I was lucky enough to get my hands on some purple mustard greens at the farmer market (this was a couple weeks ago, but Im just getting around to posting now!). The color was so gorgeous and intense that I wanted something that would showcase its flavor, but I couldn’t decide what to do with it. I had gotten a cookbook from the library “Purba: Feasts from the East” by Laxmi Parida. It is filled with delicious Oriya recipes. One of the recipes is called poi saga rai. Poi saga is a type of green pictured here, but I am substituting for the mustard greens. Rai is described as a “moderately spicy and slightly moist entree”. I worried that it may be a bit bitter as mustard greens sometimes are, but it wasn’t at all. It was quite mellow and this was a very tasty dish. Unfortunately they did not retain their purple color after cooking, however, the color did transfer to the potatoes!

Here is what I did:

this photo doesn't do it justice

  • 1 bunch of purple mustard greens
  • 2 potatoes
  • salt

Sorisa masala:

  • 2 pods garlic
  • 1cm ginger
  • 1tsp mustard seeds
  • 1tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • pinch of turmeric

Rasuna(garlic) baghar:

  • 1-2 pods garlic, crushed
  • 1tsp mustard seeds

For the masala, crush together ginger and garlic and mustard and then mix in the other ingredients to form a paste using little water if necessary. Separate the stems from the leaves and finely chop the stems. Roughly chop the leaves. Peel and dice the potato and put into a pan with enough water to just cover them. Add the stems and the sorisa masala and salt. Bring to a boil. When the potatoes are almost cooked, add in the green leaves. If there is excess water in the pan, turn up the heat to evaporate it.

Heat a small bit of oil or ghee  and add in the crushed garlic and the mustard seeds until they pop. Pour this seasoning/baghar  slowly over the potatoes/greens. Garnish with grated coconut(optional).

I am sending this to Aipi’s Bookmarked Recipes

And Only Greens by Sara and Pari.

Comments on: "Purple Mustard Greens and Potatoes – Rai" (11)

  1. Purple potato with mustard greens sounds wonderful idea. love it. good one for rice and chapathi.

  2. Liked the colour..purple and greens..nice combo indeed.

  3. they look super yummy !

  4. Love the color… looks delicious!

  5. I love the color combo of potatoes & mustard greens.! Thanks so much for the award..appreciate it! A very happy happy new year and holidays to you!

  6. Sweet Artichoke said:

    What a beautiful colour! I have heard so much about mustard greens, but had not yet had the occasion to taste them… These purple ones look amazing!

    I have tagged your blog, please check on my page 🙂

  7. That is such a lovely color,and I can bet on the excellent taste as well:)
    Thanks a lot for linking this to bookmark event 🙂

    US Masala

  8. wow… gorgeous dish! 🙂

  9. Beautiful dish! It must be delicious:)

  10. Purple greens is awesome. No doubt that this dish was enjoyed.


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