Indian Spiced Sauteed Spinach with Garlic, Ginger & Mustard Seeds

Sauteed spinach is a classic Indian side dish, often called ‘saag.’ And spinach, like other leafy greens, acts like a flavor sponge and soaks up all of the delicious spices in this Indian spiced sauteed spinach recipe!

Plus, fresh ginger and whole yellow mustard seeds add a zesty kick of umami goodness. Serve as a side dish, or as a fun, flavorful addition to a vegan Buddha bowl or hummus bowl!

Originally, I designed this Indian spiced sauteed spinach recipe for my spicy chickpea Buddha bowl. And, I’ve gotta say, it’s especially yummy with a bit of spicy hummus at the base of my bowl! It’s full of flavor, but not too spicy, and it’s incredibly simple to prepare.

Best of all, this Indian spiced sautéed spinach makes it SO easy to eat your nutritious leafy greens!

The Magic of Sauteed Spinach

When spinach cooks, its raw leaves wilt down and shrink pretty quickly. So, the ten cups of vitamin- and mineral-rich spinach in this recipe cooks down to just about one and a half cups…

Which means, in one serving of this Indian spiced sauteed spinach (just ⅓ cup), you get:

  • over 600% of your daily recommended bone-building vitamin K
  • around 300% of your vitamin A, to protect your eyes from age-related damage
  • about half of your daily recommended vitamin C and folate

Because, before cooking, that ⅓ cup of sauteed spinach was nearly 3 cups of raw spinach! Of course, sauteed spinach of any kind is a nutritious win, But, this Indian spiced sauteed spinach seriously makes me look forward to eating my greens and come back for seconds!

Indian Spiced Sauteed Spinach

Indian Spiced Sauteed Spinach (Saag)

4.60 stars (10 ratings)


  • drizzle of oil
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 lb 10-12 cups fresh spinach
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  • In a saucepan, cook oil, onions, and garlic over medium heat for a few minutes, until fragrant.
  • Add fresh ginger, cumin, and turmeric and cook for another minute. (Feel free to add any spices that you like!)
  • Add spinach and mustard seeds, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss until spinach is wilted, about another minute.
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • Yields ~1 ½ cups Indian spiced sauteed spinach.
Calories: 61kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 4g, Fiber: 2g
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