Friday, June 22, 2012

Sarson ka Saag / Makki ki Roti

Following my earlier post on" How to clean saag" here comes another post in " Mom's Special" series, Saag & makki ki roti which is a very famous North Indian main course. Accompanied with some home made butter & buttermilk -it happens to be one of my most fav's . So without further ado let's get on to the recipe.

Ingredients for Saag:
1-2 bunches of saag/ broccoli rabe
1 tomato
1" piece of ginger
2-3 green chillies
salt & turmeric powder
2 tablespoons of makki ka atta ( yellow corn flour) or besan( gramflour)
1/2 cup water

For the tempering : 
2 tablespoons of oil
2 onions chopped
3 tomatoes finely diced
2-3 " piece of ginger
7-8 green chillies
5-6 garlic pods finely chopped
2-3  whole red chillies
1 tsp methi seeds
pinch of hing / asafoetida powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala


Transfer the chopped & washed saag to a pressure cooker. Add a tomato, 1" piece of  ginger, 2-3 green chillies , salt & turmeric powder & give it upto 2 pressures. Let it cool , then give it a quick pulse in the blender / make sure not to pulse it to a paste, should be a little coarse. Transfer  it back to the pressure cooker or another deep dish , dilute 2 tablespoons of makki ka atta or besan in 1/2 cup of water & add to the saag mix. This really helps in making the saag oooeey goooey & also takes away the sourness of the saag . Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the flame & let it simmer on low heat for about 1/2 an hour.
Keep stirring in between &  be very careful while stirring as the mixture tends to splutter a lot. I generally cover the dish with a lid while the saag is simmering & then just open to stir & cover again.
Meanwhile prepare the tempering : heat oil in a pan & add the methi seeds  & red chillies- let them brown. Now add onions, ginger, garlic & green chillies & saute everything until the onions are perfectly brown, add hing & coriander powder & stir, now add tomatoes & stir till the tomatoes  are  perfectly cooked, add garam masala & add this temper to the simmering saag. Let the saag simmer for another 10 mins & it is ready to eat. Serve topped with desi ghee( clarified butter ) or home made fresh butter accompanied by makki ki roti. 

For the Makki ki Roti:

2 cups of yellow corn flour ( will make about 8 roti's) 
 Lukewarm water as required for kneading the dough
Oil for frying
Transfer corn flour to a wide dish ( I generally use the steel parat for kneading the dough)
Start adding water & knead the dough. In the beginning  it seems to be very crumbly but adding water & kneading it continuously will make it very soft & pliable. I genrally knead it in batches & each batch for atleast 5-6 minutes  ( just like bread dough) & the dough becomes very soft & easy to handle. Pinch tangerine size balls from the dough, sprinkle some corn flour on the rolling board , place the ball of dough on it & start rolling it with your hands in clockwise motion. I know it takes some practice but this is the only way I have learnt to make it from my mom. Transfer the rolled roti to a hot tawa or skillet & fry from both sides . I generally fry them just like we would do for parathas. Yummy roti is ready , enjoy with saag & don't forget to have it some jaggery & desi ghee as well.



  1. Sarson da saag te makki di its been ages i had it..i m craving for this looks so delicious n tempting..uff i need a bite of it plzzz..

  2. Very neat presentation and an awesome meal combo

  3. i feel hungry .can not resist myself to see my most fav dish .delicious tempting

  4. you makki di roti came out very well. saag looks really delicious.

  5. Perfectly made makki ki roti and sarson ka saag,feel like grabbing it..Nice and neat presentation..clicks are awesome as always.

  6. Wat an authentic dish, well done Alpana, lovely combo.

  7. Delicious looking combo. Count me as one of your fans as you have prepared one of my favourite dish so wonderfully.

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  8. WOW!!! The makki ki roti has come out so perfectly!!! And the saag looks so yum!!! Great presentation and photography as usual :)

  9. The mere mention of this delicious combination makes me drool. Your saag as well as rotis look perfect.

  10. Lovely Roti, Saag! Looks really tempting..

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  11. looks lovely and delicious...mouthwatering!

  12. Delicious and mouthwatering combo, perfectly made n nice presentation too...


  13. Lots of great looking dishes here! I can't keep up with all the dishes I want to make...there's always so many good ones :)
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  14. saag is my fav too combo with sarso ka saag and makke ki roti i love this recipe. will try for sure. thankyou for shearing !chowringhee satyaniketanr