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Mustard Greens / Sarso Da Saag - Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker

Jyoti Behrani
Sarson Da Saag or Mustard Greens is a highly nutritious recipe from Indian/Punjabi Cuisine. Green leafy vegetables, tempered with onion, garlic and some Indian spices, is a winter staple in Northern India.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course entrees, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 -8


To be pressure cooked:

  • 1 bunch mustard greens, stems finely chopped, leaves roughly chopped (around 12 oz)
  • 1 bunch spinach, chopped (around 8 oz)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (around 1/2 cup)
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 green chili, chopped (as per taste)
  • 1 cup water
  • salt to taste

Other Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP maize flour/ makki ka atta

For tempering:

Optional ingredients:


Instructions for Instant Pot Cooking:

  • Turn on Instant Pot. In the inner pot of IP, add chopped mustard greens - stems, mustard greens - leaves, chopped spinach, onion, ginger, garlic, green chili, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt to taste, and water. Close the Instant Pot.
  • Turn on Instant Pot to manual / pressure cook mode (high) for "0" minutes, vent sealed.
    Note: "zero" minutes is not a typo.
  • When Instant Pot beeps, quickly release pressure. Open the IP lid.
  • (Optional) Using a hand blender or immersion blender, pulse the greens few times, until desired consistency. You can puree the greens as well.
  • Turn on saute mode (high), add maize flour, mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Prepare the tempering on a stove top. On a medium-high heat, in a sauce pan, add oil+ghee. When oil is hot, add cumin seeds, asafoetida, garlic, onion. Saute until light brown in color, around 2-3 minutes. Turn off heat. Add red chili powder, pour this tempering over greens.
  • Add garam masala, some lemon juice. Mix well. Turn off Instant Pot.
  • Sarson da saag or mustard greens is ready to be served. Enjoy!!


  1. HOW TO CLEAN AND PREP SARSON (MUSTARD GREENS) - please refer to the post earlier.
  2. Garam masala is optional, but it adds a nice flavor to saag.
  3. Lemon Juice adds refreshing flavor to this dish.
  4.  TIPS FOR BEST SARSON DA SAAG (MUSTARD GREENS) - please refer to the post earlier.
  5. HOW TO SERVE SARSON DA SAAG (MUSTARD GREENS) - please refer to the post earlier.
  6. HOW TO STORE AND FREEZE SARSON DA SAAG (MUSTARD GREENS)- please refer to the post earlier.
  7. CAN I USE FROZEN GREENS - absolutely, follow the same recipe. However, you may have to add couple of minutes of extra cooking time for frozen greens. Alternatively, you could thaw the greens first and then use it the recipe, works just fine. 
  8. INSTRUCTIONS FOR STOVE TOP PRESSURE COOKER - follow the same instructions as discussed in the recipe. After the first whistle, turn off the heat. Followed by a quick release pressure manually. Open the pressure cooker lid. Rest of the steps remain the same as Instant Pot.
  9. Traditionally, sarson da saag or mustard greens is served with makki di roti, but it goes well with any Indian bread - roti, paratha, naan or  Jowar Bhakri / Sorghum flour flatbread . I also like to serve some  Bharwa Bhindi  (Stuffed Okra) as a side dish.
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