Saturday, July 14

Methi matar malai

Punjabi cuisine is popular not only in other states of India butallover the world too.Tandoori chicken, stuffed parathas,paneer dishes, lassi,naans, dal curries are my favourite punjabi dishes(sure to be the favorites for most people). I have never been to punjab , don't have a punjabi friend either but love most of their dishes. Taken back by the taste of their rich and creamy gravies, I used to try cooking a few dishes at my home and now many has become regular.I was really surprised to read that punjabis cook rice occasionlly.... Read more abt their cuisine here.

Methi matar malai was one dish I wanted to try for a long time, but I was not sure how it would taste, as methi is a bit bitter,and as I had not tasted this dish before...
But beleive me tasted sooooo good and I liked the richness in it.

This is my contribution to the RCI punjab Hosted by Richa of 'As dear as Salt'.


Methi leaves- 1 bunch cleaned and chopped finely
peas- 2 cups
Heavy or light cream- 1/2 cup
milk- 1/4 cup
oil- 2tbsp
ghee/butter- 1 tbsp
cumin seeds- 1/4 tsp
kasoori methi- 1/2 tsp
kitchen king masala- 1/2 tsp
salt- acc to taste

to grind

onion- 1 chopped roughly
poppy seeds- 1 tsp
cashews- 5
ginger- 1" piece
curd- 1 tbsp
turmeric powder- a pinch
green chillies- 5
cinnamon- 1 small piece
cardomom - 1
cloves- 3


Heat ghee and oil in a pan and add cumin seeds, when it turns golden add the ground paste.
Fry for 3 to 5 mins till the raw smell of the onion disappears . Add the chopped methi leaves and peas. Fry for some time and then add the cream+ milk. Allow it to boil and add kasoori methi and kitchen king masala. Simmer the flame , cover it with a lid for 5 to 10 mins till the peas and methi are well cooked.Serve hot with rotis or parathas.


U can omit kasoori methi and kitchen king masala if u do not have it, but adding that gives a very nice flavour to the dish and tastes like restaurant food.


Suma Gandlur said...

Your curry looks delicious. Great entry. Somehow, I think these malai wale curries are too rich for my South Indian palate. :)

J said...

Your dish looks great Prema!

Coffee said...

Thats looks absolutely Yummy Prema! :D

Jyothi said...

Hi Prema! what a great dish for entry! looks yummy, delicious and very rich too. Thanks for sharing.

archana said...

The colour is lovely green. Looks too tasty. Nice recipe and good entry :)

Suganya said...

I tried another version of this recipe from Mahanandi. Ain't that a creamy and luscious gravy.

sra said...

I haven't seen such a pretty, totally green gravy ever!

FH said...

Excellent looking gravy Prema.YUM!! I am waiting for the round up ,so I can save the whole post!:))

bee said...

simply gorgeous. must have tasted divine.

Bong Mom said...

Looks great Prema

sra said...

Prema, have tagged you for a meme, details on my blog

Sharmi said...

that looks real creamy and rich. the cream will be whipped or not. how do you use them?

Roopa said...

yum i just made this last week too! great entry... love the flavours

SeeC said...

Hi Prema,
It is nice to know your blog. Excellent collection.

Malai curry looks yummy and delicious. I will definitely try it.
Thanks for the post

Padma said...

Hi Prema, Thanks for visiting my blog, your methi malai looks creamy and yummy and the color is so lovely and fresh and a very good entry, thanks

USHA said...

Hi Prema,

Thats a perfect entry for RCI- Punjab...looks rich ..delicious...

Linda said...

Oooh, that looks so rich and yummy Prema! I would love to have that for supper :)

Srivalli said... have been tagged

play if you have time.


Suganya said...

This is my fav....Love it.....nice colour...

Prema Sundar said...

Thanks everyone for visiting my blog and leaving ur valuable comments.
Sharmi I just bought a small carton of shoprite's ultra pasteurised heavy cream.. u can find light cream too. u dont need to whip them, just use it.
Thanks SRA and Srivalli for tagging me.. I think I will play it next week..

Richa said...

gravy looks so rich & creamy :) the combination of methi & cream is just so tasty!
thanks for this wonderful entry :)

Supriya said...

Hi Prema,

I am a first timer here...I have been wanting to cook methi matar malai forever...have 1 query though...I looked in Walmart and found sour it the same as heavy or light cream that u mention?...cant wait to get ur reply so I can cook asap!

Supriya H

Sia said...

methi matar is such a beautiful combination and u r right abt adding kasoori methis enhances its flavour.
i loved that picture of watermelons in ur previous post prema. been busy all these days, so couldn't come n leave comment:(

DEEPA said...

prema ....i also made methi matar malai one day husband favrt ...Thks for sharing

Rekha said...


This is the first time to ur blog... I never heard of this combo... really looks different and yummy!


Jayashree said...

Methi...mattar...and malai....three ingredients with which you can't go wrong....your dish looks delicious!!!

Anonymous said...

That is looking great. Nice entry.

Athika said...

Nice combination of matar and methi, looks delicious. Thank you for sharing will try out sometime

Prema Sundar said...

Supriya , Sour cream is not same as heavy cream. I bought ultra pasteurised heavy cream from Walmart. I think u get this in Indian stores or regular grocery stores too. said...

Really like this recipe. bookmarked!


Supriya said...

I finally got around to picking heavy cream from the supermarket (found it next to milk) and made this. I omitted kasoor methi and kitchen king masala and also added less still turned out well. thanks Prema!

Supriya H

Raj said...

Thanks to you!! I was able to make a very tasty dish with methi.

Pushpa said...

This is a great recipe. I tried it couple of days back and turned out to be wonderful. Thank you.

Aarti said...

Girl..u rockkkk...
this one turned out yummmmmmmm....
i m following ur blog..hope u don mind..?

Geethakrishnan said...

This one also came out really good. Thanks!

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