Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Methi Pulao/Mendhiya Keerai Saadham/Fenugreek Leaves Flavoured Rice..

Methi or fenugreek leaves as we all know are very strong and aromatic and have multiple uses.They are widely used for culinary as well as medicinal purposes.They are said to reduce the bad cholesterol in the body and excess sugar in the blood or urine.
Have a bunch of methi leaves at home and wondering what to do??
Here's a very simple recipe i came across in and would like to share it:


Methi leaves-2 bunches

Any long grain white rice-2 Cups

Tomato-1 medium size chopped

Green chillies-4 nos. or depending on spice levels

Red Chilly Pwdr-1 Tsp

Turmeric Pwdr-1 Tsp

Garam Masala Pwdr-1/2 Tsp

Cumin coriander Pwdr-1 Tsp

Oil-2 Tbsp

Salt to taste


1. Chop the roots and the thick stems off the bunch of Fenugreek Leaves.

2. Wash well and finely chop the rest.

3. Sprinkle a generous amount of Salt on the leaves, mix and keep aside for 15-20 minutes.

4. Wash the Rice well and soak in some Water and keep aside for 20 minutes.

5.In a pan (that has a tight fitting lid) or a rice cooker, heat Oil on medium heat.

6. Once the Oil is hot, add in the Cumin Seeds and allow them to change color.
7. Add in Green Chillies,Tomatoes and Turmeric Powder.

8. Squeeze out the water from the Fenugreek Leaves and put them in the pan.

9. Add in Cumin-Coriander Powder, Red Chili Powder and Garam Masala Powder.

10. Cook for a couple of minutes.

11. Drain the water from the Rice and add the Rice to the Methi Leaves.

12. Cook for 2 minutes.

13. Add the Water and mix well.

14. Check on the Salt, add in needed.

15. Increase the heat, and allow the Rice to cook till most of the Water has evaporated and you can see the Rice come up to the surface.

16. Mix, lower heat, preferably to simmer and cover. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes.

17. After 15 minutes, open cover, turn off the heat, mix/fluff gently.

18. Cover and allow the Rice to rest for a couple of minutes before serving.

19. Serve hot with Raita and Chips.

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