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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Methi Malai Matar (Peas and Fenugreek Curry)

Methi Malai Matar is a mouth watering Punjabi dish prepared with green peas and methi(fenugreek) leaves cooked in fresh cream and spices. The distinct flavor of fenugreek, soothing effect of cream and the aromatic flavor of Indian spices makes a yummy and exotic recipe.

Both me and my husband love this recipe; though it has huge amount calories due to the cream, it is equally healthy as well due to fenugreek, and its OK to indulge in calorie rich food once in a while :)

I usually include this recipe in my menu if I'm expecting some guests as it is quick to prepare and tastes so good.


For the Curry
Green Peas : 1 Cup
Fresh Fenugreek Leaves(Methi) : 1 - 11/2 Cup
Tomato(Finely chopped) : 3 Tbsp
Cashewnut(Kaju) : 2-3 Tbsp, chopped into small pieces
Soda : 1 Pinch

For Grinding
Onion : 2
Green Chillies : 2-3
Garlic Cloves(Lehsun) : 3-4
Ginger Paste(Adarak) : 1 Tsp
Cashewnut(Kaju) : 10 -12
Curd : 2 Tbsp

For Gravy
Ghee : 2 Tbsp
Green Cardamom(Elaichi) : 2 - 3
Red Chilli Powder(Lal Mirch) : 1/4 Tsp
Black Pepper(Kali Mirch) : 1 Pinch
Cumin Powder(Jeera) : 1/2 Tsp
Garam Masala : 1/4 Tsp
Salt - To Taste
Fresh Cream : 1/2 Cup
Milk : 1/2 Cup

1. Take water in a pan, add a pinch of Soda to it and boil the water. Add green peas to it and let it cook until peas are soft, then add methi leaves and turn off the heat. After 2 minutes remove peas and methi from water.
Soda prevents discoloring of green peas and methi leaves. I skipped this step as I used frozen peas which were already boiled.

2. Grind all the ingredients listed above, under For Grinding section.

3. Heat ghee in a pan, add cardamom and the grounded mixture and fry it until the gravy leaves ghee. At this point add red chilli powder, black pepper, jeera powder, garam masala, salt and cook it for 2 minutes.

4. Then add cream and milk, mix well and let it boil. When the gravy starts boiling add green peas, methi leaves, tomato pieces and cashewnuts and cook for a little while.
It is not mandatory but I roasted the cashew nuts in microwave for 2 minutes before adding to the curry.

5. Serve with roti or paratha of your choice.

Sending this to Herbs & Flowers - Fenugreek event guest hosted and hosted by Mom Chef and PJ


Mehjabeen Arif said...

This looks perfect ! would love it with rotis !

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Delicious and healthy curry...

divya said...

I am drooling here....Yummy!

Shylaja said...

Healthy and yummy curry
South Indian Home

Santosh Bangar said...

creamy and mouthwatering healthy curry

Hari Chandana P said...

Lovely recipe.. looks really good and tempting.. thanks for the recipe.. nice presentation too :)
Indian Cuisine

cook from doha said...

an all time fav with rotis......yummy.......

Priya Suresh said...

Looks rich,hearty and healthy..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

nice advice on retaining green color of peas and methi leaves. Curry looks mouthwatering

Hamaree Rasoi

Sensible Vegetarian said...

This looks so delicious and colorful.

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

i wanted to try this for a long time, nice stepwise pictorials.Came out perfect

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Oh God it seems u too lost your previous comments on this post !!!
Couldn't find my comment here :-(
Creamy, thick looking gravy looks wonderful. Perfect to have with roti

Hamaree Rasoi

Unknown said...

i always thought it to be a time consuming dish!!
but u proved me rong..!!
& wat a mouth watering desciption!! :D

loved it!!

Unknown said...

I always thought it to be a time consuming procedure but u proved me wrong..!!

& wat a mouth watering description..!! amazing..!! loved it! :)

Vimitha Durai said...

Rich and creamy curry would be great to have with indian breads...

Priya Sreeram said...

perfect indulgence indeed- looks slurpilicious !

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Lovely creamy curry, simply delicious.

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks creamy and delicious dear :)

Hari Chandana P said...

Looks too good and perfect.. thanks for the awesome recipe :)
Indian Cuisine

cook from doha said...

perfect with rotis.......

Lavanya Selvaraj said...

Looks yummm... would love to try it....

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Unknown said...


Creamy,healthy and tasty curry...:)


Madhusmita said...

I have tried this.really it was so delicious and healthy.Great creative cooking .Thanks for this recipe.