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Mustard Greens Curry Flavor In Sikh Kitchen

Tejwant Singh

Jun 30, 2004
Henderson, NV.
Mustard greens curry flavor in Sikh kitchen

By Laura van der Meer

Using a giant cooking pot, Partap Singh, the main cook at the Tierra Buena Sikh Temple, can make a thousand or more servings of sarson ka saag, a vegetarian curry made with mustard greens.

“A lot of people admire his cooking,” Tejinder Singh Dosanjh, one of the directors at the temple, said of Singh’s culinary works. “He can make 10 different dishes in the time it takes to make the saag. It takes time.”

Singh has worked inside the temple’s kitchen for 13 years. When preparing the time-heavy saag at the temple kitchen, he uses an industrial-sized, hand-held food processor to blend the ingredients.

When it gets time to add the corn flour to the mix to thicken it, Dosanjh suggests sprinkling it on top, slowly, rather than adding it all at once.

“Once it gets cooked in, make it more tasty by adding garlic, ginger, onion, salt and pepper and chili,” Dosanjh said.

Singh said that part of the cooking process – adding spices at the end – is the secret to making the saag taste good.

Dosanjh also suggests making saag more flavorful by adding spinach or broccoli. The Indian tradition is to serve the saag with butter, he said.

“The mustard has iron in it; it’s good for health,” Dosanjh said.

Karin Vastola of Yuba City is a friend of the temple and said she comes to the gurdwara to meditate and to eat. Saag made in the temple kitchen is among her favorite dishes.

“To me, it nourishes the soul. I eat it all day long. It has its very own distinct flavor,” Vastola said.

Sunita Nakhwal, owner of Punjab Bazaar in Yuba City, said there are different varieties of mustard greens – including Indian and Asian – but that any kind can be used to make saag.

Dosanjh said most saag dishes are made with Indian mustard, also called Desi mustard, and reccomends using the stems from the mustard greens for the dish. However, he said, saag shouldn’t be made with wild mustard because it leaves a bitter taste.

“You want to make sure the plants are tender,” Dosanjh said.

The dish is typically served with makki ki roti, a Punjabi flatbread made with corn flour.

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Dec 3, 2011
Lovely !!!!!!!!!
I must say that sarronh da saag is best eaten with some real chunky 'makhan' (butter), maaki di roti and a fresh green mirch (chilli) if you want to get that extra spicy edge.....yumh...:icecreamkudi::interestedmunda: