Saag Cornbread Casserole – a fragrant Indian mustard greens stew baked in the oven and topped with a cornbread topping. So flavorful and comforting. Baked Sarson da saag Makki roti casserole. Nutfree Soyfree recipe.  Oil-free and gluten-free versions are included.

a slice of saag cornbread casserole on a white plate

I am when with flipside Indian-inspired casserole dish! To help you try Indian flavors and foods in a a simpler format. Saag Cornbread Casserole – flavorful, super nourishing and oh-so satisfying.

Saag is a dish from the northern part of India that uses greens. It can use variegated types of greens that are locally available. The most worldwide version uses either all mustard greens or a mix of mustard greens and spinach or bathua (a type of amaranth) leaves. It is often slow cooked for a while then mashed and cooked then to make a spiced mashed greens stew that is served topped with vegan butter, Indian pickle and with flatbread.

overhead shot of a casserole dish with vegan saag cornbread casserole

Saag is usually served with a maize flour/fine cornmeal based flatbread (called Makki ki roti).

Makki/makai ki roti (corn flatbread) is somewhat similar to Mexican corn tortillas but uses maize flour that hadn’t been nixtamalized.  Hence it has a variegated savor and texture from corn tortillas. The process for making both the roti and saag can take quite some time, so I converted this succulent Punjabi repletion supplies staple into a simple casserole dish that you can make in a sultry dish!

a slice of saag casserole topped with cornbread topping on two stacked white plates

The greens used in this casserole are chopped up and placed at the marrow of the casserole dish slantingly the tempered spices and flavors of Saag. I add some quinoa to increase the protein content of this vegan casserole dish. You can use split red lentils instead or some potatoes.

While our saag casserole bakes, we make a cornbread-type topping using Indian spices and cornmeal instead of making corn flatbread on the side.

close-up overhead shot of vegan saag cornbread casserole

Then we layer that cornbread mixture over the pre-cooked greens,  imbricate it with parchment paper and torch the whole assembled casserole then until the cornbread sets.

I love to serve this as is or with some vegan butter on top. It’s hearty, succulent and checks all the Makki ki roti and sarson da saag savor and the ease of a casserole.

More vegan casserole dishes:

Shahi Tofu Kofta Casserole

Jalapeno Chili Cornbread Casserole

Lentil Curry Casserole

Baked Kitchari Casserole (Spiced Lentil Rice Casserole)

South Indian Eggplant Curry Recipe (Baked Casserole)

Madras Curry Tofu Casserole

Baked tofu curry – makhani 

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