Methi matar malai recipe

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Methi matar malai recipe is a North Indian dish. As the name says it is made from methi (fenugreek leaves), matar (green peas) and malai (heavy cream).

Methi Matar Malai Recipe | How to make methi malai matar

It is very flavorful and aromatic dish with creamy, smooth and delicious gravy. Aromatic because we have sauteed whole spices along with onions and ground them into paste. It is creamy because of the cashew nuts and heavy cream in it. And of course it is delicious.

This dish has tiny bit of sweet taste because of cream and onions. And it combines well with slight bitterness of the methi. 

Remember this curry is not too bitter because we have removed 80% of the bitterness of the methi in the recipe by sprinkling some salt over it and squeezing out the liquid.

Methi Matar Malai Recipe | How to make methi malai matar

Methi malai matar is also served in many restaurants. I do enjoy it once in a while. But we order paneer based dishes more often.

It has totally different taste and flavor compare to usual punjabi gravies which has onion-tomato based gravy like kadai paneer, matar paneer, aloo gobi matar, capsicum curry.

I and dear husband loved it and enjoyed it with ajwain paratha. Here in USA we get methi all year around, so I do make this methi mutter malai very often. Hope you enjoy this as much as we do.

Check out more methi recipes
Methi paratha  //  Methi rice  //  Aloo methi  //  Methi malai paneer


How to make methi matar malai (Step by Step Recipe with Photos):


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1) Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add whole spices (cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, cardamom). Saute them for a minute or till you get nice aroma of the spices.

2) Then saute ginger, garlic and green chilies for 40 seconds.
Methi Matar Malai Recipe | How to make methi malai matar

3) Mix in onions.

4) Cook them till they are soft and translucent. Let it cool down a bit.
Methi Matar Malai Recipe | How to make methi malai matar

5) Pluck the methi leaves, measure 2 cups then wash very well. sprinkle some salt over it and keep it aside for 10 minutes.

6) After 10 minutes squeeze out all the water from methi using your hand. This is the trick to get rid of the bitterness of the methi. Chop the leaves finely.
Methi Matar Malai Recipe | How to make methi malai matar

7) Meanwhile boil the green peas in pressure cooker or cook them in microwave. How I did: take peas in microwave safe bowl, add 2-3 tablespoons of water, add tiny bit of salt. Cover the bowl and microwave it for 4 minutes. If using frozen peas then cook for 4 minutes. If using fresh peas the cook for longer time approx. 7-8 minutes. Time may vary depends in your microwave.

8) By this time onion mixture is cooled down. Add this to a blender along with cashew nuts.
Methi Matar Malai Recipe | How to make methi malai matar

9) Grind into a smooth paste.

10) Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat in the same pan. Once hot add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
Methi Matar Malai Recipe | How to make methi malai matar

11) Then add prepared onion paste.

12) Cook till all the moisture evaporates and it starts to leave the sides of the pan.
Methi Matar Malai Recipe | How to make methi malai matar

13) Add remaining salt and garam masala. Be careful while adding salt because we add salt to methi as well as to green peas.

14) Mix well and cook for a minute.
Methi Matar Malai Recipe | How to make methi malai matar

15) Add green peas and chopped methi leaves.

16) Mix well and cook for 2 minutes.
Methi Matar Malai Recipe | How to make methi malai matar

17) Add water and let it come to a boil.

18) Stir in the cream.
Methi Matar Malai Recipe | How to make methi malai matar

19) Let it simmer for 3-4 minutes.

20) Now methi matar malai is ready to serve.
Methi Matar Malai Recipe | How to make methi malai matar

Serving suggestion: Serve methi matar malai with roti or paratha or naan. It can be served with plain rice or jeera rice too. I like to have pickle or onion lachha on side.

Methi Matar Malai Recipe | How to make methi malai matar

Methi Matar Malai Recipe | How to make methi malai matar
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Methi matar malai recipe

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

For the onion paste:

  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • ¼ inch Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Cloves
  • 2 Green cardamoms
  • 2 Black peppercorns
  • 1 Green chilies chopped
  • ½ inch Ginger chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic chopped
  • 1 cup Onion roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Cashew nuts

For methi matar malai recipe:

  • 1 ½ cups Green peas boiled or microwaved
  • 2 cups Fenugreek leaves (methi leaves) plucked the leaves, measured and then washed
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Water
  • ¼ cup Heavy whipping cream or fresh cream or malai

Instructions

Preparation:

  1. Boil the green peas in pressure cooker or cook them in microwave.
  2. Pluck the methi leaves, measure 2 cups then wash very well.
  3. sprinkle some salt over it and keep it aside for 10 minutes.
  4. After 10 minutes squeeze out all the water from methi using your hand. This is the trick to get rid of the bitterness of the methi.
  5. Chop the leaves finely. Keep it aside

Making paste:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add whole spices. Saute them for a minute.
  2. Then saute ginger, garlic and green chilies for 40 seconds.
  3. Mix in onions. Cook them till they are soft and translucent. Let it cool down a bit.
  4. Once cooled add this to a blender along with cashew nuts.
  5. Grind into a smooth paste.

Making methi matar malai recipe:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat in the same pan. Once hot add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
  2. Then add prepared onion paste. Cook till all the moisture evaporates and it starts to leave the sides of the pan.
  3. Add remaining salt and garam masala. Mix well and cook for a minute.
  4. Add green peas and chopped methi leaves. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes
  5. Add water and let it come to a boil.
  6. Stir in the cream.
  7. Let it simmer for 3-4 minutes and then turn off the stove.

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