November 23, 2012

Aloo Methi - Methi Aloo Recipe (Dry)-Potatoes with Fenugreek Leaves

Aloo Methi-Methi Aloo Recipe

I had some methi leaves left over after making Methi Pulao and decided to try Aloo Methi with it. I also had one fresh corn cob and decided to throw that in too. Nothing like bringing together some fresh vegetable wilting away in the fridge, eh?

I love making dry curries with aloo, especially using Russet potatoes. They cook very fast and turn almost creamy when they are done which tastes fantastic with both rotis and rice. Throw in some methi leaves for the bitterness and corn for the sweetness and you have a winner. I really resent Kerala not taking up to methi leaves more, imagine all the methi I could have eaten if I'd started young!
Other methi (fenugreek leaves) recipes you may wish to try - methi matar malai, methi thepla, methi pakoda, methi yogurt curry, methi sambar, methi dal, and this spiced methi paratha.

Aloo Methi-Methi Aloo Recipe

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients for Aloo Methi:
2 large potatoes
1 cup of packed methi leaves, picked off the stems and washed
6-8 shallots (chinna vengaayam, ulli)
1 tbsp of oil
1/4 tsp of black mustard seeds
1/2 tsp of crushed cumin seed (jeera)
1-2 tsp of coriander powder
1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
2 tsp of red chilli powder (adjust to taste)
1/4 tsp of hing (asafoetida, perungaayam)
1 tsp of salt
1/3 cup of shaved or canned corn (optional)

How to make Aloo Methi:

1. Peel and cut the potatoes into bite-sized cubes. Shave the corn off the cob if using fresh corn (or if using at all). Slice the shallots or use an onion instead to make things quicker.
Aloo Methi-Methi Aloo Recipe
2. Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds.
Aloo Methi-Methi Aloo Recipe
3. When they start to pop, add the shallots, potatoes and corn. Stir well.
Aloo Methi-Methi Aloo Recipe
4. After 3-4 mins, add the methi leaves. Mix again and let it cook for another 2-3 mins, stirring occasionally.
Aloo Methi-Methi Aloo Recipe
5. Then add the cumin, coriander, chilli, and turmeric along with the hing. Mix well to combine. Cook on low heat for another 5-6 mins at which time the potatoes will turn soft.
Aloo Methi-Methi Aloo Recipe
6. Add salt. Mix and continue to cook until the potatoes are cooked through.
Aloo Methi-Methi Aloo Recipe
Serve hot with rice and rasam or rotis. I especially like dry sabzis with roti and curd, there's just something nice about that.

Aloo Methi-Methi Aloo Recipe

This particular night, we had hot aloo methi with coconut milk rasam, rice and microwaved appalam.

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  1. i love the adding corn part :) i use to do this :)some times i just boil it and have with my curd rice :)

  2. Especially loved the addition of corn..Perfect blend of tastes.I wish I could grab the first click from screen.

  3. Wow !!! love the addition of corn....

  4. The corn was a surprise , and a winner I suppose.
    Yeah , I do not understand why we do not use much methi leaves here in Kerala though occasionally now I can see some local street vendors selling them. The russet potatoes make me drool, have never had them and the pictures and ur description .. so drool worthy :)

  5. Always a winning combo. Love the addition of corn in this.

  6. Lovely recipe and love the color combinations :)

  7. Corn in aloo methi sounds truly wonderful,beautiful combo.

  8. hey nags, iam completely awed by u man, how do u find time doin so much in a day? i regularly follow u so i know u upload atleast 4 recipes in a week and u go to work, take care of family and be happy. hats off to you :)

  9. Yumm, love everything in the dish. Every saturday we have a stir fry with all the leftover veggies in the fridge before shopping for fresh ones on Sunday.

  10. Aloo methi is absolute favorite and I just love eating it. But loved your twist with the corn on it. Looks delicious.

  11. Tried this last week and I absolutely loved it.I microwaved the potatoes first to make it faster. It had such a lovely north indian flavour and since i love corn, added quite a bit of that. Surely a keeper :)

  12. Hi,I made this dish twice and it came out very well. I had been following another recipe for this dish;but, I recommend this recipe now:)Both my children loved it and of course,my hubby ,too.

    Thank you,Nags!

    I also tried the onion-tomato chutney and vermicelli upma. Both turned out very well.Many more to try and comments will follow:)


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