24 March 2008

Methi Aloo

Methi alu is a dry side accompanying rice or rotis, combing the benefits of methi with the ever popular potatoes, mildly seasoned with turmeric, chilli and garlic. Fenugreek or methi has been used in ancient Indian and Chinese medicine to treat a number of ailments from bronchitis and arthritis to inflammations, rashes and digestive disorders and promoting healthy metabolism. Recent studies have shown that fenugreek lowers blood glucose and cholestrol levels and are hence used in treating diabetes and cardiovascular problems. Read more about benefits of methi here and here. Turmeric, popularly used in Indian cooking is considered a cleanser, blood purifyer, antiseptic and most importantly for it anti-cancer properties. Read about the benefits of turmeric here and here. This healthy combination of fenugreek and turmeric in the form of methi aloo makes an appearence on our table whenever fresh methi is available at the wholesale market. Methi aloo is clearly not a favourite due to the bitterness of methi. Sauteing the methi leaves till they wilt lightly removes the bitter taste. This post goes to Barbara for her LiveSTRONG with a Taste of Yellow event.

You need:

1 onion finely chopped
1 tomato finely chopped
2 large potatoes boiled and chopped
2 cups fenugreek leaves/methi
1 green chilli minced
1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp chilli powder
salt to taste

Heat a pan and add the fenugreek leaves/methi to it. Stir till it wilts slightly. This removes the bitter taste of the leaves. Remove the leaves from the pan. Now add some oil to the pan and throw in the cumin seeds and allow it to splutter. Add the onion and garlic and stir-fry. Add the potatoes, green chilli and tomato and cok till the tomato turns soft. Add the fenugreek leaves, salt, red chilli powder and turmeric and cook for 5 minutes till the flavours blend. Serve hot with rice or rotis.


Seena said...

Love this dish Jyo,looks nice..! :)

SMN said...

hey this is lovely i blogged it last month easy and nice side dish for chapatis..

sra said...

Hi Jyothsna, your new template - I like the colour, but on my computer, it's taking time to load, could it be the background pix? The dish looks nice and mild.

Jayashree said...

Love the new look....aloo methi really is an easy and delectable dish, isn't it???

indosungod said...

this is my favorite way to eat Methi, always welcome

Jyothsna said...

Seena - Thanks!
Smn - Yes it is!
Sra - I think it's the RCI post, it takes a while to load. Will do something to fix that.
Jayasree - Thanks!
Indo - It's actually not my favourite way of eating methi!!:)

Jyothsna said...
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TBC said...

Hey Jyothsna,
Love the red color of the template. And the apple look so fresh and juicy. I just want to bite into it!
I was so busy looking at other things here that I almost didn't see your post!;-)

Uma said...

looks delicious, nice template.

Richa said...

wow! aloo methi is such a fav :)

Vaishali said...

Jyothsna, methi aloo is such a treat. Love your picture too.

Nags said...

i have never cooked with methi.. have an aversion towards anything even remotely bitter, except chocolate :D

Kalai said...

I love methi!!! This is a wonderful dish that I love, too. Nice one!

Jyothsna said...

TBC - Those are cherries...:)
Uma, Richa, Vaishali, Kalai - Thanks!
Nags - Try this version, you won't feel the bitterness.

Barbara said...

Hi Jyothsna Thanks for supporting LiveSTRONG With A Taste Of Yellow. The methi aloo sounds interesting. I'd like to try it.