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!
- 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
- salt to taste
- 1 onion
- 8 green chillies(as per your tolerance)
- Pudina leaves from 6 sticks
- 7 garlic cloves(fat ones)
- 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
- Grind all the ingredients listed in the masala section to a smooth paste and keep aside
- Wash and soak the rice in water for 1 hour.
- Heat the oil in a heavy bottom vessel.
- Add the spices-cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and fry until you get a nice aroma.
- Add the garlic followed by sliced onions and fry till soft.
- Now add the tomato and greens(pudina and Methi). fry for 1 minute .
- Lower the heat ,add the masala and fry till you get rid of the raw smell.
- Now drain the water from the rice and add the rice along with the peas and fry for a while.
- 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.
- Cook till the rice is done.
- 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.