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November 4, 2008

Methi Matar Malai


For the first time in my life, I had this dish in one of the Indian restaurants in Thailand a couple of months back. My husband and I always prefer Indian food wherever we travel. Fortunately we found an Indian restaurant near the hotel where we stayed. Initially we were a bit skeptical about that restaurant because we both were the only customers for them :-) for that night I believe. We ordered my all time favorite paneer butter masala, nans and rice. The manager suggested that methi matar malai was their speciality. So we ordered that as well. When the food came, we started to dig in. I loved both paneer butter masala and methi matar malai. It was way too good! I have not had such delicious food even in India. Apparently the chefs who cook there(in Thailand hotel) are from Taj Hotel(India). Food was a little expensive though. But it was worth every penny!

I was happy when Sujatha posted her Methi Malai Matar recipe. I made it today and totally loved it. I can't stop thinking about our trip to Thailand and the restaurant where we had this methi malai matar. It goes very well with nans/rotis. It is rich, creamy and delicious! Give it a try girls, you will go ga- ga over it :) I made a few additions to her recipe.

Sending this to Mansi's Vegetarian Thanksgiving-Recipe Carnival Event.
My version:

Ingredients:
Onion chopped-1 cup
Ginger chopped-1/2 tsp
Garlic chopped-1 pod
Jeera-1/2 tsp
Salt
Frozen Peas-3/4 cup
Methi leaves-1 cup
Kasuri methi crushed(optional)-a few strands
Green chilli-1
Oil-1 tbsp
Curd-1 tbsp
Half and Half(cream/malai)-1/2 cup or less depending on the consistency you want

Spice powders(quantity can be adjusted according to your taste buds):
Garam masala-1/2 tsp
Kitchen king masala(my gravies are never complete without this wonderful powder)-1/2 tsp
Chilli powder-1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Coriander powder-1/2 tsp

Method:
Heat oil. Tamper jeera. Fry onions, ginger, garlic, green chilli till onions turn golden brown. Sprinkle salt. Add fresh methi leaves. Fry for a couple of minutes till it shrinks. Add frozen peas, spice powders, curd and fry for a minute. Add Half and half. Bring the mixture to a boil. Add little water to desired consistency. Simmer for 2-3 mintues. Garnish with kasuri methi. Serve with nans or roti.

31 comments:

  1. I have the recipe in book but ur pict makes me to prepare soon...

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  2. Pics making me hungry. Looks yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy. Congrats and thank you for the award dear.

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  3. I feel the kasuri methi adds a nice touch..Gorgeous pic as usual!

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  4. Kanna,
    Picture is AWESOME. nice you remembered your Thai trip.it is gorgeous as said by Divya Vikram.
    Appa

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  5. Excellent. So yummy & creamy. its so long since I have had methis. miss it a lot. Congrats on ur award.

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  6. wow.. looks really yummy & nice entry.. thxs for sharing dear..

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  7. It looks so beautiful and i am sure it was delicious too.
    Congrats with the award

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  8. looks delicious ....Congrats on ur award ..
    love
    veena

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  9. Methi malai matar looks so creamy and delicious.I love Thailand too especially this place called Jomtien.

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  10. hey new dish for me..never heard of this.The picture is making me hungry!! sure a try panren as I got 2 bunches of methi leaves :)

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  12. i love methi matar malai .. looks delicious .. feel like digging in right now

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  13. Lovely and my stomach is pinching me and am craving for it now...

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  14. Looks perfect Mahimaa....great pictures too.....Congrats on your award :-)

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  15. Hey nice! Looks very creamy and yummy. Congratulations on your award.

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  16. since you have said so much abt this recipe am sure goin to give it a try.....and will let u know how it tasted

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  17. wow, this curry looks delicious girl! I love methi mutter, and thanks so much for sending it to my Vegetarian Carnival!:)

    btw, congrats on your deserving award!:)

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  18. Lovely tempting!!! yummy, creamy..congrats on ur award, wish u more n more in future...

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  19. yey! glad to know it came out so well, dear Mahimaa.. Picture looks fabulous and very inviting.. Great dish, isn't it.. I love it..

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  20. wow this looks so creamy ican feel that kasuri methi s aroma yummy and thanks a lot dear that u like my adai recipe

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  21. It looks so delicious. nice way to include methi for kids. Thanks for sharing mahima

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  23. That looks creamy and perfect. I've bookmarked sujatha's recipe to try too.

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  24. curry looks ver creamyyy mahima ,love it

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  25. Methi Matar Malai looks rich and creamy....and click makes it more irresistible..

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  26. mmm. that looks fabulous Mahimaa! Lovely recipe.

    BTW, I bought the flamingos in the dollar store (I know, you won't believe it, but true!). They carry lots of such beautiful decorative articles.

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  27. methi matar malai looks so tempting, and must be very tasty :). I never made this so far.

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  28. i do something similar..but instead of peas I pressure cooked green full moong and add it to the masala curd. I use fat free sour cream instead of cream...this has more proteins and less fat...healthier :)

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  29. superb yummy..i tried and it came out perfectly like urs...vazhga valamudan

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  30. What to do if you don't have fresh methi leaves? Thanks!

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