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Saturday, 20 February 2016

Methi Matar Malai Recipe

Methi Matar Malai is a popular North Indian dish. As the name suggest it is a creamy gravy made with Methi ( Fenu greek) and Matar ( Green Peas ). The dish is fragrant and very delicious, as it uses the fresh ground spices.

There are many variations to this dish. Tomatoes can also be used in the gravy, but then color of the dish changes. Today i am sharing my version of this Methi Matar Malai. Usually Cashew nut paste is added to gravy. But i always prefer Almonds over Cashews and hence replaced them, You can used blanched Almonds, i have soaked them overnight and peeled and made a paste. One more variation is that, i have cooked the gravy in milk instead of water and then added just 2 tbsp of heavy cream. I know the dish is a rich and creamy, but you can always treat yourself once in a while :)

Ingredients: (Measurements 1 Cup = 250 ml)
  • 2 cup Methi leaves ( Fenu greek leaves)
  • 1 cup fresh Green Peas
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 large Onion roughly chopped
  • 2 green Chilies
  • 1/2 inch Ginger
  • 10-12 Almonds ( soaked overnight or blanched)
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2-3 black Pepper corn
  • 2-3 Cloves
  • small piece of Cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tbsp Heavy cream
  1. Take Onion, ginger and green chilies in a grinder and make a paste. To this paste add the peeled almonds and grind to a smooth paste. Add little water if needed.

  2. In a pan , dry roast the spices on a low to medium flame until aromatic. Grind them to a powder and keep aside.

  3. Cook the green peas with water and salt either in an open pan or in a microwave. Drain and keep aside. Similarly clean and wash the Fenu greek leaves thoroughly , drain and chop it finely.

  4.  Heat up oil a pan on low to medium flame. Add the onion, almond paste to it and saute very well for 2-3 minutes ,or until the paste leaves the sides of the pan.

  5. Now add 1 tsp of the freshly ground spice powder and mix well. To this now add the finely chopped Fenu greek leaves mix, now stir in milk to this. 

  6. Add salt and cover cook the gravy for 2-3 minutes . Be cautious while adding salt as the green peas already have salt.

  7. Add the cooked green peas and cook for another 1 minute. Now add the chilled heavy cream. I have added the home made fresh heavy cream. Beat the cream to make it smooth , The cream has to be chilled , or else it will split in the gravy. 

 8. Mix well and cook for 1 more minute and put off the flame.

  9. Serve the Methi Matar Malai with naan ,chapati or paratha and enjoy !

 I hope you will give this recipe a try. Would be glad to know your feedback :)

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  1. Thanx poonam for sharing easy cook recipies ..just liking d way i post ur recipe with step by step process and pics ...keep going girl

    1. Thank you so much Aradhana jain for waiting by my space to leave such a lovely feed back. I am glad you liked it :)

  2. That was a good recipe that made a tasty meal. Thanks for sharing it Poonam!

    1. Glad to know James Lownie that the recipe turned out well for you as well . Thanks for the feed back.

  3. I've made this two times now, and i would say that i love this recipe! I would have to thank you for making this dish and sharing it with the internet!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by my space. I am glad you like it and thanks for the lovely feedback.