mustard leaves
Last Updated : Apr 21,2021


What is mustard leaves, sarson ke patte, sarson ki bhaji, sarson ka saag? Glossary | Benefits, Uses, Recipes with mustard leaves, sarson ke patte, sarson ki bhaji, sarson ka saag |
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Sarson ki bhaji, Sarson ke Patte

What is mustard leaves, sarson ke patte, sarson ki bhaji?


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, sarson ke patte, sarson ki bhaji


Choose bright and crisp dark-green leaves free from blemishes. Avoid sunken, spotted, or discoloured leaves.

Culinary Uses of mustard leaves, sarson ke patte, sarson ki bhaji in Indian Cooking

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, sarson ke patte, sarson ki bhaji

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, sarson ke patte, sarson ki bhaji

Mustard greens, like spinach, are the storehouse of many phyto-nutrients that have health promotional and disease prevention properties. Mustards leaves are very low in calories and fats. However, its dark-green leaves contain a very good amount of fiber that helps control cholesterol levels. The mustard greens have the highest Vitamin K among leafy vegetables. Fresh leaves are also a very good source of folic acid. 100 gm of chopped mustard leaves gives 187 mcg of folic acid. Fresh mustard leaves are an excellent source of vitamin-C too. A cup of chopped leaves will fulfil about 80% of day’s requirement of vitamin C. Mustard leaves are also incredible sources of vitamin-A. Good amounts of vitamin A ensures a healthy vision and delay in macular degeneration and cataract. Being high in potassium and low on sodium count, these greens also suit hypertensives. All they need to keep a watch is addition of salt in making any recipe using sarson. 




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