When my refrigerator is almost empty, Methi-Matar-Malai is on the top of my mind!! We first tasted it in a local restaurant here and we fell in love with it. And again saw it in the freezer section of the Indian store here and couldn't resist. The original recipe calls for a lot of cream, but I tried and substituted most of it with milk without compromising the rich taste of cream. I found that by increasing the quantity of methi leaves, the gravy becomes a little too bitter for our taste, but I guess it is an individual preference. 

Ingredients - 

Methi leaves (Fenugreek leaves) Chopped 1/2 cup
Peas Boiled 1 cup
Milk 1.5 cups
Cream 2 Tbsp
Dhania-Jeera Powder 1/2 tsp
Turmeric 1 pinch
Sugar 1 tsp
Salt as per taste
Coriander leaves for Garnish
Seasoning (Oil/Butter, Jeera)

For Masala - 
Onion (Chopped and Sauteed) 1 medium
Green Chillies 2 nos (as per taste)
Cashews (Broken) 2 Tbsp
Ginger 1/2 inch piece
Cloves 2-3 
Cinnamon 1 inch
Pepper corns 4-5 
Cardamom (Elaichi) 1-2

Method Of Preparation - 

Grind all the Masala ingredients.

In a skillet, heat oil/butter and add jeera.

After jeera browns a little, add the ground masala and saute adding a little water.

After the oil oozes out or about 4-5 min add the finely chopped methi leaves and let it cook for about 3-4 min.

Add Dhania-jeera powder, turmeric, sugar and boiled peas and let it cook for a min or two.

Slowly add the milk and mix well.

Add salt as per taste and let it simmer for about 5 min. Take care not to get it burnt.

When the fenugreek and peas are blended well in the mixture , add the cream and let it simmer for a minute or two and switch the flame off.
Serve with Roti/Naan.

Serves approx. 2-3 Adults

Preparation Time  25 min
Posted by Harini on Tuesday, March 23, 2010


  1. I'm here thanks to Ananth's post on facebook. Hope to have fun time reading and (later) experimenting the dishes and discussing them here..

  2. Harini Says:
  3. @footnotz - we would like to hear about your experiments too!!

  4. Hey u too have a super blog.all the best.........

  5. Harini Says:
  6. thank you, Sailaja ...we have just about started...

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