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Recipe by Route 79


Tonight - being a Saturday night - Ms.79 and I decided to cook a simple but delicious dinner for ourselves: simply saag. A simple, uncomplicated, wholesome and very fulfilling Punjabi dish that we try to make a tradition of cooking every Saturday morning - to eat on Saturday night. Wonderfully simple - very nutritious and extremely delicious! And here follows the recipe:




Chopped-up greens and spicach leaves cooking for about 60 mins
Zap in short bursts
If you zap in long bursts it will male a load of mess in the kitchen
Two heaped spoons of polenta
Stir in the polenta mixture until cooked
Cutting off a knob
Stiring the butter in until it melts
Simmer for another half-hour and give it a stir every few mins
it's been going for 1.5 hours now and should be at the thinkness that you prefer
Finely chopped onions frying until goldeny-brown
Add the pre-pulped garlic,ginger and chiliw and stir fry for a few mins
Adding the spices
Cooking out the onion/spice mixture
Adding the "tarka" mixture to the saag
Stiring it in thoroughly - no heat
Ok - It's done now
Serve with warm roti and a side salad and a glass of red
  1. Wash all the leaves in your kitchen sink - and then chop them up in batches into coarse ribbons on a chopping board.
  2. Dump the chopped-up leaves into a large-ish pan one-third full of boiling water on the stove.
  3. Boil the leaves for about 45 minutes on a semi-agressive simmer
  4. After about 45 mins of semi-agressive simmering - use a magi-mix blender to “zap” the mixture in 5 or six very-short bursts in order to break-down the coarse, stewing ribbons of leaf into more finely shredded bits:
  5. After another 20 minutes of simmering - give the mixture a good stir -
  6. Put two heaped dessert-spoons of maize-flour (polenta/cornmeal) into a glass and then add some water from the tap. Give it a good stir - ensuring that there are no lumps - and then add to the simmering saag mixture.
  7. Let it simmer for a few minutes - and then chop a generous knob of butter and add to the pot - stirring until melted.
  8. You will especially enjoy the fact that at this point - the saag is not simmering as such - instead large bubbles start to form just below the surface of the mixture - and erupt like mini-volcanoes - making a gloopy sound - and splattering your kitchen in a 2 metre radius around the pot. So make sure that you keep a lid handy - just haf-covering the pot so that some of the water evaporates and thickens the mixture.
  9. Simmer like this gently for another half-hour - stirring occasionally - and then turn off the heat after it has reached your desired consistency.
  10. Then get another small pot - put in a little oil - heat up and then add onions. Fry until the onions are slightly golden-brown.
  11. Then add the ginger, garlic and chillie. Stir-fry for a few minutes until the smell of it all spreads across the kitchen.
  12. Then add the spices to the browned onions: 2 teaspoons salt, 3 teaspoons turmeric, 3 teaspons garam masala, two teaspoons ground coriander. By now - the special aroma will be wafting its way out of your kitchen and into your garden - and from there - onwards into the kitchens of your next door neighbours. They will be envious.
  13. Then add the onion-spice mixture to the saag pot - and stir until well mixed:
  14. Then - when you are ready to eat - heat-up the completed saag until it’s just about to boil - serve into a bowl and accompany with either fresh roti - or naan bread (or pitta bread) and a fresh salad of chopped cucumber, halves of cherry tomato, chunky strips of carrot, halves of small radish, and chunkily-chopped red-Onion - all tossed in a few dashes of tangy vinegar. Simply delicious!
  15. If there’s any saag remaining in the pot - just put it away into a microwaveable container with a lid - and store in your fridge. It will keep for around 2 days. Just take out of fridge at any time and put container in microwave for a few minutes of reheat - stirring and reheating until piping hot. You can even store in freezer - and will keep for weeks like that. Just make sure you defrost for a few hours before attempting to reheat in microwave.

You could also try making “aloo saag” or “paneer saag” with the leftovers: in either case you simply get some cubes of Potato or paneer and fry them until golden brown - perhaps adding some more masala spice and salt to the frying cubes - and then stir them into the saag and serve piping hot.

Recipe by Route 79

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