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Methi Matar Pulao

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Methi Matar Pulao

My love for methi has not diminished in spite of having an overdose these winter months. I am making optimum use of fresh methi during season since I will not be able to relish it during the summer months. Likewise with season fresh green peas. Fresh methi and matar decided on a date with rice. A match made in heaven. :) Delightful aromatic pulao, with green peas popping beautifully against the greens and rice.

Fresh methi leaves, Fenugreek leaves, Menthu kura

Methi Matar Pulao Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 40 mts

Serves 4-5 persons



2 cups basmati rice – washed and drained

1 1/2 tbsps ghee

2 green cardamoms

4 cloves

2” cinnamom stick

1 star anise

a bay leaf/biryani akku

1/2 tsp sugar

very small pinch nutmeg pwd

2 onions finely sliced

1/2 tbsp ginger-garlic-green chilli paste

1 cup fresh methi leaves

1/2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped

1/4 cup fresh green peas

3 3/4 cups water

salt to taste

1 Soak picked methi leaves in about 1/4 cup water, 1/2 tsp salt and a pinch of sugar for 15 mts. Strain water and squeeze leaves of water. This removes any bitterness of the leaves. Keep aside.
2 Heat ghee in a vessel, add bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, caradamom, star anise and sugar and stir for a mt. Add the sliced onions, ginger-garlic-green chilli paste. Saute the onions till they turn transparent.
3 Add the coriander leaves and methi leaves and saute for 4 mts. Add the drained rice and green peas and saute for 2 mts.
4 Add water and bring to a boil. Add salt and nutmeg pwd and reduce heat to low-medium and cook covered with lid.
5 Once the rice is cooked, turn off heat. Serve warm with raita.

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By • Jan 23rd, 2010 • Category: All Recipes, Green Leafy Vegetables, Indian Curry Recipes, Indian Rice recipes, Indian Vegan Recipes, Indian Vegetarian Recipes, Lunch Box Recipes, Recipes Vegetable Dishes

  • Swati


  • Cilantro

    I love methi for the flavor they add to any dish. Thank you for sharing a simple and aromatic recipe.

  • Malleeswari

    Nice combination as always. Please let me know whether I need to dry fry the nutmeg before grinding? Can we use nutmeg in other spicy dishes like chicken biryani?

    There is no need to dry roast nutmeg. Just a tiny pinch is enough. Yes, you can use nutmeg in chicken biryani too.

  • Deepa G Joshi

    yummmy..nice click..i wish i could eat the snap ;)

  • bina

    what is star anise??

    Read more about star anise.

  • deepthi

    What is nutmeg ??

    Read more about nutmeg.

  • kalva

    lovely recipe with methi

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  • padma.y

    hi sailu,
    mee vantalu varnincharanivi, very easy and delicious. i love ur recipes. i think ur an andha girl. my place is rajahmundry. inkaa mari yenno new recipes choopinchandi. bye, love u.

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  • Chaitanya

    Hi Sailu,

    Your website is a go-to website for my cooking. I follow your blog a lot. It is good that you are so passionate about cooking. We are so lucky that you are from Andhra. Andhra cuisine is the best in the world. Thanks to your recipes, I am known as a good cook myself among my friends ;)

    You inspire my cooking.


  • shirley

    good recipe , tasted well .

  • Priya

    Its mouth watering.. My tummy is full right now but still I am drooling over the pics.. Cant wait till morning so that I can prepare and eat it.. :D

  • Sirisha

    This rice dish is as good as it looks – couldn’t get enough of it.

    The nutmeg was a nice touch to the dish.

  • Sirisha

    Couldn’t get enough of this dish – very, very good.
    Adding nutmeg was a really neat idea.

  • Charu

    Hi Sailu.. I tried the pulao today. It came out really well.Thanks for the wonderful recipe :)

  • Harini

    Wow… looks great.. going to try it for dinner tonight :)

  • Kavita

    Hey Sailu,

    Ur recipes are fab…..wenever im in dilemma,just visit ur site and i get finger licking recipes….thanks for sharing them..

    Happy Cooking…

    And i keep looking forward to many more of ur wonderful recipes….

  • Sulbha

    I loved ur recipe. I just did few alterations: finely chopped chillies, ginger n garlic instead of making a paste, added whole black pepper with the cinnamon and other spices and instead of nutmeg used a pinch of pav bhaji masala… the fragrance of the rice has filled my home… loved it. Thanks !