Methi Chaman Hariyali

With a variety of greens sitting in my refrigerator along with a cube of paneer, I decided on preparing Methi Chaman Hariyali. Its a recipe that has been tweaked and tested a number of times before arriving at the final recipe below. Cashewnut and melon seeds paste adds depth to the spiced ground sauteed greens and the paneer soaks up the flavors beautifully. Makes for a comforting gravy with rotis.

Methi Chaman Hariyali with phulkas and salad

Methi Chaman Hariyali Recipe

Recipe source: My recipe files

Prep & Cooking: 40-45 mts

Serves 4-5 persons

Cuisine: North Indian



less than 1/4 cup grated paneer

2 bunches spinach (discard the coarse stems)

2 bunches methi leaves (pick leaves discard stems)

3/4 tsp cumin seeds

1 large onion

2-3 green chillis

1 tsp red chilli pwd (adjust)

1 tsp coriander pwd

salt to taste

1/2 tbsp malai (top of milk)

1 1/2 tbsps of cashewnut and melons seeds paste

large pinch garam masala pwd (elachi, clove, cinnamon)

1 1/4 tbsps oil

1 Blanch spinach, methi leaves, onion and green chillis for 4-5 mts and strain the water. (Add the onion and green chillis to 3 cups of cold water and bring to a boil, let it cook for 3 mts, reduce flame and add the spinach and methi leaves and let it cook for 2 mts ) Cool and grind to a paste. Keep aside.
2 Soak 6-8 cashewnuts in a few tbsps of water. Boil a tbsp of melon seeds in one fourth cup of water for 3-4 mts. Cool and grind along with soaked cashewnuts. Keep aside.
3 Add oil in a heavy bottomed vessel and add cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add a fistful of raw methi leaves and saute for 3-4 mts. Don’t burn them.
4 Add salt, chilli pwd and coriander pwd and combine well.
5 Add the ground paste and let it cook for 8-10 mts on medium heat. Add a cup of the strained water and cook on high flame for 3-4 mts.
6 Add the cashewnut and melon seeds paste and malai. Combine well. Cook for 4-5 mts on low to medium flame. Keep combining inbetween and cook to get the desired gravy consistency.
7 Add the grated paneer and combine. Cook on low heat for a mt. Add salt and garam masala pwd and mix well.
8 Serve hot with rotis.

Methi Chaman Hariyali

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  methi
  •   paneer


  • swathi

    Sailaja Garu,
    Many thanks for another wonderful recipe, I am a big fan and admirer of your website and recipes, no praise is high enough, you do deserve it.
    Please can you post the recipe for roti/pulkas, my rotis usually turn hard once they cool down, I was wondering if you could suggest any idea to make soft rotis please.
    Many thanks,

  • Cilantro

    Lovely Sailu, Looks too tempting. I am going to try with the tofu.

  • JOSH

    Hi Sailu garu,
    Looks very tempting… Where would we get melon seeds? what are they? can they be substituted with anything else?
    methi and spinach paste sounds interesting!

    Melon seeds go by the name ‘magaz’. You should find them in any Indian store. If you don’t find them, don’t worry, just add cashewnut paste. Its equally good.

  • Pr117

    Hi Sailu garu,
    Excellent recipe. Hats of to your innovative idea of mixing methi with palak and adding cashew and melon seeds paste. Every week you make the wait worthwhile by posting such wonderful recipes. We are eagerly waiting for your Ugadi special blog.

  • Meenal Mehta

    Hi Sailu,

    My name is Meenal and we used to link back to each other in the past and then I disappeared. I have returned from the dead to no go back again:) Wanted to drop by and say hello and wish you a Happy holi.

    I have a lot of say and will keep it short ..I really wanted to congratulate you on the growth of blog, it’s grown by leaps and bounds quite literally ..Read your media section as well:) Phenomenal!!

    I wish you the best. Good luck and drop by sometime on my site if your time allows:))

    Be in touch

  • Medhaa

    I made the same thing few days back for the same reasons, though slightly different, will try adding the cashews and melon seeds paste. Looks delicious

  • R.Punitha

    Hi Sailu ,

    This is a completely new dish to me.
    I’ll try tomorrow itself.
    It looks yummy…..
    Mouth watering. It’s look also as usual amazing!!!
    Thank you Sailu, Bye, Take care…

  • sudha

    hello sailu garu…thanks for ur nice n new recipe…i heard dis recipe for da first time…

    keep posting new recipes sailu garu……:)

  • shobha

    Hi Sailu, methi chaman hariyali looks very tempting ..will try soon..Sailu, please post a chicken biryani recipe…i am waiting to see chicken biryani recipe in your blog…

    Thank you for such wonderful recipes..Excellent job..

