Monday, 9 April 2012

METHI MAKAI MATAR MALAI (SWEET CORN & PEAS IN CREAMY FENUGREEK CURRY)

Each month I promise myself that I will be more regular with my posts and upload them on time. In fact it was one of my new year’s resolutions. But invariably something or the other happens and derails my plans. As per my schedule, I was supposed to upload this post on Thursday i.e. 5th and here I am posting it on 9th. I know I am way off the mark! But this one time, I am not too disappointed with the delay. ‘Reason’ you ask? Well, I was away to Surat, the diamond hub of India for a weekend break and a promise from my hubby to buy me a diamond ring. But fate had other plans...the diamond merchants across the country went on a nation-wide strike! Can you believe that! Absolutely unfair L


Back home, I was still nursing my unfulfilled mission, when a friend called up to say while going through my blog she noticed that I had not posted many vegetarian dishes. She had wanted to make a few veg dishes for her hard core non vegetarian family during Lent but could only manage to procure a few. I had to agree with her that a vegetarian dish was indeed due. So here I am with an absolutely delicious, mild and creamy vegetarian dish that can be enjoyed as a side dish/main course or as a filling for your sandwich.

I love the intricate flavours of this dish – the sweetness of the peas and sweet corn, a mild bitter hint from the fenugreek, slight nuttiness of the cashews and of course there is the creaminess from the cream (which I used judiciously) and milk. The marriage of these flavours works beautifully and will leave you wanting for more. Though fenugreek can be replaced by greens of your choice such as spinach, yet I would recommend this dish to even those who are not too excited about fenugreek in their meals. Try this preparation and you will fall in love with it! I cooked, clicked and uploaded the dish in a such a hurry that I could not do justice to its appearance presentation. 

Here is what you will need:

2 cups fresh green fenugreek (washed, finely chopped)
¾ cup green peas (shelled & boiled)
¼ to ½ cup corn kernels (boiled)
1 tbsp cashew nuts
1 tbsp cream
½ cup milk+ ½ cup for making cashew nut paste
1½ tbsp olive oil (or refined oil)
1 generous pinch cumin seeds
1 small onion (finely chopped)
½ tsp ginger paste
½ tsp garlic paste
3-4 green chillies (split)
½ tsp coriander powder
½ tsp garam masala powder
¼ tsp white pepper powder (+/- to taste)
½ tsp dry mango powder (+/- to taste)
Salt to taste


Sprinkle about ¼ tsp salt to the fenugreek leaves and mix them well.
Keep them aside for approximately half an hour. Squeeze out the water and keep it aside.
Make cashew nuts paste by adding milk. Add milk gradually till you have the desired consistency.
Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. Once they crackle, add onions, ginger garlic paste and fry till the ginger and garlic become fragrant and the onions become translucent.
Add fenugreek leaves and sauté for five minutes on medium heat. Add peas, corn & split green chillies and sauté for another minute or two.
Add cashew paste, cream, salt, dry mango powder, white pepper powder, coriander powder and garam masala and cook for half a minute. Add milk now and cook for further 3-4 minutes.
Serve with chapatti or as filling for sandwich.

Note: Boil the green peas till they are done but firm.
Note: I have reduced the amount of cream to 1 tbsp from 3 tbsp. For rich gravy use this amount. Also, feel free to adjust the amount of milk, if using.
Note: The addition of dry mango powder is optional but I like the hint of tang it adds to the creamy flavours.
Note: Since the fenugreek leaves were marinated in salt, be watchful with the amount of salt you add to the dish.
Note: I used split green chillies but you can add finely chopped if you want more heat in the dish.
Note: Reduce the gravy so that you have a nice thick creamy filling for your sandwich
Serves 2


A special mention here...
Kirsten of 'The Foreign Domestic' blog featured my Oregano Chicken dish on her From Your Kitchen to Mine event where she is show casing 100 recipes from various blogs. Check out her blog for more details. 

Also, the Asian Inspired Pineapple Cucumber Salad was  amongst three recipes featured on Any One Can Cook - Series 45, an event run by Ayeesha of Taste of Pearl City blog. Hop over to her blog and check out her lovely creations. 
Thank you ladies for the honour. I really appreciate it J
Thanks for visiting and see you again!

