Thursday, March 19, 2009

Lettuce Saag

I had never used Lettuce in my cooking. I brought it for the first time for making burgers for which I used only 3-4 leaves. I was left with a quite a big lettuce and started searching for recipes. All I could get were salad recipes which we are not very fond of.
Then suddenly I got the idea of using lettuce in place of Sarson in saag. I followed the Sarson ka saag recipe given to me by my NY neighbour ‘D’ aunty and replaced sarson leaves with lettuce. The outcome of the experiment was quite good and my hubby couldn’t even guess that it was lettuce.

Lettuce – 1
Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped
Garlic – 3 cloves, chopped
Ginger – 1 inch, grated
Green Chillies – 2 finely chopped
Kasuri methi - 1 tbsp
Corn Flour – 2 tsp
Oil – 3 tsp

Boil water in a big vessel. Dip the lettuce leaves in the boiling water for 5 mins. Till they become soft. Remove the leaves and blend it to a fine paste.
In a pan, take some oil and fry the onions. When the turn translucent add the ginger and garlic. Continue frying till it turns brown. Then add the chopped green chillies and lettuce puree. Add salt and kasuri methi. Give it a boil.
Finally make a paste of corn flour and water and add it to the above. Heat for a minute or two and serve with hot phulkas or makki ki roti.

Note: For Sarson ka Saag use Sarson and Spinach leaves in the proportion 2:1


  1. That's creative, I used Lettuce just for salad or in Burgers too! :)

  2. Hi Namratha,
    Looks like u've bought urself a magic wand :) ekka pashi ek layak layak ideas ani randhap...damn cool. I'm actually elated at the thought that u could make saag out of lettuce! Tha's very innovatory :)
    Happy weekend!

  3. Last week my fridge was crying with lettuce nd ii used it again for burger ne ways a good post bcoz next time my fish wouldn cry :O

  4. That is such a creative and unique idea ! Looks yum :-)

  5. hi,
    Nice use of lettuce i must say.The saag looks good - shd try whenever i have leftover lettuce.
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  6. Very interesting variation,I use them only in salad.

  7. thatz very innovative .. never thought of lettuce saag

  8. Wow, nice and interesting for lettuce :)