mustard leaves
Last Updated : Dec 23,2019

What is Mustard Leaves? Glossary, Benefits + Recipes with Mustard Leaves
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Also Known as
Sarson ki bhaji/ sarson ka saag

What is Mustard Leaves?

Fresh mustard leaves feature dark green coloured broad leaves with flat surface and may have either toothed, frilled or lacy edges. These Mustard leaves are available in Northern India during winter only and famously used in the Punjabi Sarsoon ka Saag recipe.   They have a peppery flavour mostly used in North Indian cuisine. Cooked, they taste a lot like spinach, but with more body.

Chopped mustard leaves
Mustard leaves should be washed very well since the leaves and stems tend to collect sand and soil. Before washing, trim off the roots.
Put the washed and drained mustard leaves on a chopping board and chop them finely or coarsely as per the recipe requirement.

How to select Mustard Leaves
Choose bright and crisp dar-green leaves free from blemishes. Avoid sunken, spotted, or discoloured leaves.

Culinary Uses of Mustard Leaves
. Mustard leaves are used to make the famous Punjabi delicacy Sarsoon ka Saag.  It is very popularly chopped finely, boiled and cooked along with other greens like spinach and methi.  Fresh tender mustard greens are eaten raw either as salad or as juice
. Its pungent, peppery flavour is somewhat tamed by adding butter, tomato, garlic and onion to the recipes.

How to Store Mustard Leaves
The leaves wilt soon if kept at room temperature; therefore, should be stored inside the refrigerator immediately. Although they can be stored for up to three days in the cold storage, fresh mustard greens should be used as soon as early as possible to get maximum nutrition.

Health Benefits of Mustard Leaves
1. Mustard greens, like spinach, are the storehouse of many phyto-nutrients that have health promotional and disease prevention properties.
2. Mustards are very low in calories and fats. However, its dark-green leaves contain a very good amount of fiber that helps control cholesterol level by interfering with its absorption in the gut.
3. The greens are supposed to be one of the highest among leafy vegetables, which provide vitamin K.
4. Fresh leaves are also a very good source of folic acid.
5. Mustard greens are rich source of anti-oxidants flavonoids, indoles, sulforaphane, carotenes, lutein and zea-xanthin.
6. Fresh mustard leaves are an excellent source of vitamin-C.
7. Mustard leaves are also incredible sources of vitamin-A
8. Fresh mustard greens are an excellent source of several essential minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, selenium, and manganese.

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