Monday, November 09, 2009

Methi Paneer

Methi or the fenugreek leaves, for all you care, is bitter in taste; but then is a part and parcel of Indian cooking. It's known for its medicinal values, used as home remedies. Cooking with methi leaves, here is a combination of methi and paneer. When cooked, paneer balances the bitterness of methi and you get this wonderful dish, that will go well with roti/ chapati or basmati rice.

Ingredients

1 big bunch - Fresh Methi leaves
200 gram - Paneer, cubed
1 big - Tomato, pureed
1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
1 tsp - Coriander powder
1/2 tsp - Cumin seeds

Masala Paste - Grind to smooth paste

2 to 3 - Green chili
7 big flakes - Garlic
2 '' piece - Ginger
8 - Black pepper corns
2 - Cardamom seeds, powdered

Garnish

1/2 Cup Coriander leaves, chopped

Method

1 ) Pick methi leaves from the stem and wash very well. Drain and set aside.

2 ) Heat oil in a kadai/ wok. When oil is hot, add paneer cubes in batches and fry to a light brown color. Drain and set aside.

3 ) In the remaining oil, add cumin seeds, when it splutters add ground masala paste, turmeric powder and salt to taste. Fry well for 2 to 3 minutes on low heat. Now add coriander powder and fry for a few seconds. Then add tomato puree and cook till oil separates on low heat. Add fenugreek leaves, saute for a few minutes, till the leaves are cooked.

4 ) Now add paneer cubes and mix in well. Let the paneer suck in the masala flavors. Add one or two tablespoon of water, cover and cook for a minute or two. Open and garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with roti or basmati rice.

19 comments:

Rachel said...

I've had methi ina dhal not with paneer...this sure looks good.

Pravs said...

Rachel: Methi with dal is a good combo. I am sure you like it with paneer too. Do try :)

Tejus said...

This is a refreshingly different dish and has great taste… thx for the post

Suparna said...

hi Pravs,
I too have made dishes like aloo methi, dal, paratha but havent tried this combo, thanks for the interesting combo and recipe.

Chitra said...

I make aloo methi, this is new to me..

Gulmohar said...

Interesting combo...Have tried methi chicken :-)Must be delicious ..healthy too :-)

Pravs said...

Tejus: Thanks :D

Suparna : well, i was thinking every one knew this combo. Now you should try this soon :)

Chitra : I think this combo is better than aloo and methi :) Give this a try.

Gulmohar : wow, methi chicken...sounds very yum.

Malar Gandhi said...

Methi and Paneer, no kidding, thats a double the treat for me. What a wonderful and healthy combo' loved ur presentation pictures are so appealing.

Nags said...

this one time i got methi in SG, i didn't know what to make with it because there are so many dishes i love. ended up making parathas. love this combo as well!

Pravs said...

Malar : Thank you so much :)

Nags : i go through that predicament of what to make,too. This dish will be a good one to try,next time you get some methi.

Aathira said...

Thanks so much for this dish... The Methi Paneer is cooking on the fire right now.. and I can not wait for my fiance to taste it :)

Pravs said...

Aathira: Reading your comment i feel so excited and hope you guys have a great meal together.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

http://recipesa2z.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2009-09-24T23%3A03%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=15 some one stolen ur picture....

anita said...

Accidentally discovered ur blog, and i must congratulate u for the wonderful pictures and fantastic recipes. Your recipes are simply amazing and very authentic. This one seems like an interesting combination as well, will definitely try........Thanks....
Cheers!

nonik said...

This was excellent. Your recipes are easy to follow and I found it went together fast as a late friday evening meal for a family of 3. It was very light and refreshing as another comment suggested. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to try some other goodness you've got here.

Pravs said...

Nonik : Thank you so much for this feedback :) Please do try more recipes and will look forward to more feedbacks :)

Suganthi said...

I tried this today. while frying i added onion, then with tomato puree, i also added onion to grid. It gave a great taste. Thanks for your steps.

Afsa Mishael said...

hi....
thanks a lot for this wonderful recipe.. loved it and hubby too loved it.. actually he never liked methi leaves.. so u know how big an achievement it is..thanks

Pravs said...

Afsa : Thanks a lot of this lovely feedback :) Appreciate it very much.