Winter is here and so is the smell of fresh Methi leaves. Fenugreek, widely known as “Methi” in India, is a leafy vegetable with small green leaves mainly grown in winter. It’s the bitter taste of its leaves and seeds that makes it so unique.
Methi Malai Mutter as the name says, is rich and flavorful. The slight sweetness of green peas (mutter) and the richness of cream (malai) well compliment the bitterness of methi leaves.
Since I didn’t have cooking cream, I decided to use a healthier and an easily available alternative – cashew cream and the result was outstanding. You have to try it to believe me. Here is what you need.
An aromatic combination of fresh methi leaves with green peas cooked together in cashew cream sauce.
- Fresh Methi leaves - 2 bunches
- Green peas - 3/4 cup
- Onion - 1 medium, roughly chopped
- Cashew - 1/4 cup
- Poppy seeds - 1 tsp
- Milk - 1/4 cup
- Cumin Seeds - 1 1/2 tsp
- Ginger - 2 tb spoon
- Garlic - 3 medium cloves
- Green Chili - 4-5
- Amchur powder - 1 tsp
- Cinnamon - 2 small sticks
- Cloves - 4
- Cardomom - 2
- Peppercorns - 4
- Oil - 3 tb spoon
- Salt - 2 tb spoon or as per taste
- Sugar - 1 tsp
- Separate the leaves from stem and wash them well. Sprinkle some salt and keep them aside.
- In a small bowl, take cashews and poppy seeds and let them soak in milk.
- In a small pan, mix all dry masala (cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, black peppercorns and 1/2 tsp cumin seeds) and roast them lightly for 2-3 minutes on low flame.
- Add roughly chopped onion, freshly grated ginger, garlic, green chilies and 1/2 tsp cumin seeds with a pinch of salt in a grinder and make a smooth paste.
- Heat a medium pan and add 2 table spoon of oil. Once oil becomes hot, add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and let them crackle.
- Meanwhile, squeeze out all the liquid from methi leaves and give them a quick chop. Add these leaves to the oil and cook them for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Once done, remove the leaves from the pan and keep aside.
- Add remaining 1 tb spoon oil to the pan. Now add the onion-garlic paste and fry it nicely for 5-6 minutes.
- Strain the milk and add cashews and poppy seeds to grinder and make a smooth paste. Add few spoons of milk if needed.
- Add this cashew cream to the pan and fry for 1 minute.
- Heat the leftover milk and let it simmer.
- Add the fresh garam masala (the roasted masala finely powdered) to the pan and mix well.
- Add the milk and some water to adjust the consistency.
- Add thawed green peas or boiled if using fresh.
- Add fenugreek leaves and mix well
- Add salt, a pinch of sugar and a pinch of turmeric and let it come to a boil.
- When you soak the cashews in milk, microwave it for 30 seconds, so cashews absorb the milk quicker and become tender.
- Once the subji is done, sprinkle a pinch of kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) of additional aroma.