Friday, April 11, 2008

Methi Aloo Curry

Methi Allo curry is a gravy dish and it is nice to have with chapatis, roti, rotti, dosa, idli, poori and even plain rice.
I have used methi/fenugrik leaves, tomatoes, potatoes and simple spices like garam masala and rasam powder.
Lets see some benefits of Methi/Fenugrik in our diet. (Leaves and seeds).
Fenugrik/methi helps reduce the cholesterol level and protect our heart. It helps to boost our immune system. It is good for people who suffer from anemia, dandruff, stomach disorder, mouth ulcer, diabetes and inflammations. It is also good for ladies (post pregnancy) for lactating and helps to improve the digestion. It is loaded with good minerals like iron, magnesium, manganese and copper and Vitamin B6, protein and dietary fiber.
No Onion or No Garlic added in this curry. Methi Aloo Curry is a simple dish that any one can try and get good result.
Lets see the recipe now :

Things needed :

Methi leaves : 1 bunch
Potato : 1
Tomato : 2
Green chilly : 1
Ginger : a little
Garam Masala : 1/2 Teaspoon
Rasam or Sambaar powder :  1 Teaspoon
Turmeric powder : a pinch
Salt : to taste.
Water : 1 cup ( Small cup )
Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Curry leaves : 6 to 8

Method :

1. Wash methi leaves and cut. ( You can cut off 3/4 of the stem if it is not tender ).
2. Wash and remove the outer part of ginger and cut into small.
3. Wash and cut tomatoes (remove the seeds), green chilly and
4. Wash and boil potato and keep it aside.
5. Keep a pan on the fire. Put cut methi leaves, tomatoes, cut ginger and cook with required water.

6. Remove the outer layer of potato and cut into small pieces. (or you can smash).
7. Let methi leaves cook till they turn soft. Add turmeric powder, salt. Cut potato pieces.

8. Add garam masala powder and rasam powder. Mix it well and let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes.

9. Keep a small pan on the fire and heat. Add a tablespoon of oil. Add mustard and jeera.
10. Let mustard seeds splutter, add cut green chilly and curry leaves. Fry nicely for 10 seconds.
11. Put this mustard seeds seasonings to the cooked curry. Mix it well and cook for 2 minutes.
12. Shift Methi - Aloo curry to a serving dish and serve with the main dish.

Note. : 

 You can add coriander powder and red chilly powder instead of rasam powder. Use of spices is optional. Adding garlic and onion is optional. Adding cream or butter (1 Tablespoon) turns the gravy more tasty. (Optional).
Time : 20 Minutes
Serves : 2 to 3.

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