Khatte Wala Saag (Buttermilk Spinach Curry)

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It is hard to imagine an Indian dish, especially a curry that uses no spices, right? Well, here is a rustic Punjabi kadhi, which is a heirloom recipe, that uses no spices (none whatsoever), not a single drop of oil, therefore no tempering either.
It speaks volumes about the simplicity of a desi dish which turns out to be a meal to remember when paired with makki ki roti or a simple paratha. Do try it before the winters slip away.
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Served As: Lunch
Recipe Taste: Salty, Savoury, Spicy
Calories 81 kcal
Servings 4 to 6


  • ¼ cup Besan (chickpea flour) plus 1 tbsp extra
  • 2 cup Spinach (with stalks) finely chopped & lightly packed
  • 250 ml Buttermilk
  • 500 – 600 ml Water depending on the consistency you desire
  • tsp Ginger finely chopped
  • 3 Green Chillies finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt adjust to taste


  • Roast the besan in a hot pan, stirring continuously, till the besan begins to change color and there is no raw smell. (be careful not to burn the chickpea flour) Set aside.
  • Wash spinach in plenty of water at least three to four times to get rid of any dirt / grit. Drain excess water.
  • Boil the spinach till the stalks turn soft. (I pressure cook it, without adding water, till one whistle escapes) Set aside.
  • In a heavy bottom pan, add all ingredients together, including the cooked spinach, and bring to a boil, stirring continuously.
  • Once the contents come to a boil, reduce the heat and cook for at least 20 – 25 minutes or till you see oil around the edges of the kadhi. Stir occasionally.
  • Serve hot with makki ki roti or paratha.

Recipe Notes

  • This kadhi uses a little more besan than you would use for the regular Punjabi kadhi.
  • I use buttermilk attained from homemade cultured butter and it was thicker than store brought buttermilk. So please adjust the amount of water accordingly.
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Recipe Nutrition

Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 791mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1514IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 1mg

Taruna Deepak
Taruna Deepak

I believe in creating easy, simple yet flavourful and healthy recipes with some occasional indulgence. I call them the no-fuss recipes- making not much dent on time and mostly effortless which actually is my cooking motto. 

I abide by one advice that my Mom gave me while entrusting her culinary experiences to me, it is the love and passion with which one cooks the food that makes all the difference. So cook with passion and serve with love!

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