Instant Pot Saag

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You can make this rich, buttery saag in no time at all. Instant Pot saag is my favorite way to eat my greens. This recipe for saag quick and easy to make. It’s so delicious that you might even forget this dish is good for you. 😉

Saag made in an Instant Pot - recipe by MyHeartBeets.com

What’s better than some creamy, dreamy Saag? Saag made in an INSTANT. Like, in an Instant Pot.

What is Saag?

I like to describe saag as the Indian version of creamed spinach; only the creaminess comes from the ghee. Saag translates to “pureed greens,” so you can essentially use any green vegetable to make saag. It’s a good clean out the fridge dish – you can use kale, spinach, brussels sprouts. If you’d like, go through the comments on this post to see what blog readers have used in their saag.

To make authentic Punjabi saag, you will want to use a combination of mustard greens (“sarson”) and spinach (“palak”). I prefer to use equal parts of spinach and mustard greens to make my saag. This is the version of saag that I grew up eating, and it’s the one that I prefer, but if you can’t find mustard greens, don’t worry, spinach will work just fine too. An all spinach saag will have a thinner consistency, though.  

I know this is probably more than you cared to know about saag, but it’s a subject I’m pretty passionate about. If I’m being honest, I’m basically passionate about all things food-related. If I’m being REALLY honest, I’m more passionate about eating food than I am cooking. That’s probably the reason I’m in love with my Instant Pot – because I get to spend more time eating and less time cooking.

You can always add cooked meat or paneer to saag if you want – stir it in! And make sure to always top your bowl with extra ghee!

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Instant Pot Saag

Saag made in an Instant Pot - recipe by MyHeartBeets.com

Instant Pot Saag

I like to describe saag as the Indian version of creamed spinach, only the creaminess comes from the ghee. Saag translates to “pureed greens” so you can essentially use any green vegetable to make saag. To make authentic Punjabi saag, you will want to use a combination of mustard greens and spinach. This is the version of saag that I grew up eating and it’s the one that I prefer, but if you can’t find mustard greens, don’t worry, spinach will work just fine too. An all spinach saag will have a thinner consistency though. Once the saag is done, you can add cooked meat or paneer to the dish if you want. Just make sure to always top your bowl with extra ghee!
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Ingredients
 

  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 2 onions diced
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger

Spices

Instructions
 

  • Press the “saute” button on the Instant Pot and add the ghee. Once it melts, add the onion, garlic, ginger and spices to the pot and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the spinach, stirring until it wilts and there’s enough room to add the mustard greens.
  • Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 15 minutes at high pressure.
  • Naturally release pressure.
  • Remove the lid and use an immersion blender to puree the contents of the pot (or pour the contents into a blender and then add the blended mixture back into the pot).
  • Stir in the dried fenugreek leaves.
  • Serve with ghee.

Notes

  • Make sure to rinse the spinach even if it is pre-washed. The little bit of water clinging to the leaves is enough to get the instant pot to start. Do not add more water to this! The spinach leaves will also release water as the pot comes to pressure. If you add water, the dish will be way too watery, trust me.
  • If you are making this using 2 pounds of spinach then know that the saag will be a bit thinner than if you were to have used saag along with mustard greens. You can thicken the saag by pressing sauté at the end to reduce liquid if you’d like (or stir some corn flour into the saag to help thicken it up).
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  1. Stephanie says

    If I wanted to make lamb saag do you have any recommendations? Should I just brown some ground lamb separately and add it to this recipe? Or would it work to make this recipe then cook some lamb stew meat in the prepared saag?

      • Stephanie says

        5 stars
        I made this for dinner tonight and it was a huge success. I ended up pulling from a couple of your recipes to cook the stew meat (I started out like I was going to make your onion masala, then I tossed the meat with the spice mix from your ground lamb curry. I puréed the onion masala and added the meat and cooked it under pressure for 40 min and set it aside while I made the saag. ) I made the Saag following the recipe and combined the two. It came out delicious.

  2. Jessica Siegel says

    I think I went over board with the fenugreek leaves. It had a metallic taste. What do you think? Any chance you have an exact measurement for the fenugreek leaves? I don’t trust myself to know what a pinch is. Thank so much!

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      Hi Jessica, you can do a teaspoon and it’ll be fine. I wonder if the metallic taste is from something else… I have other recipes that call for a ton of kasoori methi (like my aloo methi recipe) and that doesn’t have a metallic taste. If you’re able to figure out the culprit please let me know.

  3. Emily says

    5 stars
    The mix of spinach and mustard greens gives this curry they full body texture and complex flavors that are missing in so many other recipes I have tried. I often make it with chicken but it is delicious all by itself.

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