4 times before cooking.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Bengali


  • Serving Size: 50g
  • Calories: 134
  • Sugar: 1.7g
  • Sodium: 674mg
  • Fat: 11.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.1g
  • Fiber: 2.4g
  • Protein: 3.9g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
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