I’ve been longing to make this amazing north indian dish but wasn’t sure of how will the outcome be. I always thought methi leaves (fenugreek leaves) to be bitter in taste and was skeptical but finally I overcame my fear and totally in love with this superb dish.
Methi Matar Malai is a rich creamy and a healthy gravy made using methi leaves and peas. All the flavors in the dish compliments each other and the very thought is making my mouth water. This dish goes amazingly well with parathas, nan, kulcha and even rice. It is a must make dish during winters when we can have the fresh greens.
Here’s how to make the dish –
PREPARATION TIME : 40 minutes
SERVES : 4
2 cups – fenugreek leaves (chopped and blanced for 3 minutes)
1 cup – peas
3/4 cup – milk
1/2 cup – cream
1/2 tsp – coriander powder
1/4 tsp – dry mango powder/amchur (optional)
1/4 tsp – sugar
2 tbsp – ghee or oil
salt to taste
TO BE GRINDED TO PASTE –
2 – onions (boiled)
1/4 cup almonds (blanched and peeled) 1/4 cup – cashews
2 tsp – poppy seeds
4 – garlic cloves
2 – green chillies
1/2 ” – cinnamon stick
2 – green cardamom
2 – cloves
1 tsp – cumin seeds
4 – peppercorns
a pinch on mace powder
Heat oil or ghee in a kadhai.
Add the paste and cook for 5-6 minutes, till it releases the oil.
Add coriander powder, amchur, milk and peas. Mix well. Cook for about 5 minutes.
Now add salt, sugar, methi leaves and cream, and cook for more 2-3 minutes.
You can omit the dry mango powder and use lemon juice at the end.
I’ve used Amul cream here. You can also use fresh cream. Just whisk it well before using.
If the consistency of the gravy is too thick, adjust accordingly using milk or water.