Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Green peas and fenugreek leaves curry

Fenugreek (methi in Hindi, uluva in Malayalam, Menthyam in Tamil) makes a frequent appearance in Indian cuisine both as a herb and a spice. It has a characteristic odour and a slightly bitter taste. In my home, the seeds soaked in curd/buttermilk are used as a digestive aid and to cure an upset stomach. The seeds are also said to boost milk production in lactating mothers.
The curry that I have here today is a very simple yet flavourful preparation that goes well with rotis. The peas have been added to balance out the bitterness of the methi leaves. You can choose to leave them out.

What you need:
Fresh fenugreek leaves - 1 cup, chopped
Green peas - 1/2 cup (raw, cooked or semi-cooked)
Tomato -1
Onion - 2 medium sized
Ginger - a small piece
Garlic - 3 cloves
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp (optional)
Oil - 1 tsp

Add some salt to the chopped fenugreek leaves. Mix well and set aside.
Puree the tomato, onion, ginger and garlic.
Heat a tsp of oil. Add the puree to it and boil until the raw smell goes off.
Add salt, sugar, garam masala, red chilli powder, and turmeric powder. Mix well.
Stir in the peas. If you are using raw or semi-cooked peas, add some water and boil until the peas are cooked but not mushy.
Squeeze all the water out of the fenugreek leaves and stir it into the curry. Boil for 3-4 minutes or until the leaves just start to wilt.
Serve hot with rotis.
This is my entry to Weekend Herb Blogging hosted by Kalyn of Kalyn's Kitchen.


Asha said...

Great combo, I planted some Methi for the third time!:))

Kalyn said...

Sounds interesting. I haven't had fenugreek leaves, and would love to taste this dish.

easycrafts said...

That would have tasted great with hot rotis...will try soon, thanks for the idea

sra said...

Add some cream and you have methi malai mutter! I use methi only in dal and v rarely in other dishes.

Jaya said...

Lovely combo and looks so interesting......
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Maheswari said...

nice combo..perfect for roti..

srikars kitchen said...

good combination and i will try ... great click

SpicyTasty said...

I've tried methi leaves once and I love the taste of it. Your combination is really unique and love to try this next time. Nice recipe.

Vanamala said...

Really nice curry J :)

Kalai said...

Yummy dish!! Looks delicious with rotis! :)

sowmya said...

hey that looks so nice..nice picture..

KALVA said...

Lovely duo...

Jude said...

I love the bitterness that fenugreek imparts to dishes. I don't have to many recipes for it so thanks!