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Sai Bhaji Bhuga Chawar

Sai Bhaji, Bhuga Chawar

I would not believe that if you are a Sindhi and have not been asked about Sai bhaji. Daal Pakwaan and Sai Bhaji is what the world things Sindhis are made up of and it is partially true. Spinach / Palaak is a rich source of nutrients and I come from a generation who grew up seeing Popeye cartoons. Popeye, the sailor, got all his strength from Spinach and I believe that is the reason for a fit me too.

Sai Bhaji is generally accompanied with Bhuga Chawar or rice cooked with caramelized onions. If you go to a typical Irani / Muslim restaurant, they generally have a dish on the menu called the Biryani Rice. BhugaChawar is similar or better.

I have always maintained that the best of the food is made with the modest of the local ingredients and simplest of the processes. This is another example of the same…

And then remember… If some Sai Bhaji is leftover for next day, you can always make Palak Tikki !!

Sai Bhaji & Bhuga Chawar

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By Serves: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes


For Sai Bhaji

  • 1 large bunch of Spinach Leaves
  • 1 onion
  • ¼ cup Chana daal
  • 1 medium sized egg plant / brinjal
  • Few large pieces of Bottle gourd / lauki
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 1-inch ginger
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • ¼ cup water
  • Salt as per taste

Dry Masalas

  • A pinch of asafoetida / hing
  • 1 tsp Jeera

For Rice

  • 2 cups rice
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1.5 sliced onions
  • 1 .5 tbsp ghee

Dry Masalas

  • 1 TejPatta
  • 3-4 Cloves
  • 2-3 Black Pepper corns
  • Salt per taste


For the Sai Bhaji


Wash and then Cut the Spinach leaves, green chillies


Dice the onion, egg plant and Bottle gourd


Setup the cooker on the gas


Add all the ingredients in the cooker including the water


Seal the cooker and let the mixture cook for 3-4 whistles


Let the cooker rest


Open the cooker, Mash the vegetables and add some hing. Sai Bhaji is ready

For the Bhuga Chawar


Wash and Soak the rice for 30 mins


Setup a cooker on the gas


Start the heat and add the ghee


Add the tejpatta, Cloves, black pepper and sautee for a min


Add the sliced onion


Sautee the onions till dark brown or completely caramelised


Add the rice


Add the water


Seal the cooker and let it cook till 3-4 whistles depending on how much you like your rice to be cooked.


This combination is "Rab Ne Banayi Jodi" in food. If you want, you could add a mango pickle or a boondi raita to go with it.

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