Review and Preview- Made in Punjab (Sarson Ka Saag n Makki Ki Roti)

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Hello foodie friends. Hope you are all doing good. The moment we start to think the chill is getting less,it comes back with a bang:) Thanks to the rains,the weather is getting colder and nicer and more romanticโ€ฆ. a perfect season for all us food lovers ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you all will agree ๐Ÿ™‚

Foodies what we have on our menu today is mostly everyoneโ€™s favourite. This dish is synonymous with the winters or shall we say that winters are mostly awaited to enjoy this amazing green vegetable ๐Ÿ™‚ it is overwhelming. Does all this sound like a riddle? Well friends that may be because today’s blog is pretty special. Talking of what we have on our menu today,it should have been here long back with the advent of winters. But now we know why we did not put it all this while:)

Friends I can almost imagine that confused look on your faces ๐Ÿ™‚ So let me explain. As I always say that I love it when destiny decides for us and so it happened again. Sakshi and I were in the middle of making lots and lots of dishes to decide the best one to bring to you this republic day when we received an invite from FBAI for their meet in Delhi ๐Ÿ™‚

Many of you must have heard about FBAI or the Food bloggers association of India.ย FBAI is an online News Channel that reports, reviews & disseminates information on F&B products & services, restaurants, chefs and events across India.

In fact we often shared our posts with them which they have been kind enough to share on their page ๐Ÿ™‚ ย That is why I love this whole idea of blogging. It keeps you going, sharing food,and we get a chance occasionally to meet a lot many foodies like us ๐Ÿ™‚ We were so looking forward to it ๐Ÿ™‚ This is what happened ๐Ÿ™‚ The eve could not have been better as I was accompanied by my better half ๐Ÿ˜‰ The meet was at Made In Punjab, a restaurant at cyber hub in Gurgaon. Just close to cyber city is the big office place Cyber Hub which is quite an attraction for not only the office going people but to many around. The place is super packed with good eating joints. We were bit nervous when we entered the place as we did not know anybody there. So we just stood by in the middle observing the ambience. ย We stood there appreciating the choice of place and food options on the menu ๐Ÿ™‚ The ambience was quite fine. It looked just apt for a perfect eve,neither overdone nor too much of bling. What we liked most was that It had a classy feel unlike other Punjabi/north Indian restaurants and the flavours of Punjab were where they really should have been,in the food.The food cooked in an authentic style and tasted pretty good ๐Ÿ™‚ We gazed around contemplating that it would be a really good place for parties and to start our next kitty round ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was just those initial 20 mins when we got to have our own sweet time ๐Ÿ™‚ Beyond that,it was an amazing experience interacting with the like minded people or should I say,food lovers. Most of them were related to food industry in some way or the other. The amazing food and food talks made the evening just perfect. There was bhati paneer , hara bhara kabab, beet root tikka ,bharwan mirch and so much moreโ€ฆmini naan stuffed with gucci was enjoyed most by my better half. From food to drinks,the presentation looked fabulous. Not to forget the super attentive staff. They proved to be good hosts and gave us another big reason to visit the place often ๐Ÿ™‚

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Being a part of the food blogger meet conducted by FBAI was an honour. The eve was well spent with pretty experienced and learned people related to the food industry. Not only this, it ended with the take away of a small token from Made in Punjab, which was awesome. Of all the other things their diary consisted of,there were delicious three recipes ๐Ÿ™‚ One of them being sarson ka saag ๐Ÿ™‚ Thatโ€™s exactly what we have on our menu today ๐Ÿ™‚ We wondered how we missed sharing this one with it being Miss foodies favourite and one of the most relished dishes for winters. Now you know how destiny decided for us one more time ๐Ÿ˜‰

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And what a better day to share it with you all than our very own Republic Day ๐Ÿ™‚ Its our 65th Republic Day on 26th January.This very day India’s constitution came into effect in 1950 ๐Ÿ™‚ This date was chosen as it was the anniversary of Purna Swaraj Day, which was held on January 26, 1930.The constitution gave India’s citizens the power to govern themselves by choosing their own government. Ever since the historic day, January 26 is celebrated with festivities and patriotic fervor across India. We hereby take a chance to salute all those soldiers who selflessly sacrificed their lives to give to us this beautiful freedom and also those who are guarding the borders of our country, putting their own life at stake just to make sure that we are safe. A salute is a very small gesture of gratitude for what these soldiers do and the sacrifices that their families make for the country but it may just give us a sense of satisfaction that we remember the people who are fighting for us so that this freedom prevails.

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So friends enjoy this day with our very own Sarson Ka Saag n Makki Ki Rotiโ€ฆoh myโ€ฆ.truly Indian with Punjabi tadka ๐Ÿ™‚ a dish just cant be mixed in winters J Foodies this is a famous, indigenous recipe from north india that makes the ideal match for makai ki roti!One of the Indian recipe that is a labor of love, time and patience. Sarson is the hindi/punjabi word for mustard and saag means greens. Saag is a punjabi term which means greens. So the english translations is mustard greens.

There is no shortcut method in making sarson ka saag. Sorting the greens, washing them, chopping and then cooking themโ€ฆ blending them and again cooking them is a time intensive method and in todayโ€™s world of curry in a hurry, if you really want to savor the taste of an authentic sarson ka saag, then you do have to invest some time in preparing it.

The sarson ka saag recipe is very easy, it is just the preparation and the method that takes time. Usually, we clean the greens one day before and keep them in the fridge in air tight containers, so half of the work is over. The next day then, it is easy to prepare the saag. After all the cooking and simmering what you get in the end is a creamy, green saag bursting with mellowness & flavors from all the greens, a bowl full of antioxidants and health.

Winter is the time when the mustard and bathua are available in India. Hence during this season, sarson ka saag is always made in the homes and hearths of Northern India, especially in Punjab from where this traditional recipe comes from.

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The sarson ka saag topped with homemade butter and served with makki di roti (flat breads from maize flour) is not only comforting but also warms up the palate as well as the body.This is a winter meal you see, so that extra topping of butter is alright ๐Ÿ™‚ Also the saag is served with an accompaniment of sliced Radish and jaggery.

Friends for tasting their flavours you will have to get to Made in Punjab but for cooking at home we get you straight from Miss Foodies kitchen this amazing winter veggie – Sarson ka saag with makki ki Roti ๐Ÿ™‚

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METHOD

  1. Combine mustard leaves, spinach, green chillies and ginger with 1ยฝ cups of water in a broad pan and cook on medium flame till the greens get cooked and the water dries out. Keep aside to cool.
  2. Blend to a coarse paste in a mixer. Keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil/ ghee in another pan; add the onions and garlic and sautรฉ on a medium flame till the onions turn translucent.
  4. Add tomatoes and cook till the mixture leaves oil.
  5. Add the prepared paste and cook on a medium flame for 5 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  6. Add the maize flour paste, milk and salt and mix well. Simmer for another 5 minutes, while stirring continuously. Serve hot garnished with a dollop of white butter.

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METHOD

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, mix well and knead into a soft dough, using enough water.
  2. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions and roll out each portion into a circle of 6″ diameter, using the flour for rolling.
  3. Heat a tava and cook each roti, using little oil, till golden brown spots appear on both the sides.
  4. Serve with hot ghee and sarson ka saag.

You all will surely enjoy this. Those of you who have never tried this amazing veggie in this form we truly recommend ๐Ÿ™‚ If you are around Delhi or gurgaon then you know the place to find it ๐Ÿ™‚ step in Made In Punjab ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cheers!!!

Sakshi n Parul

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