Carrot greens with lentils – Gajar ka Saag

I bought a bunch of baby carrots with greens. I had no idea what to do with the greens and voiced my thoughts out loud to the vegetable vendor. Now I have been a regular customer to this vendor for the last 8 years, and he knows I am a blogger and has no idea what is blogging πŸ˜‰ just that I click pics and post it on some computer πŸ˜€ I quite like that innocence πŸ™‚ So he suggested that I should not discard the greens but cook it.

He was surprised when I asked him, ‘Do you have a recipe?’ Pat came his reply, ‘ I am no chef, but you use onion, garlic and ginger with any lentil of your choice’ and he explained it in detail. I asked,’ How come you know such a detailed recipe?’ and I was amused by his retort πŸ˜‰ ‘My wife is new and young. She is my second wife. What she cooks is not edible, so I do the cooking and she takes care of the rest of the household chores.’ πŸ˜€

So here is a wonderful, lip -smacking recipe of a vegetable vendor πŸ™‚ I was myself surprised by this aromatic and flavorful outcome.

carrot greens with lentils - gajar ka saag


Here’s what I did…………


75 gms – carrot greens

100 gms – fresh coriander

3 nos – finely cubed baby carrots (optional)

1/2 cup – split and polished green gram lentil / moong dhuli

1 tsp – finely chopped green chillies

1 nos – medium sized onion

6-7 pods – garlic

1″ piece – ginger

1/4 tsp – black mustard seeds

1/4 tsp – garam masala (Indian spice mix)

2 tsp – oil

pinch of asafoetida (optional)

salt to taste


Soak the lentil in water for an hour.

Break the leaves from the stalks of the carrot greens. Discard the stalks.

Wash them well for a few times. Wash the fresh coriander. Finely chop the coriander and the carrot greens.

Finely chop the onion, garlic and ginger.

Heat oil in a pan and temper with asafoetida and mustard seeds. Add the chopped garlic and fry a few seconds till fragrant and golden in color. Add the chopped onion and ginger and fry till translucent.

Add the soaked lentil, green chilli and cubed carrots. Season with salt. Lower the heat, cover and cook for about 8 -10 mins or till carrots and lentil have softened yet crunchy.

Add the chopped carrot green and coriander and sprinkle the garam masala. Cover and cook for another 3-4 mins.

Serve hot with chapati or paranthas.

carrot greens with lentils - gajar ka saag


Happy cooking !! πŸ™‚

Cheers !! πŸ˜€



About andy

hi there.....friends call me Andy :) I am a school teacher by profession. Passionate about reading, some random experimental cooking, some hit 'n' miss photography......and i am a dreamer ;) Thank you for popping by :)
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6 Responses to Carrot greens with lentils – Gajar ka Saag

  1. Suja says:

    looks yummy and healthy too !!!

  2. Jayeeta says:

    very refreshing…….. πŸ™‚

  3. Gurveen says:

    Trying this out today. Hoping it comes out as yummy πŸ˜›

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