Sunday, September 23, 2007

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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