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24 November, 2017

Sai Bhaji/Sindhi Sai Bhaji/Green Leafy Vegetables with Dal

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Sai bhaji, I had my eye on the delicious Sindhi vegetarian curry or stew that uses mainly from dal (lentils), palak (spinach) and other vegetables. Sai bhaji is also known as Sindhi Sai Bhaji. 

Sai Bhaji is a rich source of nutrition as it contains lentils and the greens used.

Sindhi Sai Bhaji, Sai Bhaji

Sindhi Sai Bhaji

It is popular in Pakistan, India among the Sindhis.

Sai means green and bhaji means vegetable and Sai bhaji is consumed throughout summers and winters, as a night and day meal respectively.

The main ingredients used are spinach leaves, in smaller quantities fenugreek, dill and gongura leaves, channa dal or moong dal brinjals and potatoes. Of course, as usual, you leave out what you do not like. I do not like dill hence will not add it.

This September we did Protein-rich foods and I have bookmarked many that I want to make. Sai Bhaji from Mayuri’s  was one of the first ones I bookmarked and made with no changes ( I have never eaten Sai Bhaji so did not know what it will lead to).

Since I was home for the months of September and October as I had had an operation I had a gala time. Not once was I bored for I was cooking to my heart’s content. It is with great sorrow that I now go to work. Unfortunately, I did not sit to write (sounds familiar it is my regular story) It is now that I am hurrying to write, edit pictures and post. Ditto for the next two days.

Anyway here goes.

Sindhi Sai Bhaji, Sai Bhaji

Sai Bhaji

Sai Bhaji/Sindhi Sai Bhaji

    • Serves 6-8
    • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
    • Cook Time: 20 minutes
    • Passive Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups spinach finely chopped
  • ½ cup fresh methi/fenugreek finely chopped
  • 1 cup chana dal/Bengal gram dal
  • 1 brinjal small cut into small cubes
  • 1 potato, medium peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1 onion, medium finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, large finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp green chilli paste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup water
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp amchur powder/ dried mango powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder

 

For tempering:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • Method:
  • Wash and soak the chana dal in 1-cup water for 30-45 minutes.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker.
  • Add onion and stir-fry it until it becomes translucent.
  • Add ginger and chilli paste and stir-fry for 1 minute.
  • Add tomato and stir-fry until it becomes a bit soft.
  • Add potato, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala, amchur powder and salt.
  • Add the soaked chana dal with the water.
  • Mix well.
  • Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook over medium heat for 2 whistles.
  • Let the pressure come down naturally, open the lid of the pressure cooker.
  • Put the pressure cooker back on medium heat without the lid.
  • Add chopped spinach and methi and cook further for 4-5 minutes.
  • Stir occasionally so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Heat oil for tempering in a small pan.
  • Add garlic paste and stir-fry it for a few seconds.
  • Take the pan off the heat. Add red chilli powder. Mix.
  • Pour the tempering over the sabji and serve with basmati rice, or roti.

Tips:

  • Use a mixture of green leaves to make this bhaji.
  • Add the greens in the end to maintain the green colour of the bhaji.

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A delicious marriage of Legumes and Leafy vegetables!
Sindhi Sai Bhaji, Sai Bhaji
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 45 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 45 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Sindhi Sai Bhaji, Sai Bhaji
Instructions
  1. Wash and soak the chana dal in 1-cup water for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker.
  3. Add onion and stir-fry it until it becomes translucent.
  4. Add ginger and chilli paste and stir-fry for 1 minute.
  5. Add tomato and stir-fry until it becomes a bit soft.
  6. Add potato, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala, amchur powder and salt.
  7. Add the soaked chana dal with the water.
  8. Mix well.
  9. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook over medium heat for 2 whistles.
  10. Let the pressure come down naturally, open the lid of the pressure cooker.
  11. Put the pressure cooker back on medium heat without the lid.
  12. Add chopped spinach and methi and cook further for 4-5 minutes.
  13. Stir occasionally so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  14. Heat oil for tempering in a small pan.
  15. Add garlic paste and stir-fry it for a few seconds.
  16. Take the pan off the heat. Add red chilli powder. Mix.
  17. Pour the tempering over the sabji and serve with basmati rice or roti.
Recipe Notes
  • [recipe]Use a mixture of green leaves to make this bhaji.
  • Add the greens in the end to maintain the green colour .
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12 thoughts on : Sai Bhaji/Sindhi Sai Bhaji/Green Leafy Vegetables with Dal

  • November 25, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Sai Bhaji looks fantastic . Every house has their version of this leafy green . I too do not add dill as I don’t like it , we add about 4 tomatoes and temper it with chopped , golden garlic which imparts a unique aroma and the next time you come I will make it for you .:)

  • November 26, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Sai bhaji is in my to do list for a long, am so tempted to make this ultimate dish soon, yours looks fabulous Archana.

  • November 27, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Sai bhaji looks so tempting ,i always wanted to use gongura leaves in this.. Will give a try soon..

  • November 27, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    This is comfort food to the core. I crave for recipes like this when the weather is starting to get cold. Looks great Archana!

  • November 28, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    You have rightly said that It is a delicious marriage of legumes and leafy vegetables

  • Priya
    November 29, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    wow, by looking at the pic feeling like just having with rice at the moment… mmm I love dal with greens

  • November 30, 2017 at 2:51 am

    Sai bhaji has been on my to-make list for a very long time. I have to make it some time soon.

  • December 1, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I love all variations of dal. This sounds very flavorful.

  • Sapana Behl
    December 2, 2017 at 2:21 am

    I have been looking to make this bhaji for long. Sounds delicious.

  • Sowmya
    December 2, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I have also been wanting to make for a while now. Yours looks delicious….am trying this soon

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