Methi Malai Mutter Curry (Fenugreek and Peas Curry)

"Methi" or Fenugreek is a wonderful green leafy vegetable full of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. It helps cleanse your system, improve your eyesight and increase resistance and immunity level of your body against toxins. And though it is packed with nutrients, there's only one thing which could possibly draw you away from it, and that is it's slightly-bitter taste. I myself had tantrums about eating Methi when I was in my teens, until I discovered the world of methi parathas, methi bhajiyas (gotas) and very recently, Methi-Malai-Matar Gravy. It tastes amazing, not bitter at all, and goes perfectly well with rice or parathas. So here's sharing with you another healthy and tasty recipe!!

3 cups methi (fenugreek) leaves - washed and chopped
1 cup boiled green peas
1/2 onion - chopped finely
2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1 cup fresh cream
3 large tbsp cashews
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp green chilli paste
2 tbsp ghee or butter
1 tsp cumin seeds
3 tbsp lemon juice
salt - to taste
1 tbsp sugar (optional)

Take the methi leaves in a bowl, add turmeric & salt & keep it like that for 5 mins. Then wash the methi off in cold water so that the bitterness of the methi is reduced.

Make a smooth paste of cashews and milk and keep aside. Take a pan and boil the methi leaves along with the salt and sugar. Once done, allow this to cool.

Now take another pan, add the butter or ghee, the cumin seeds and onions. Saute for a mintue or so until done. Then add the ginger-garlic paste, the green chilli paste, the cashew paste and mix well. Also add the turmeric powder, garam masala powder, red chilli powder and adjust salt/sugar and lemon juice to your taste. Saute for another 1-2 mins. Now add the methi and the peas. Finally, add in the fresh cream and mix well. Keep stirring gently; be careful as the mixture can cause bubbles and splash. Now saute till fat is separated from the sides, the flavor of methi, cream and cashews is well blended and a sweet aroma arises. (Don't worry, the curry will not be sweet!)

Remove from heat and pour into a serving dish. Garnish with chopped coriander and fresh cream and serve hot with Parathas or Jeera Rice!!

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Anonymous said...

wow, sure looks tasty with all that cream! and i love methi:)

amna said...

i am not a methi fan but all that cream.. yum! :)

zlamushka said...

i am not a cream fan, but the cashew nut green leaf combo, oh... I am sure would work just fine with skipping hte cream, eh ?

FH said...

I love Methi dishes and this looks fabulous to me!:))

Padma said...

Wow I was looking since so long for this recipe, I had this once at a restaurant in Mumbai

Preeti said...

what are my options if i don't get fresh methi? have you seen any frozen methi in the market?

Mansi said...

Hey Preeti, yes, some Indian stores do carry frozen methi. If you ge these, just thaw them first before using.

Sharmi said...

this is a very rich combination. I am tired of making dal and methi. this will be prefect.

Anonymous said...

the curry looks brilliant..a fabulous recipe with methi!

Chef Jeena said...

Mansi I love methi I use the dried fenugreek as we can't get fresh here. I bet fresh methi tasted wonderful in this recipe. :)

Anonymous said...

jeena, its easy to grow fenugreek from seeds. just sprinkle some in tray of seed raising mix, potting mix or soil, cover lightly and water. Place tray(s) in warm sunny spot,
check regularly and water if getting dry and in 10 days say, a great crop of leaves to harvest and enjoy.

Mansi said...

Thanks so much NOla, for these wonderful instructions about growing methi at home! I'm sure it'll help a lot of the readers here!!

Anonymous said...

hi, just came across your blog recently and completely love it. Tried the methi matar malai yesterday and it turned out just fabulous.

I thought I should let you know- it was much appreciated


Unknown said...

Mansi, You have a great blog. I was enjoying going through ur recipes. The methi matar looks delicious.Since Methi is always my favorite.Certainly going to try.


Anonymous said...

Hey.. I tried this recipe turned out great !

I have also put a link to this on my blog ->

Anonymous said...

hey...i tried this recipe and it turned out amazing...thanks for the wonderful blog...Juili

Sapna said...

I tried this recipie..came out just delicious..its always in my menu list for spl guests:)

Unknown said...

Mansi, I just wanted to say a heartfelt thanks to you for this recipe. I've cooked it couple of times when I had guests over and every single time have received compliments thanks to you! Once again, thanks and keep up the great work!!

sonal said...

Great Yesterday cooked this and My hubby said "This is best methi malai mattar I ever had "
Thanks a lot

Namrata said...

That was a wonderful recipe I was looking for some recipe where I can skip use of cream Thanks a lot for sharing Loved it