Methi Mutter Malai

Methi Mutter Malai

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methi mutter malai | fenugreek green peas curry | restaurant style methi malai matar | with 35 amazing images.

Think Punjabi main course, and this is one of the first dishes that comes to your mind! Methi Mutter Malai is a please-all dish. Right from kids to elders, everyone loves the creaminess and pleasant flavour of this fenugreek green peas curry.

The methi malai matar gravy has a mildly-sweet taste, which is complemented well by the addictive taste of fenugreek leaves. The freshly-ground spice mix gives the methi mutter malai a strong flavour and lingering aroma, while the wise use of poppy seeds and cashews gives it a lusciously creamy mouth-feel.

Fenugreek leaves and green peas together give you ample iron in restaurant style methi mutter malai, so this is a good way of topping up on the nutrient, especially for those who are normally fussy about eating green leafy veggies.

Have your restaurant style methi malai matar with some Punjabi Rotis and Parathas like lachha paratha or aloo kulcha.

Enjoy how to make methi mutter malai | fenugreek green peas curry | restaurant style methi malai matar with detailed step by step photos below.

Methi Mutter Malai recipe - How to make Methi Mutter Malai

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients


For Methi Mutter Malai
2 cups chopped fenugreek (methi) leaves
3/4 cup boiled green peas
salt to taste
3 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup fresh tomato pulp
1 1/4 cups milk
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp fresh cream

To Be Ground Into A Smooth Paste (using Little Water)
1/4 cup roughly chopped onions
2 green chillies , roughly chopped
25 mm piece ginger (adrak)
3 garlic (lehsun) cloves
1 tbsp broken cashewnuts (kaju)
2 tsp poppy seeds (khus-khus)

For The Dry Masala Powder (to Be Lightly Roasted and Powdered)
25 mm piece cinnamon (dalchini)
4 cloves (laung / lavang)
2 cardamoms (elaichi)
4 black peppercorns (kalimirch)
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)

Method
For methi mutter malai

    For methi mutter malai
  1. To make methi mutter malai, wash the fenugreek leaves, sprinkle ½ tsp of salt and keep aside for 15 minutes. Squeeze out the water and discard it.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a kadhai and add the cumin seeds.
  3. When the seeds crackle, add the fenugreek leaves and sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the fenugreek leaves and keep aside.
  4. Add the remaining 1 tbsp of oil in the same kadhai, add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes or till they turn translucent.
  5. Add the prepared paste, approx. 2 tbsp of water and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the tomato pulp and dry masala powder, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  7. Add the green peas, sautéed fenugreek, milk, sugar, salt and fresh cream and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  8. Serve the methi mutter malai hot.
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Creamy, rich paste for methi matar malai

  1. To make a paste for Methi Matar Malia, in a mixer grinder, take roughly chopped onions.
  2. Add around 2 roughly chopped green chillies. You can increase or decrease the quantity as per your preference. 
  3. Now add 1" piece ginger. Roughly chop the adrak so, that it blends well.
  4. Add garlic cloves to it.
  5. Add the broken cashewnuts. kaju helps in making the gravy creamier and richer.
  6. Add poppy seeds. Also, you can use melon seeds.
  7. Using approximately 2.5 tbsp of water, grind into a smooth paste.
  8. It looks like this after grinding. Keep the creamy, rich paste for methi matar malai aside.

Spice-mix for restaurant-style methi matar malai

  1. To make spice-mix for restaurant-style methi matar malai, in a small non-stick tadka pan, take 1" piece cinnamon.
  2. Add 4 cloves.
  3. Now add 2 cardamoms.
  4. Add the black peppercorns.
  5. Add the cumin seeds.
  6. Roast everything for 1-2 minutes till the spices turn light brown in colour and emit pleasant fragrance.
  7. Cool and blend into a fine powder in a mixer jar. The freshly ground spice-mix enhances the taste of the subzi and helps in making restaurant-style methi matar malai.

How to make Fenugreek Green Peas Curry

  1. Chop the fenugreek leaves. Approximately 3-3.5 cups of methi leaves make 2 cups of chopped methi.
  2. Wash the fenugreek leaves so that they are dirt/mud-free.
  3. Sprinkle ½ tsp of salt and mix well using your hands.
  4. Keep aside for 15 minutes. Squeeze out the water and discard it. With the drained juices, you get rid of the bitterness from methi leaves. 


  5. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a kadhai and add the cumin seeds. You can substitute oil with ghee/butter.
  6. When the seeds crackle, add the fenugreek leaves. Sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Remove the methi leaves and keep aside.
  8. Add the remaining 1 tbsp of oil in the same kadhai, add the onions.
  9. Sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes or till they turn translucent..
  10. Add the prepared paste and add approx. 2 tbsp of water and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  11. Add the tomato pulp.
  12. Now add the dry spice-mix.
  13. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  14. Add the green peas. If you are using fresh green peas then boil them in salted water until soft. If you are using frozen green peas then you can use them directly without cooking. Learn how to cook green peas in a microwave.
  15. Add the sautéed methi leaves.
  16. Add the milk. Milk along with cream and rich cashew paste gives Fenugreek green peas curry a pleasant flavour and amazing texture.
  17. Add the sugar and salt. Sugar provides the necesaary mildly sweet taste to methi matar malai.
  18. Add the fresh cream. The quantity of cream can be adjusted to taste and preference. Substitute with cashew cream if you are a vegan. For a lower calorie version, use more milk as compared to the quantity of cream.
  19. Cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Consistency of the gravy should be medium thick so adjust it by adding more or less water. Mix well and your North Indian methi matar malai sabzi is ready! 
  20. Serve methi matar malai sabzi hot with Punjabi reshmi parantha, kulchas or milk rice.

Reviews

Methi Mutter Malai
 on 16 Sep 19 03:52 PM
5

Tarla Dalal
18 Sep 19 03:36 PM
   Glad you liked the methi mutter malai recipe.
Methi Mutter Malai
 on 15 Jul 19 07:15 PM
5

I notice that you use a lot of MILK and Onion together in many of your recipies. Growing up i know it was a complete NO NO, in most households. Ask the elders memebers. they will not mix these 2 together. it causes lots of skin conditions. Neither do we in our family. Please confirm why you use this combination???
Tarla Dalal
16 Jul 19 03:53 PM
   According to Ayurveda, milk and onion shouldn''t be paired. So if you follow Ayurveda please avoid it. But this is an authentic Punjabi delicacy.
Methi Mutter Malai
 on 19 Aug 12 11:51 AM
5

Methi Mutter Malai
 on 31 Jan 12 10:17 AM
5

Wow!! says it all....excellent and superb
Foodie#409855
23 Jan 16 10:20 PM
   it is great recipe. But we have replaced milk with Soya milk. and it worked great. and more healthy