Friday 12 February 2016

Methi Malai Matar - Dry version (Low calorie)

Indian cuisine is the general term for the wide variety of cooking styles from India. Indian food is almost always prepared with fresh ingredients along with delicate mixtures of many different fresh and dried spices and the exact recipes often vary greatly from one household to the next. Everyone  has there own style to make different version of typical curries and Daal and also Roti, Paratha too. 

The taste of every version of food have its own Joy, Like here I am trying to make low calorie version of very Popular North Indian, Punjabi recipe....Normally it made by paste of cashew nuts and loads of Fresh Cream, Wohaaaaa!!!! I don't like so much oily or so much calories in food....So decided to make low calorie version of this super delicious Curry....I haven't used cashew nuts, Very small amount of Cream and made it a lil dry curry....You wont believe the curry was so so delicious, You can definitely Enjoy this super delicious curry with any Paratha, naan or simple Roti too. I do find Methi (Fresh fenugreek) very rarely here in qatar, As i said it before in my previous post, Whenever I see methi in store, I just grab it, ulnless I am not going to make anything with methi, But I will surely keep it in my fridge for my mental satisfaction, that yes I have methi in my fridge...hahahaha...sounds So funny....But yes I do think like this ;) 

Yesterday I was not in that mood to make anything with Methi...But the big problem is also that If I keep it in fridge for long time, They will loose the freshness of leaves...And Of course don't want this :) Initially I was thinking to make simple Aloo methi, Well, I am not so aloo methi lover.....Then just thinking of Methi malai matar, Ooooooo...Yes my mouth was literally watering, But By thinking of loads of cream and nuts paste, Very high in calorie and high in fat, I dropped the Idea, but at the same time, I thought we can make it low calorie, Low fat version too....yeah....So just kicked cashew nut paste out of the ingredient list and add very very less amount of Cream (Malai) and trust me this version was also soooooo good.....Enjoyed this so tempting version of Methi malai matar in dinner tonight and Hishu too loved it :) !!!! Happy happy happy ....Yipppeee!!!! Do try this low calorie version of Methi malai matar and stay healthy ;)


    300 gms Green Methi (finely chopped)
    1/2 Cup  Green peas
    2 Tbsp Cream
    11/2 Tbsp Oil
    1 bay leaf
    1/2 Cinnamon stick
    1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
    1/2 Cup Onion, Finely Chopped
    1 Tbsp Garlic, Very finely chopped (You can use Paste also)
    1/4 tsp Ginger paste
    2 no Green chilies, chopped
    1/2 Cup Tomatoes, Finely Chopped
    1 Tbsp Tomato ketch up
    1/4 tsp Garam masala
    1/4 tsp Red chili Powder
    Salt to Taste


1. Wash Fresh Methi twice with clean water and Finely chop these washed leaves.

2. Peel fresh peas or use frozen green peas. ( I have used Frozen Green Peas) and boil them.

3. Heat a pan and add 1 tsp of Oil and Put the chopped Methi leaves, and saute them until all the water burned and Methi becomes dry. Take out from the pan and transfer to the bowl.

4. Now again that same pan with oil, add bay leaf, Cinnamon stick and cumin seeds, after Jeera is roasted add finely chopped garlic, onion and chopped Green chilies. Fry till Onions turned light brown, Now add Tomatoes and let them saute for 2 minutes.

5. Add all the spices and cook for another few seconds, Now add Malai (Fresh Cream) in it and saute for another few seconds.

6. Add sauted and dried Methi and boiled green peas in it, then stir for a seconds. At the end add ketc up in it, Mix them all. cover it with lid and Cook for another 5 minutes. (Note: If you want to add water, you can add it according to how thick or dry you want the curry, I am not adding any water content in it, I love this lil dry sabzi). Turn off the Gas and your less in calorie Methi Matar Malai is ready.

Serve hot with Roti, Naan or Paratha :)