Methi matar malai recipe with video and step by step pics – Methi matar malai is a delicious and popular North Indian curry made with fenugreek leaves, peas and cream. It can be found in the menu of most North Indian or Punjabi restaurants.
This is a sure shot winner recipe. Its creamy, smooth, delicious and of course healthy too with the methi (fenugreek) and matar (green peas). This was so good, it will even beat the Matar methi malai served in restaurants.
Methi mutter malai recipe can be made in flat 30 to 35 minutes if you have the fenugreek leaves ready and chopped. You have to boil the peas first and when you are making the paste and frying it et all, you can keep the peas for cooking in a microwave or on the stove.
The recipe is good for kids too, especially if you want to feed them fenugreek. There is no bitterness or bitter taste. It is on the sweeter side due to the presence of cream, onions and cashews. Plus not at all spicy.
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This methi matar malai recipe was posted 5 years back. from the time I posted this recipe and till today, I have made this recipe many times and every time the recipe is a winner. If you have guests at home, then you can even double the recipe.
Serve methi matar malai with Indian flatbreads like naan or paratha or chapati or tandoori roti. It also goes well with plain boiled basmati rice or cumin rice.
How to make methi matar malai
1. In a grinder jar, add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds.
2. Then add ⅓ cup chopped onions.
3. Add ¼ cup cashews.
4. Next add 1 teaspoon chopped garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon ginger and 1 teaspoon green chilies.
5. Grind to a smooth paste. If you are not able to grind, then you can add some water while grinding.
Making methi mutter malai
6. Heat 2 tbsp ghee or oil in a pan or kadai and then add the paste to it.
7. Continue to saute the paste stirring often.
8. Saute till you see the oil releasing from the sides of the paste and the paste gathers around itself and leaves the sides of the pan. you don’t have to brown the paste. Stir often to ensure that the paste does not stick to the pan. If it does stick then add some water. To check the sautéing process, do check the video above.
9. Add 1 cup chopped fenugreek leaves (methi).
10: mix it well and saute for 2 to 3 minutes on low flame.
11. Next add ½ cup water or green peas stock in two parts. Green peas stock is the water in which the green peas were cooked. You can add water as required.
12. Mix very well.
13. Simmer the gravy for 3 to 4 mins.
14: next add ½ cup boiled matar or green peas. Though fresh green peas taste best, you can use frozen green peas too. For boiling green peas, just add them in enough water and cook till the peas are done. Do not throw away the water. Use the green peas stock instead of water.
15. Then add ½ cup light cream or low-fat cream. If using homemade malai, then whip chilled malai in a small blender or with a whisk till smooth.
TIP: For heavy or whipping cream, add ¼ cup of either.
16. Mix very well.
17. Simmer methi matar malai gravy for 5 to 6 minutes. stir at intervals.
18. Lastly add ½ teaspoon sugar and salt. Mix again and simmer for a minute. You can add less or more sugar as per your taste requirements or skip it altogether.
19. Serve methi matar malai.
20: garnish with coriander leaves and Serve Methi matar malai with Indian flatbread like naan or paratha or chapati. It also goes well with plain boiled basmati rice or cumin rice.
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Methi Matar Malai
For the paste
- ⅓ cup chopped onions or 1 medium-sized onion
- ¼ cup cashews
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic or 4 to 5 medium-sized garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon chopped ginger or 1 inch ginger
- 1 teaspoon chopped green chilies or serrano peppers or 1 to 2 green chilies
- 2 tablespoons Ghee (clarified butter) or oil
- 1 cup chopped fenugreek leaves (methi leaves)
- ½ cup water or the stock/water of boiled green peas - add as required
- ½ cup green peas - boiled or steamed
- ½ cup light cream or low fat cream, check notes below for whipping or heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon sugar or add as required
- salt as required
- 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons green peas boiled or steamed - optional
Preparing the ground paste
- In a grinder jar, add cumin seeds, chopped onions, cashews, garlic, ginger and green chilies.
- Blend or grind to a smooth paste withput adding any water.
- If you are not able to blend, then you can add 1 to 2 tablespoons water.
- For cooking the green peas, you can either boil them in a pan with 1.5 cups water for 7 to 8 minutes until tender or steam them in an Instant pot for 3 to 5 minutes.
- You can boil them in a stove-top pressure cooker for 5 to 6 minutes. Reserve ½ cup of the cooked water if you have boiled the peas.
Sautéing ground paste
- Heat ghee (clarified butter) or oil in a pan or kadai.
- When the ghee melts or becomes lightly hot, add the ground paste.
- Sauté the paste for 6 to 7 minutes on a low heat until you see the fat separating from the sides.
- Stir often when sautéing so that the paste does not stick to the pan. You should see fat releasing from the sides and the paste will also have a nice aroma.
- You will see the paste coming together and becoming glossy. Do not brown the paste.
- If the ground paste sticks to the pan or gets browned add a few splashes of water. Mix, deglaze and continue to sauté.
Making methi matar malai
- Add in the chopped fenugreek leaves and sauté further for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Then add ½ cup water or the stock/water in which the green peas were cooked in two parts. Mix thoroughly and simmer the gravy for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir at intervals.
- Add the boiled peas and cream.
- Simmer the gravy for 5 to 6 minutes on a low heat.
- Finally add the sugar and salt. Mix again.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and serve methi matar malai hot or warm with naan, paratha or roti.
- If using fresh homemade cream or malai: Freeze the cream and then whip it till it becomes smooth and soft. Don't add warm malai or without whipping it as this won't give you a good creamy texture. I used ready made amul fresh cream but you can get the same results with fresh malai. You don't need to whip or beat the cream if you are using ready made cream.
- If the fenugreek leaves are too bitter - chop the fenugreek leaves and take them in a bowl. Sprinkle some salt and mix very well. Keep aside for 15 minutes. Then squeeze the fenugreek leaves in your palms. The bitter juices go away this way.
- If adding whipping cream or heavy cream - When you include whipping cream or heavy cream in the recipe, then add ¼ cup of either.
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