Methi Rice Recipe (Methi pulao)

Methi rice recipe or methi pulao recipe – healthy rice dish made from fenugreek leaves and flavored with few basic spices.

Methi Rice Recipe | Methi pulao recipe | Fenugreek Leaves Rice

Fenugreek leaves has faint bitter taste. We like this methi flavors so I use the leaves as such. But if you don’t like the bitter flavor, you can reduce the bitterness of methi leaves. Take chopped leaves in a colander, sprinkle some salt and keep it aside for 10 minutes, Then squeeze out all the water, with this water bitter taste is also flushed. Now use squeezed leaves in the recipe.

This is one of our family favorite rice dish recipe. Dear hubby wants this in his lunch box every week. I make this for him once a week whenever methi leaves are in season. I also keep some for myself for the lunch.

Fresh methi is easily available in nearby Indian grocery store where I live. So I have used fresh methi leaves for making this rice. But when methi is not in season and fresh one is not available, I have made it using frozen fenugreek leaves also. If using frozen the defrost them and squeeze out the water before adding in the recipe.

For making this methi pulao, few basic spices are added. Meaning this is slightly spicy pulao. Sometimes I do make mild methi pulao recipe similar to veg pulao. I will share that version soon.

Please adjust the red chili powder and green chilies, if making for your kids.

Check out more methi leaves recipes
Methi dal  //  Aloo methi  //  Methi paratha  //  Methi gota


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


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1) First cook the rice, To get 3 cups of cooked rice, you will need ¾ to 1 cup of raw rice. Here I have shared how to cook basmati rice. Let the rice cool down slightly and then use in the recipe. Alternately you can use leftover rice.

2) Also pluk the methi leaves, measure to 3 cups. Then wash it very well and chop them. Also chop onion, tomato and green chili.

3) Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add cumin seeds. Let them sizzle.

4) Then add whole spices (bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves and cardamom). Saute for about 30 seconds and you will get nice aroma from the spices.
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5) Then add ginger paste, garlic paste and chopped green chilies. Cook for 30-40 seconds or till the raw smell of ginger-garlic goes away.

6) Then add chopped onions. Add salt to speed up the cooking process. Be careful while adding salt, if your cooked rice has already salt in it.
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7) Let the onion cook till it gets translucent and pink.

8) Then add chopped tomatoes. Also add spice powders (cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder and turmeric powder).
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9) Mix it well and let it cook for 2-3 minutes or till tomatoes get soft slightly, but not mushy.

10) Then add chopped methi leaves and mix it well. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
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11) Add cooked rice.

12) Mix it very gently till everything is incorporated well. Make sure not to break the rice grains.
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Methi rice or methi pulao is ready to serve.

Serving suggestion: Serve with plain yogurt or any raita recipe. This rice is perfect for the lunchbox. Do pack some yogurt or raita or roasted papad in separate container.

Methi Rice Recipe | Methi pulao recipe | Fenugreek Leaves Rice

Methi Rice Recipe | Methi pulao recipe | Fenugreek Leaves Rice
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Methi rice recipe (Methi pulao recipe)

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

  • 3 cups Cooked Rice
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 Cloves
  • ½ inch Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Green cardamoms
  • ½ teaspoon Ginger paste or freshly grated or crushed
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic paste or freshly grated
  • 1 Green chilies chopped finely
  • ½ of medium or ½ cup Onion chopped
  • 1 small or ½ cup Tomato chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 cups Fenugreek leaves (Methi leaves) plucked, measured, washed and chopped

Instructions

Preparation and Cooking the rice:

  1. To get 3 cups of cooked rice, you will need ¾ to 1 cup of raw rice.
  2. Let the rice cool down slightly and then use in the recipe.
  3. Alternately you can use leftover rice.
  4. Also pluck the methi leaves, measure to 3 cups. Then wash it very well and chop them.
  5. Also chop onion, tomato and green chili.

Making methi rice recipe:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add cumin seeds. Let them sizzle.
  2. Then add whole spices. Saute for about 30 seconds.
  3. Then add ginger paste, garlic paste and chopped green chilies. Cook for 30-40 seconds.
  4. Then add chopped onions and salt. Let the onion cook till it gets translucent and soft.
  5. Then add chopped tomatoes. Also add spice powders.
  6. Mix it well and let it cook for 2-3 minutes or till tomatoes get soft slightly, but not mushy.
  7. Then add chopped methi leaves and mix it well. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Add cooked rice. Mix it very gently till everything is incorporated well.
  9. Cook for 2 minutes and turn off the stove.

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