Saturday, January 06, 2007

Aloo Methi

Fresh Fenugreek Leaves with Potatoes

Methi or fenugreek leaves are usually used when they are tender and green to make a dry dish called Aloo-Methi. The leaves of the fenugreek are bitter, but the potatoes and onions in this dish balance out the bitterness. I remember eating this as a child and even taking it to school for lunch with chapaties.

1 bunch methi leaves look in the Asian stores that's where I buy them
2 new potatoes cubed about 1 inch
1 small red onion chopped
3 green chillies minced
1 clove garlic minced
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds

Strip the leaves off the stems, and wash the leaves several times to get the grit off. Chop the leaves fine and keep aside. Nuke the potatoes in the microwave with 1 tbsp water for five minutes till cooked.
Heat oil add mustard seeds, once they splutter add the onions, green chillies, and garlic. Saute till golden add turmeric and the potatoes, stir. Add the chopped methi leaves and salt, stir well.
Once the leaves wilt, cover and cook on low heat for about 5 minutes till all the water gets evaporated and the greens cook. Mash the potatoes slightly till everything gets combined.
Serve with chapaties or rice. I have even eaten this with bread.

1 comment:

Danielle M said...

So yummy! I watched a friend make this dish and couldn't remember how to recreate it. Your version was almost identical, but I cooked the potatoes on the stove, putting them in after the onions were soft. I used more olive oil, too, since the potatoes always absorb them. And I kept it covered so they'd be firmer on the outside and squishier on the inside. It was delightful! Thanks for sharing.