Paalak ka Saag is made from fresh green leaves of spinach in Bihari Style. The saag is simple with earthy rustic garlic flavour and gets done in a jiffy .This saag was a part on my Protein Rich Bihari Thali.
Bihar , a state in the Eastern Indian is popular for its Litti Chokha , but there are many more delicious dishes which can be explored in this state , unfortunately they are not as popular .
I had visited this state a few years back , spoke to the locals and chefs there and got a number of authentic Bihari Recipes . The Bihari ‘s have simple food habits and most of their food is vegetarian. They are influenced by Buddhism which teaches non violence . However in some parts of Bihar non vegetarian food is popular .
Bihari’s eat a variety of greens , like Sarso ka Saag , Lal Saag , Channe ka Saag and Paalak ka Saag . Except for Sarso ka Saag the rest two saags are cooked almost in the similar manner as Paalak ka Saag . Traditionally Bihari Cuisine uses mustard oil , but the use of other cooking oils is also getting popular too .
One can use mustard oil for the Paalak ka Saag for that extra flavor , the garlic gives a wonderful flavor to it but make sure you do not cook it very long . Just leave the saag in the sieve for a while so that all the extra water drains completely . With its simple flavors and minimum spices the saag should be served immediately to get the best taste .
Paalak ka Saag is my Day 2 post under the theme One Vegetable Different Ways .
Paalak ka Saag Bihari Style
500 gms spinach
2 tbsp oil
8-10 cloves garlic
2 bay leaves
2 green chillies
1 onion , small chopped
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
Salt to taste
Wash and chop the spinach very fine.
Heat oil in a pan.
Add1/4 tsp cumin seeds, bay leaves and onions .
Sauté till translucent .
Add chopped garlic and ginger .
Sauté till the garlic turns pink .
Add the spinach and salt .
Mix and cover and cook till the spinach is tender .
Now cook on full flame till the water is completely absorbed .
Heat a tsp of ghee , add 1/4 tsp of cumin seeds and temper the saag .
Enjoy while it is hot .
Some more Bihari Dishes that I have posted