I love fenugreek - in both dried and fresh forms. Thankfully my family does too - and we are lucky to have access to fresh fenugreek (menthye soppu in kannada, venthaya keerai in tamil, methi bhaji in hindi) through the year. A rich source of calcium and folic acid, we especially love Methi Rice, Grilled Methi Bhakri Pizza, Methi Kadhi, Kadai Methi Matar, Aloo-Methi stir fry and a rustic Menthe Kattina saaru (fenugreek leaves-dal broth) that mom makes amazingly well :-) :-))
Its been 50 months since we at Blogging Marathon (BM) family got together. We had a lovely meet with most of the India-based bloggers last week.
This week, as part of BM # 50, we have fenugreek leaves as the theme. First in this series, is a low-cal and low fat version of the popular restaurant dish Methi Matar Malai. Simply translated it means fenugreek and peas simmered in a rich creamy gravy. As usual, I knew there would be no takers for such a creamy dish at home, so used non fatty substitutes for a yummy meal. Even my FIL who is generally taciturn approved of this dish, and asked for second helpings. So, thats saying a lot I guess.
Notes: we made this once with onions and once without. Both were equally tasty.
Prep time : 15 mins | Cook time : 20 mins | Serves : 4
Methi matar Malai - low fat version : Fenugreek leaves and peas in creamy gravy
- Fresh fenugreek - 1.5 cups (packed)
- Onions - 1 medium
- Green chillies - 1 no
- Fresh or frozen peas (I used the former) - 1/2 cup
- Oil - 2 tbsp
- Jeera - cumin seeds 1 tsp (optional)
- Garam masala - 1 tsp
- Red chilli powder - 1/2 TBSP (or to taste)
- Sugar - 1 tsp (optional)
- Salt - to taste
- Low fat milk - 2 cups
- Onions - 1 medium (or 1/2 large)
- oil - 1 tbsp
- Cinnamon stick - 1/2 inch
- Garlic pods - 2 - 3
- Ginger - 1 inch
- Green chilly - 2 or 3
- Elaichi / cardamom - 1 pod
- poppy seeds- 1 tsp
- cashew nuts - 8 to 10
- Wash, sort and chop methi leaves finely. Drain well. In a pan, heat oil. splutter jeera and saute onions. Add chopped green chillies and methi leaves, fresh peas and saute on a low flame for 5-9 mins till they wilt gradually. Cool.
- In another pan, heat 1 tsp of oil , and saute all the ingredients of the gravy one by one. cool and make a paste with minimal water.
- Add this paste back to the sauteed methi leaves and mix well on a low flame till raw smell if any disappear. add salt, garam masala, red chilli powder, sugar and half of the milk and let it lightly simmer. Check for taste, add more milk if required for a slightly runny gravy.
- Serve warm with rotis and a green salad