Saturday, April 3, 2010

Methi Matar Malai

Pin It Now! Yes, she's finally here. My sister I mean. Its been 2 days and am really having a good time with her. Chatting ,remembering old times , shopping and........ cooking ofcourse!
This weekend we went for a picnic at a nearby park with some other friends of mine. It was a gorgeous day. Not very hot or cold just perfect. A sizzling barbecue, a few friends and a cool drink. What more does one want on a weekend !
On the kitchen front too I had a good time making some Methi Matar Malai. A dish I wanted to try for sometime now. It was one my favorites at the restaurants in Pune including the famous paratha place Chaitanyas. I tried out this recipe from the blog - Cook in a blog world.

 I followed the recipe closely making some substtitutions with the ingredients on hand. Here is my version of the recipe :-

1. Thaw 1C of frozen peas. I did this in the microwave. Wash and chup around 1-1.5C of fresh methi leaves.

2. Roast and grind the foll. for the dry masala :-
     1/2'' cinnamon stick
     2 cloves
     2 small bayleave
     3 tbsp cashews
     1 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
     1/2 serrano pepper ( or you can use any other green chillies of your choice )

3. Heat 2 tbsp of oil and add 1 heaped tbsp of ginger-garlic taste. Fry for 2-3 min.

4. Add 1 medium chopped onion and fry till it gets a light brown color. To this add 1/2 tsp chilli powder.

5. Add the methi and cover and cook for a minute till methi is cooked.

6. Then add the peas and mix on high till the oil separates and mixture is well roasted.Add salt to taste.

7. Add around 1C of whole milk or 1/2C cream.Add water or more milk to get desired consistency. Heat for 2 mins.

8. Serve hot with some rotis or rice.

The curry had me thrilled to bits.Believe me if you have methi at home then you have to make this dish. Its the perfect combination of spices. Its not too spicy rather creamy and sweet perfect for kids. We simply loved it and am sure it will be regular on our weeknight menu henceforth.

A generous helping of this curry goes to the event Blog Bytes - The Copy Cat edition by Nupur of One Hot Stove.
Enjoy your weekend or rather what's left of it.


Nupur said...

That looks so delicious. Thanks for your participation!

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