April 08, 2009

Methi Matar Malai

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For the last few weeks, I have been picking up fresh methi leaves from the Indian store. The only ways I have had methi before is in methi saag or methi paratha. But, I wanted to try something new. So I searched around for methi recipes and came across Sanjeev Kapoor's Methi Matar Malai.

I tried it with some changes, and have been hooked ever since. The slight bitterness of methi leaves is complemented perfectly with the natural sweetness of peas. I omitted out garlic and amchur powder while replacing cream with some non fat yogurt. I loved how it turned out - mild, flavorful - and have made it a few times now.

Ingredients:
(adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor's Methi Matar Malai)
1 pack fresh methi leaves
1/2 pack frozen peas
1 medium onion - chopped
1 tspoon ginger - grated
1/2 tspoon red chilli powder
1/4 tspoon turmeric powder
1/2 tspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 coriander powder
1/2 tspoon cumin seeds
3 tbspoon yogurt - whipped
1 tbspoon oil
Salt to taste

Method:
Clean and chop the metho leaves coarsely. Heat oil in a pan temper with cumin seeds. Then add the chopped onions and saute till they turn soft and translucent. Then add grated ginger and saute for a minute Then add in the methis leaves and let it cook with closed lid for 3-4 minutes.

Then add the peas, chilli powder and salt and let it cook together for 3-4 minutes. Then add the cinnamon powder and mix well.

Reduce the heat to low, and add the yogurt, stirring it well. Let it cook for 1-2 minutes and then take it off the heat.

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Serve warm with some naan, roti or chapati.

19 comments:

  1. Wow Everything green and the curry looks simple and tempting...

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  2. I have been seeing this MMM in quite a few places.. I have never had this before.. interesting combination.

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  3. Methi Matar is a family favourite, and though my way is rather different from yours, this looks so amazing.I must try this soon.

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  4. Wow green food is always comforting and yum. This looks really scrummy.

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  5. That looks damn tempting. Loved that green colour.

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  6. Love methi malkai matar. Like your yogurt substitution. Looks greeen and delicious, Mandira!

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  7. Love the green look of this dish. Yup the methi leaves in the store look fresh for a change.

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  8. This is one of my favorite dishes, really is so tasty... looks awesome!

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  9. Nice combo of methi n mattar. Greeny!

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  10. thats an awesome recipe, Mandira!! love the green colour!

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  11. Looks so beautiful and springy green, Mandira! The fresh methi looks really good lately here, too. I will try this way next time :)

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  12. you are so creative! sounds delicious...

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  13. I hate white food. So never tried this dish. But yours looks colourful. Must try. Bookmarked :)

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  14. Love the look of that MMM Mandira! :-)
    Poila Boishakher shubheccha niyo. :-)

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  15. Diane4:37 PM

    I made this yesterday - and it was AWESOME! Thanks for the recipe.

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  16. Love that picture.. looks so fresh and reminds you that spring is here :) yaay.

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  17. 1st time here. Looks great. love the greens...

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  18. I made this Methi matar malai for dinner last night, and it was so good! Even my meat-loving husband liked it. I'm trying to do several meatless meals a week both for our health and our budget, so I really appreciate easy, veggie packed meals. thank you for shearing your post.

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  19. Oh my God!! At last I got something veg for my sweet lovable husband. He is a perfect vegetarian and I can give him a big surprise with the help of your post. Thanks a lot!! Really it looks awesome. You know something my husband always says that be vegetarian but I had a feeling that there are very less variety in vegetarian dishes. Anyway Thanks for coming up with such an excellent variety.

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