Methi and Peas in Creamy Sauce (Methi Matar Malai)

Mathi Matar Malai dish is made by cooking fresh fenugreek leaves with green peas in a rich creamy sauce!

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Ingredients:

Serves 2-4

  • 1 big bunch (2 cups) methi (fenugreek leaves), chopped
  • ¾ - 1 cup green peas fresh or frozen (if using fresh green peas, boil them before adding)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup cashews, soaked for 20 min
  • 2 green chilies
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp ginger, finelly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ inch cinnamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 3-4 green cardamom
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • ½-1 cup water
  • ½ - ¾ cup heavy cream (you can substitutw with half and half for a healthier version)
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt, or to taste

How to make Methi Matar Malai (Methi and Peas in a Creamy Sauce):

  1. Put cashews in a glass of water and let it soak or 20 minutes.
  2. In mean time, wash and chop methi. Peel garlic and ginger and chop it finely.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a non-stickin pan.
  4. Add all the whole spices: cinnamon, cumin seeds, green cardamom, cloves, black peppercorns, and sizzle for 30 seconds.
  5. Add chopped onion and sauté for 4 minutes on medium heat.
  6. Add chopped green chilies, chopped garlic and ginger, and sauté it for another 3 minutes or until onions turn golden brown.
  7. Then add the cashews and poppy seeds. Sauté for another 2 minutes.
  8. Then, turn off the hea. When the mixture cools down a bit, transfer it mixture into a blender and process to a smooth paste. Set aside.
  9. Heat 1 tbsp of oil the same pan again. Add the blended paste and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Finely, stir in the chopped methi leaves and cook for 7 minutes on medium heat.
  11. Add salt, garam masala. Mix.
  12. Add the green peas, stir and cook for another 5 minutes.
  13. Finely, add the heavy cream, water, and stir well. Cover and let it simmer on medium-low flame for 3-4 minutes. You may add some more water if the consistncy of the dish is to thick or acording to your taste. Serve hot with roti, naan or rice.

Tip:

Rinse frozen peas with hot water before adding to the dish.

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