44 comments:

  1. Hi. Sad u could not buy the ring..destiny has it's own plans. love the addition of corn to the famous trio. I would love this with Naan.
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  2. Mmmm, this looks sooo creamy! :) this is the kind of dish I can bathe in!

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  3. This looks so delicious! & what I love most is all those yummy spices! The pictures looks so inviting too! YUM!

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  4. Nice creamy dish, sorry abt the ring, might be you'll get a bigger one..

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  5. We have creamed corn here in the US, but it does not have near the flavor ingredients you have put in this dish. The fenugreek as well as the nuts, really amps up the flavor. Also, I like the green peas in there as well. Tasty post!

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  6. We have creamed corn in the US, however, your dish here is much more flavorful than that! No doubt the fenugreek and cashews really amp up the flavors-yum! Also, I like the green peas in there too. Delicious post!

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  7. This looks delicious and creamy. You will get your ring soon I am sure.

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  8. Gosh, what a let-down! I'll probably have sleepless nites after that. Lol!

    Hey dear, congrats on the feature! Love the combi of your new dish. I've submitted my Prawn Omelette for their 46 series.

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  9. The clicks look stunning and the creamy Curry has all the nice flavors.

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  10. With such meal preprations for your hubby, I am sure he will get u soon. yes may be a solitaire....may be a pendant too...God bless ...Btw. The dish looks so tempting...I try to use mixture of almonds and cashews..Turns out to be good too. Give it a try..

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  11. Super rich and creamy methi makai matar malai...

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  12. Great combo of spices and veggies, it looks awesome! Congratulations on being featured too!

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  13. This looks so creamy and delicious! I love methi and these days seem to be making a lot of dishes with methi in it. Corn, methi, cream, and almonds. What a perfect combination!

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  14. This dish looks delicious, like how it is creamy with all the spices in it.
    Beautiful pictures too...
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead :)

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  15. Awww.. I hope you get your "rock" soon!

    That methi malai dish looks so delicious :)

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  16. so tempting, delicious n creamy curry..nice combo..

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  17. Very tempting.Looks delicious
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  18. yummy n creamy preperation....

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  19. Looks so creamy and this would be a perfect accompaniment for chapathis.. Bookmarking this

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  20. Mmmhhh, that dish looks so scrumptious! I'd love to taste those methi leaves.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  21. So rich & creamy dish, looks tempting & delicious!

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  22. I cannot get fenugreek here - but I could make do with spinach or chard. I agree that this is one comforting vegetarian dish. So is the moral of the tale - when diamond are scarce, make do with vegetables?

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    1. Ha ha ha! I don't think I said that in the post. The dish was posted at the request of a friend. The reason for the delay of this post were certainly the elusive diamond ring!

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  23. What a lovely combination of ingredients! This looks mouthwatering!

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  24. thats so sad....about the ring!......thats one more trip to surat....great recipe!..love the flvours

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  25. Me ha encantado :)
    Un besito ^^
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  26. omg! loving ur blog!...love ur food and photography!

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  27. What a stunning dish!!! The vibrant greens and yellow are gorgeous in your blue bowl!

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  28. This dish makes me salivate. It looks so good and I love all the ingredients added to give it what must be a spectacular flavor. I must try this!@

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  29. Wow! I love the creamy look of that! I'm sure it's delicious!

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  30. I love the creaminess of this dish. I'll bet it tastes fantastic!

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  31. oh I love all the flavors in this- looks great!

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  32. This looks sensational! so delicious - lovely photos and fab recipe!!
    mary x

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  33. That looks like a great curry. I love the pop of fresh corn and peas.

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  34. wow... curry looks delicious... very flavourful...

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  35. If I want to see unusual, I come here. :)

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  36. wow...what an awesome dish! Loved the rich look!!

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  37. Delicious flavorful and oh so creamy! Love fenugreek leaves anytime :)

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  38. So yummy n creamy dish, looks so delicious n flavorful.

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  39. I only learned about fenugreek when I was breastfeeding. I had to drink fenugreek tea. :-) I rather want to eat this curry - it rooks delicious!!!

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  40. This looks wonderful! I love creamy dishes, and all the ingredients compliment each other so well! Looking fwd to making this!! YUMMMMY :)

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