  • zee

    hi sailu,
    i have a doubt. some of ur recipes require poppy seeds. i cant find it anywhere in shops here. what can i susbtitute it with?

    If you do not have khus khus, its ok. There is no substitute for poppy seeds. Depending on the recipe, you could add a little sesame seeds OR coconut OR cashewnuts.

  • Sarita


    Love your recipes and particularly kid zone recipes. Would like to see more updates in Suvastra. Keep up the good work.


  • Lakshmi


    pls blog some veggie recipes with phulkas, North or south Indian styles……….This good looking recipe is delicious.

    I have got a good name as a cook by following your website … You must charge for the community help you are providing ……. Happy to be in the club .


  • shaikhmohammed

    hello sailujee, happy belated holi. i liked the recipe but i feel something is missing and that something is Garlic. green such as palak, methi, sarson etc. goes very well with garlic and i feel it is incomplete without it. pls. correct me if i m wrong. thanks.

    Its personal choice. You can add garlic if you like the flavor.

  • suparna

    Hi sailu,
    U have a fantastic blog. loved it completely. Must say U r doing a great job! love andhra food, shall try some of ur recipes 🙂

  • leena

    Hi sailu,
    I am a regular visit to your site and commenting for the first time though.I tried this recipe yday and it came out great!!! we all at home enjoyed it with hot phulkas.Thanks so much.U have a lovely and fantastic blog.

  • Cynthia

    One day I should try cooking spinach this way. Looks so healthy with all the green.

  • prajusha

    this recipe looks new to me…yummy..

  • Akansha’s Recipe

    Great job keep up the good work!!!

  • aany

    Hi Sailu, Great recipeis!!!keep it up and I just loves your website….thanks for such a good recepies.

    I have one problem, if you could help me…Today I cook butter paneer masala and it was not good as the gravy was not soft…I soak cashew and kasturi methi in water for some time and then crushed it but it never gets soft even if I add water to it and cz of that gravy remains bit kind of crunchy I can say….please help me and suggest me some thing to make gravy soft…It happens in all the punjabi subzi I cook containing cashew and kesturi and I dont like milk or cream so I dont add that to gravies I cook…I am new at cooking pls help….

    You need to soak the nuts in warm water for half an hour atleast and grind to make a smooth paste.

  • Sarita


    Wonderful dish. More than anything else, I like the quotes that are being published on the website. A very thought provoking spiritual touch.
    Thanks for posting the quotes.


  • pavithra

    Dear sailu,
    Rich look with great recipes !!!!!!!!!!!! keep it up

  • Soma

    I make methi paneer but in a very different way. the use of nuts & seeds are new to me … but i am sure that they make it taste good!

  • Anu

    Hello Sailu garu,

    Meeku Mee family ki Virodhi Nama samvatsara Subhakankshalu !!
    Esp to your Cute Nehal.

    B/w you can find your Ugadi pachadi snap in Sakshi news paper.
    I am giving the link below.

    I find that many people are using your pictures for Ugadi.
    Please start using some water mark or make your website/blog copy protected.

    Enjoy Your ugadi.

    Thank you, Anu. 🙂 Ugadi Subhakanshalu!!
    Thanks for informing me, appreciate it very much.

  • kalyani

    hi sailu:
    great post as ever 🙂 seems like a tweak on palak panneer but with all that blacnhing and cashew paste, am sure it would taste delicious..

    Happy Ugadi to u and ur family:)

  • shikha seth

    hi sailu….jst loveeeee your recipess………
    m new in cooking n your recipes helping me alot in dis…. thanxxxxx alot…:)

  • Deepti

    All recipes are really nice! Can you please suggest some easy recipes for 1 and a half year old!


  • Sirisha

    This worked great, although I noticed that blanching green chillies cut down the heat in the chillies. I’ll just add more next time, but can certainly appreciate your diligence in perfecting recipes to your family’s liking Sailu!

  • akhi

    hi sailu..where can i find melon seeds? can i replace it with any other ingredient?