sai bhaji recipe

Sai Bhaji Recipe | How to Make Sai Bhaji Recipe

What is Sai Bhaji?

A combination of chana dal and spinach with other greens, cooked with onions and tomatoes, flavoured with ginger, garlic, green chillies and spices is Sindhi sai bhaji. It is broadly a kind of dal palak which is tangy and spicy. Sai bhaji is best served with bhuga chawal; it is a Sindhi rice preparation wherein caramelized onions give a great taste to it. However, sai bhaji can be served with plain rice or chapattis or parathas too.

Let’s talk about the ingredients for Sindhi Sai Bhaji Recipe

Spinach forms the base of sai bhaji recipe. Other greens such as khatti palak, dill leaves are also used. Chana dal is another main ingredient used in Sindhi sai bhaji recipe. The level of tanginess depends on your taste. I add a handful of other greens, you may add more or less. However, if you can’t find the other greens and want tangy sai bhaji, increase the number of tomatoes used and use the tangy ones.

Another spinach based gravy is hariyali gatte. It is an uncommon recipe. Find it here. One more recipe from Sindhi cuisine is Sindhi Kadhi recipe. It is a popular one. Get it here.

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How To Make Sindhi Sai Bhaji

1. In a pressure cooker, heat 2 tbsp oil.

sai bhaji recipe

2. Add in 2 chopped onions, 7-8 crushed garlic cloves, 1 “crushed ginger and 2 chopped green chillies. Cook for 3-4 minutes till onions turn translucent.

sai bhaji recipe

3. Add 1 chopped potato and ¼ cup chopped bottle gourd (lauki). Cook for 2-3 minutes.

sai bhaji recipe

4. Time for spices, 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp coriander powder and ¼ tsp turmeric powder. Cook for a minute.

sai bhaji recipe

5. Let’s add the greens; half of them from spinach leaves of 1 bunch of spinach, a handful of sorrel and a handful of Dill leaves.

sai bhaji recipe

6. ½ cup soaked chana dal goes in next.

sai bhaji recipe

7. Add remaining greens.

sai bhaji recipe

8. Add puree of 2 tomatoes.

sai bhaji recipe

9. Add salt to taste. Cook everything for 3-4 minutes.

sai bhaji recipe

10. Add in 1 cup water.

sai bhaji recipe

11. Pressure cook for 4 whistles or till dal is absolutely soft and mushy. Whisk it once to blend everything slightly.

sai bhaji recipe

12. Serve with rice. Bon appétit!

sai bhaji recipe


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 4
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 4 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Trans Fat 4g
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 4g
Protein 4g 8%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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