There’s saag in my soup!

A green soup inspired by the Indian sarson ka saag (slow cooked mustard greens).

1 lb frozen spinach
10 oz frozen mustard greens
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped fine
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
4 cups vegetable stock/water
salt to taste (use rock salt for extra effect)
1/2 cup plain yogurt ( greek yogurt- even better)
* Add 2 tbsp lemon juice if the yogurt is not sour.
1 tbsp ginger-green chili paste
1 avocado

– Heat olive oil in a sauce pan.
– Add onions, ginger green chili paste and saute for a minute or two, until onions turn golden.
– Add thyme, oregano, pepper flakes, tomatoes, and the thawed greens.
– Add stock/water and bring to a boil.
– Add salt to taste, then turn the heat to a simmer and cook, covered, for twenty minutes or so.
– Use a blender to puree all/half of the soup.
– Turn off the heat.
– Reserve some avocado cubes for garnish. Mash the rest in yogurt and add it to the soup.
* You can use cream/half n half for a creamier soup. Just skip the lemon juice at the time (will curdle the cream.) It may be added to the bowl at the time of serving, along with avocado cubes and more yogurt for garnish.

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About purplesque

Psychiatrist, cook, bookworm, photographer. Not necessarily in that order.
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8 Responses to There’s saag in my soup!

  1. Emjay says:

    Sounds interesting. Do you eat this hot or cold? (or tepid?)

  2. Purplesque says:

    I like it hot, with bread or rice, but it can easily be served tepid, or even cold.

  3. Emjay says:

    Are "mustard greens" easy to find? They are not in my Soviet Safeway!

  4. Purplesque says:

    I've found both fresh and frozen mustard greens at both Walmart and Kroger..no reason why Safeway shouldn't carry them..they're probably seasonal. (Back in Mississippi, there were Lots of mustard greens available year round.)

  5. Emjay says:

    My Safeway is a little different to other Safeways …. that's why I refer to it as the "soviet" safeway. I might have to travel to a "trendier" area to find mustard greens I think. I would have to go out into the 'burbs to find a Walmart and I don't know what Kroger is . Is there something I can substitute?

  6. Purplesque says:

    It should taste equally good with spinach alone..or add whatever greens you like..a close second would be broccoli rabe (unlikely resident of a soviet Safeway..:) ; or just add some chopped broccoli.

  7. I love spinach and mustard greens, or whatever greens that can go into a soup. Actually greens can all go into a soup, right? It sounds absolutely delicious!

  8. Purplesque says:

    🙂 Yes..I'm such a lover of greens that a reliable taster has to test my greens recipes. As far as I'm concerned, even plain boiled turnip greens (a cafetaria staple) are better than anything else!

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