From the archives: I had posted this way back, but recently when a reader (Vidya Devan) requested this dish, I thought I will repost it once again
So many times, it happens that we cook something "classic" from some other unknown region thinking that we have that one authentic recipe. Most often than not its authentic alright - but only problem is that its not classic to that region at all - in fact people from that region weren't even aware of such a famous dish from their country!!! Take Mango Lassi and Saag Paneer
for example! For having grown up in India my entire life these were never in my menu nor have I ever seen in any restaurants. Of course, now that its famous worldwide, they might be freely available everywhere. The classic instead was and is - sweet and salt lassi and Sarson ka Saag / Palak Paneer! I think Saag Paneer
is the Americanized version of Palak Paneer cos the Sag is always made of Spinach! So that's Indian Palak Paneer for you :) Its also saddening to note that I am yet to get that classic taste in any Sarson Ka saag I have tasted in any of the restaurant. I taste only butter and cream. The original classic is not supposed to taste of butter and cream at all! It has this earthy taste where you get to enjoy the Mustard leaves and spinach in full form!