Main Course, One Pot Meals, Rice

Menthye Bataani Bhaath | Quick One Pot Meals | Karnataka Special dish

After yesterday’s Jain Style corn palak curry, today’s is a quick to make yet filling Satvik (no onion no garlic) one pot meal. I have memories of mom making this whenever mine or sister’s friends came over for extra group studies or even a casual luncheon.

Menthye bataani bhath (in Kannada, Menthye means fenugreek leaves, Bataani means peas and Bhaath means rice) or a spiced rice dish with fresh fenugreek leaves and fresh peas is a very aromatic and spicy one pot meal. Whats more, its Vegan and Gluten Free too 🙂

Paired with any raitha or just plain yoghurt / curd will make for a quick weekend / weekday meal.


Prep time – 10 mins , cook time -20 mins ; serves 2


  • Rice – 1 cup
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Fresh fenugreek leaves – 1 cup packed
  • Fresh / frozen peas – 1/3 cup
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
  • Jaggery – 1 tbsp
  • Amchur powder 1/2 tbsp OR tamarind paste 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

Spice powder *

  • Coriander seeds – 2 tbsp
  • Red chillies – 3 nos
  • Jeera / cumin – 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1/2 inch
  • Cloves – 2 / 3 nos
  • Dry grated coconut – 3 tbsp

* if you have readymade vangi bhath powder , use 2 TBSP of the same ; else you can make the spice powder indicated above.



  1. Cook rice as per variety you are using, once done, fluff it up in a flat plate and cool. Wash and chop fenugreek leaves well.
  2. Meanwhile roast all ingredients under spice powder in a tsp of oil one by one and powder then to a fine powder. Keep aside
  3. In a pan, heat oil, splutter mustard seeds, add turmeric and the chopped fenugreek leaves. Add a pinch of salt and sauté for 2-3 mins till slightly wilted.
  4. Now add the peas and let it cool covered for 5-6 mins with a sprinkling of water.
  5. Once the veggies are cooked, add the amchur / tamarind paste , Jaggery and the spice powder. Mix well. Now add the cooked rice and mix gently.
  6. Adjust salt and spices if required.
  7. Serve hot or warm with plain yoghurt or raita of your choice.


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  1. Love this delicious and easy to make rice with methi.

  2. cookingwithsapana

    I am drooling over the methi matar rice.Yummy!!

  3. Priya Suresh

    Fantastic and flavourful rice, love to have with some papads.

  4. Amara’s cooking

    Very flavorful rice. Love it.

  5. I like that flavour of methi leaves both dry and fresh once. Nice flavour full masala pow. And yeah good combination with curd….

  6. I know this to be a very flavorful rice.

  7. Chef Mireille

    what a spice packed flavorful rice

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