METHI MAKAI MATAR MALAI – मेथी मकई मटर मलाई (Sweet Corn & Green Pea 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! Anyways, why I chose on posting this recipe was a call from a friend who told me that I did not enough vegetarian recipes yet on the blog.
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 or as a topping for crostini and bruschetta
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 any oil of your choice)
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: Feel free to increase the amount of cream if you wish to.
Note: The addition of dry mango powder is optional but it helps tone down the bitterness of fenugreek.
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. Really appreciate it 🙂



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43 thoughts on “METHI MAKAI MATAR MALAI – मेथी मकई मटर मलाई (Sweet Corn & Green Pea Creamy Fenugreek Curry)

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. The dish looks so tempting…I try to use mixture of almonds and cashews..Turns out to be good too. Give it a try..

  5. 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!

  6. 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 🙂

  7. I cannot get fenugreek here – but I could make do with spinach or chard. I agree that this is one comforting vegetarian dish.

  8. 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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