|Methi Matar Malai with Methi Thepla|
The methi matar malai you get in restaurants has a white base since most don’t add tomatoes. I wanted a bit to give my version a bit of tang so used a bit of canned tomato sauce which lends itself well to a smooth gravy for the curry. You can definitely omit the tomatoes. I also didn’t add too much masala to the methi matar malai, deciding to keep it simple and let the flavours of the methi, peas, and base spices ingredients shine through.
METHI MATAR MALAI RECIPE
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
1/2 cup of onions, cubed
1/2 cup of onions, sliced thin
2-3 cloves of garlic
1″ piece of ginger
2 green chillies
1 tsp of jeera or cumin seeds
1/3 cup of canned tomato sauce or 1/2 cup pureed tomato – optional
3 tbsp of magaz or melon seeds or 1/4 cup cashew nuts, soaked in water for 15 mins
2 cups of packed methi or fenugreek leaves
1/2 cup of green peas
1 cup of milk
1 tsp of garam masala or Kitchen King masala
2 tsp of ghee or butter or oil
1. Grind together the cubed onions, green chillies, ginger, and garlic to a smooth paste.
Add the magaz or cashew nuts and grind further to a smooth paste, adding a few spoonfuls of water.
2. Heat the ghee (or butter or oil) in a pan and add the cumin seeds. When they splutter and turn fragrant, add the sliced onions and sauté until lightly browned.
3. Add the ground paste and tomato sauce (if using) to this and simmer for 3-4 mins.
4. Meanwhile, pick the leaves of the methi and wash well. Chop roughly and add to the simmering paste along with the green peas (matar).
5. Add the milk and some salt. Mix well.
6. Cook covered for about 10 mins until the peas is cooked soft.
7. Uncover and add the garam masala and more salt if needed.
8. Mix and remove from fire. If the gravy is too thick, add more water or milk and bring to boil again before removing from flame. If too watery, you can simmer it longer but remember that the gravy will thicken as it sits.
- Methi matar malai is a lovely blend of sweet + bitter + salty. Adding a pinch of sugar won’t be a bad idea but mostly the sweetness will come from the onions
- Use frozen methi leaves if you can’t find any fresh ones. You can also use kasuri methi soaked in water instead of the fresh leaves. Reduce quanity to about 1 cup if so since dried methi leaves are much more intense in flavour than the fresh leaves
- You can, of course, omit the magaz or cashews and add cream in the end along with the garam masala to make restaurant-style methi matar malai