Saturday, March 26, 2011

Methi Matar Malai

Methi Matar malai, it is a tempting quick vegetable recipe with fresh and finely chopped Fenugreek/methi leaves, peas, cream, spice powders and green coriander leaves.


Fenugreek /Methi leaves - 1 cup, chopped
Fresh green peas - 1 cup
Onion - 1 chopped
Oil - 2 tbsp
Jeera - ½ tsp
Tomatoes - 2 large
Low fat milk - 1 cup
Sugar - ½ tsp
Salt to taste
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp

Masala Paste:
Onion - 1
Green chillies - 4
Ginger - 1" piece
Garlic - 3 cloves
Cashew - 2 tbsp, chopped
Poppy seeds - 2 tsp


1.       Wash the fenugreek leaves and add ½ tsp. of salt, wait for 15 minutes and then squeeze out the water. Put the tomato in hot water for 10 minutes, remove and blend into a puree.
2.       Soak cashew and poppy seeds in ¼ cup warm water and leave aside for 15 minutes. Blend these soaked ingredients with onion, green chillies, ginger, garlic to smooth paste.
3.       Heat 2 tbsp. oil, add cumin seeds and fry until they crackle, add the fenugreek and cook for 3-4 minutes. remove the fenugreek.leaves
4.       Heat another tbsp of oil in a kadai add chopped onions and fry till golden brown. Add the masala paste and fry well till the raw aroma disappears.
5.       Now add the pureed tomatoes, garam masala and fry. Add green peas, fried methi leaves, milk, sugar, salt and ¼ cup water. Cook covered till thick and saucy.
6.       Transfer Methi-Matar Malai to serving dish and drizzle little cream on top if desired and serve hot with any Indian bread or flavored Rice and enjoy.