Methi chi Bhaji is a simple maharashtrian recipe but fabulous in taste and this is one of the healthiest recipes with fenugreek.

RECIPE :

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch fresh fenugreek leaves(methi) say about 2 cups washed well and roughly chopped
  • 1 big onion finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp yellow moong dal washed and soaked in water for 1 hour and then drained 
  • 2 to 3 tbsp oil
  • 3 to 4 green chillies slit lengthwise (adjust to taste)
  • 5 to 6 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 3/4th tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/8 tsp asafoetida
  • 1/4th tsp turmeric powder
  • Sugar to taste
  • Salt to taste

METHOD:

  • Heat oil in an iron kadai, pop in mustard seeds.
  • When they splutter add asafoetida , turmeric powder, chopped green chillies and chopped garlic. Saute till garlic  gives a nice aroma.
  • Add chopped onions and saute till transluscent, then add moong dal and saute well.
  • Add methi leaves and saute on a high flame till they wilt, Then lower the flame and saute till they wilt completely. Only then add salt and sugar.
  • The methi will take 7 to 8 minutes to cook.Stir occassionally.
  • Serve hot with bhakris, chapatis or even as a side dish with rice.

NOTE:

  • If the leaves are not tender you’ll need to add more sugar as methi leaves get bitter with age.

TIPS:

  • The best part of this recipe is you can substitute it with any leafy vegetable.
  • While cooking leafy vegetables always add salt after they wilt, as the quantity decreases and you’ll know exactly how much salt to add.
  • Also remember leafy veg have their own salt content.
  • Do Not cover leafy vegetables while cooking. They lose their colour.
  • Sugar reduces the bitterness of the leaves and also gives added flavour.
  • This recipe tastes best when cooked in an iron kadai.