Sunday, January 20, 2008

Methi Pulav / Menthya Bath


This weekend happens to be a 4 day long one. With the Saturday spent shopping and eating out, hubby was giving me the looks that i need to spend sometime in the kitchen too.Me being the Sweet ME, i cooked an elaborate meal for him today (the cook in me was actually coaxing me to :) ). The main course was Methi Pulav or what we call at home as the Menthya Bath(Menthya in Kannada refers to Fenugreek leaves and bath refers to any rice dish). The recipe being from a sis of mine who cooks just so her family survives :) , i was pleasantly surprised with the end result. It tasted real yumm.... Thanks Veena! I did make some changes to the original recipe ofcourse!

Ingredients:
  • 5 -6 Tblspns Oil
  • 2 Tblspn Ghee
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 small pieces of cinnamon
  • 2 cardamom
  • 1 Tomato chopped
  • 1 large onion sliced thin and slit widthwise
  • 3 Garic cloves(the fat ones) chopped
  • Pudina(mint) leaves picked from 5 sticks and chopped coarse
  • Methi(Fenugreek) leaves picked from 1 huge bunch and chopped coarse
  • 1 1/2 cups Rice
  • 1 1/2 cup peas
  • water
  • salt to taste
To grind(Masala):
  • 1 onion
  • 8 green chillies(as per your tolerance)
  • Pudina leaves from 6 sticks
  • 7 garlic cloves(fat ones)
    4 cloves
  • 1" cinnamon stick
  • 3 cardamom
  • 1" ginger
  • 1 heaped tblspn Coriander(Dhania) powder
  • 10 sticks fresh coriander
  • 3 Tblspns grated coconut(optional)
  • 2 pinches Turmeric powder
Procedure:

  1. Grind all the ingredients listed in the masala section to a smooth paste and keep aside
  2. Wash and soak the rice in water for 1 hour.
  3. Heat the oil in a heavy bottom vessel.
  4. Add the spices-cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and fry until you get a nice aroma.
  5. Add the garlic followed by sliced onions and fry till soft.
  6. Now add the tomato and greens(pudina and Methi). fry for 1 minute .
  7. Lower the heat ,add the masala and fry till you get rid of the raw smell.
  8. Now drain the water from the rice and add the rice along with the peas and fry for a while.
  9. Add the required amount of boiling water to cook the rice. (here i do not mension the amount of water since it varies depending on the variety of rice. Generally the rice to water proportion is 1:2. For Basmati , water added is a little less ).add the salt to taste.
  10. Cook till the rice is done.
  11. Serve hot with a onion and tomato raita.
Please forgive me for the poor picture. Anyways its the taste that matters, and it does taste good:) .Try it to find out.
Variation: You could add mutton with this same recipe, it tastes amazing.

16 comments:

ashima said...

WOW, Thanu this looks absolutely heavenly! mmmm - I absolutely LOVE Methi and your Methi Pulav / Menthya Bath sounds so devine! I can see it must be such a treat at your sister's home and now yours! YUM!

And you know what? your household and mine must be on the same schedule. We also enjoyed methi this weekend. Though we just added it to atta and made methi rotis.

Hope you all had a great weekend :o) Judging from your pics of this yummy dish, I'm sure you did! :o) Best wishes

Laavanya said...

I've not tried Methi pulav before but with the flavours going into this recipe am sure it was a treat for your tastebuds.

Rashmi said...

Sounds Yum! I will definitely try this one out. Thanu, I have to admit, I am a frequent visitor to your site and have tried most of your recipes. I have just been lazy for not posting any comments:) My hubby is glad that he gets some good food. One of our favorite is the chilly chicken. Thank you and keep it coming.

Anonymous said...

I tried your recipe without the masala and another variation i did was I added peas with the methi and it turned out very good!!

Thanks!

shriya said...

This is a very tasty looking pulav. I wonder how much of methi's flavor you can taste after cooking. Looks delicious.

AnuSriram said...

Looks gr8.. Haven't tried this b4... a gr8 recipe to try!

ashima said...

Best wishes with your classes!!!
Ashish mentioned you're taking some :o) I am so excited to hear!

Hope you are well and enjoying the winter! lots of hugs!

Happy Valentines day!!

Satish MG said...

Nams
I followed every line...Thanks, the bath was excellento! Keepup

Cheers
MG

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

why is the ghee used for mentoned in the ingredients required???

soma said...

I HAVE TRIED THIS AND IT REALLY TASTES WELL, EVEN MY 5 YR OLD SON LIKED IT, AS HE DISLIKES GREEN BUT THIS ONE IS HIS LIKING.

soma said...

I HAVE TRIED THIS, EVEN MY 5 YR OLD LIKED IT, THANKS IT WAS EASY AND TASTY.

Rhea said...

Thanks Thanu for posting the recipe. I tried and it came out great. My husband absolutely loved it...

Vinay Shekhar said...

Plagiarism alert:

http://nannamanneadige.blogspot.de/2012/06/methi-pulav-menthya-bath.html?showComment=1373760385929#c3024777799785109874

Thanu said...

Thanks for that alert Vinay. Irrespective of whether or not I am active on the blog, the fact remains that I own the contents and its just not ethically right to copy stuff . I plan to send a msg to her and take it from there. Thanks again Vinay.

Thanu said...

She has copied some of my other posts as well. Seriously don't understand her need to start a blog when she doesn't have anything original to post .