|Place of origin||Northern Indian subcontinent|
|Associated cuisine||Pakistan India |
|Main ingredients||Mustard leaves|
Sarson ka saag is a dish of mustard greens cooked with spices. It originated in the north of the Indian subcontinent and is popular throughout the region.
The dish is known as Sarson ka saag in Hindi, Sarson da saag in Punjabi, Sareyan Da Saag in Dogri, Sarsav nu shaak in Gujarati, Sariso Saag in Maithili.
Sarson, Sareyan, Sarsav & Sariso derive from the Sanskrit word Sarśapa meaning mustard. Saag/shaak derives from the Sanskrit Śāka meaning greens or vegetable leaves.
Mustard is widely grown in the region for the plant's leaves, seeds and seed oil. It is harvested in winter and spring, making sarson ka saag a popular warming dish in the cooler months.
There are many recipes for the dish, usually cooking the leaves in oil or clarified butter (ghee) with spices such as garlic, ginger and chilli. Other spices used vary according to region and taste.
The dish is often served with bread such as Makki ki roti or Bajra ki roti.
..Dogra cuisine such as Pathores, Makki ki Roti and Sarson ka Saag, Keurs...
Himachali specialities include Siddu....Makki ki Roti & Sarson Ka Saag
Some locally available green vegetables in Haryana are Channa Saag, Sarson Saag, Bathua in winter...
Winter vegetables of Gurgaon (Haryana) include a wide range of vegetables such as (a) root crops like radish, turnip, carrot; (b) leafy cole crops, like palak, methi and sarson ka saag
Sarson ka Saag te Makki ki Roti is a signature delicacy of Punjab.
...traditional Punjabi delicacy of Makki Di Roti and Sarson Da Saag...
Another well-known Punjabi dish is mustard greens, sarson ka saag, served with corn bread (makki ki roti) on special occasions.... An authentic version could use as much as a cup of butter! Sarson Ka Saag (Punjabi-style Greens)
Makki ki Roti, Sarson da Saag and white butter gives you the real flavor of Punjab.
Punjabi cuisine has become world-leader in the field.... "Sarso ka saag" and "makki di roti" are examples of well-known and very famous dishes.
p. 40: "They could recall regional fares, e.g., in Punjab the 'Makki Ki Roti' and 'Sarson Ka Saag' is world famous food." p. 216: "But it is quite interesting to note that the local food of Punjab, which is famous around the world viz., 'Makki Ki Roti' and 'Sarson Ka Saag' ...." p. 258: "Makki Ki Roti and Sarson Ka Saag is a world famous dish of Punjab...."
No meal within the Maithil community is considered complete without the inclusion of leafy dishes known as saag. Our cuisine is an ode to saag: bathua, laal saag, patua saag, genhari, karmi, sariso saag.
Mustard is cultivated extensively in north India.
In the winter months in Punjab, a richly spiced puree of mustard greens is eaten, accompanied with roti made of ground maize and a knob of fresh, soft, crumbly gur. The classic combination is called sarson ka saag and makki ki roti. Mustard has been grown in Punjab for millennia and its oil-rich seed is an important commercial crop.