Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Mushroom-methi-matar .. A delectable curry

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Hi.
One can confirm from my previous posts that ever since the onset of winter I have concentrated largely on greens. When we visit any North Indian restaurant Methi matar malai is normally seen in the menu card. I wanted to cook Mushroom. Now S is not a die hard fan of it, it’s kind of a compromise eating that. I surely try to make something interesting with Mushroom so that he can eat it pleasurably.
S loves Methi (fenugreek leaves) in any thing, so I had a good chance to experiment. As we all know that the greens reduce largely in volume on cooking..so does the Mushroom…that’s how peas came into the picture..err the curry.. to increase the volume.
Any curried vegetable tastes good if the curry/gravy is made to perfection. How one makes a good curry is an art and I guess all my blogger pals will agree to that….The perfect blend of spices along with the basic onion-ginger-garlic combination is what I have surely learnt, have been appreciated by many for my curries and  have taken tips for the same. While I was roasting the  masala for this curry my friend M had come to catch up with me. She entered saying what are you making, I can smell Methi and then she  entered the kitchen and said now I can smell Dalchini too. She quickly learnt what I had added to the gravy and said I am making this for sure..this smells so good.
In this curry even if I  had replaced the Malai from the Methi malai matar with the Mushrooms,  the curry was not rich  but surely it was delectable. It had the nice aroma of Fenugreek,  the Mushrooms had absorbed all the flavors and spices very well and the peas were placed elegantly in this trio. It’s  a perfect side dish for every day cooking and is worth enough to charm your guests. My children loved every bit and I did not see S fussing at all,  in fact I just heard…it’s very nice.smile_regular

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Ingredients
200 gm Mushroom chopped
a large handful of fenugreek/Methi chopped
a cup of peas boiled
To grind together
2 large onions roughly chopped
2 tomatoes
4-5 garlic pods
1/2 inch piece ginger
a small piece cinnamon
2-3 cardamom
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
5  tsp desiccated dry coconut
spices…
1/2 tsp turmeric
2-3 tsp red chili pwd
3 tsp coriander pwd
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp cumin pwd
Method
Heat about 6-7 tbsp oil. Fry the chopped fenugreek leaves till crisp and keep aside. Frying  Methi helps reduce the bitterness to a great extent plus adds a nice texture. In the same oil add the ground paste and saute it till done and the oil separates. Now add all the spices except the garam masala and saute for  a minute. Add the mushrooms and salt and cook till done. Add  the peas and fried Methi and mix properly, check the consistency, if required add a little water. Just before turning the flame add the garam masala and mix. Garnish with some fresh cream and serve with Naan or Paratha.

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66 comments:

Prathibha said...

Sounds yummy and looks gr8....Even I have similar dupatta(guess u have used dupatta in d back ground)

Rekha shoban said...

looks creamy and yummy!!

Kanchan said...

Hmmm very innovative ! 4M dish : Methi Malai Matar Mushroom ... gives 5th M Marvelous combination :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

awesome recipe..

Khaugiri said...

Lovely Pari..... I'll definitely try this one!!!

Pari said...

dear Prathy ya that's surely my stoll in the background.
Preeti let me know how it turned out.
Kanchan the 4th M malai was only for presentation, can't afford it on my waistline.Thanks for the 5th M..marvellous.
Rekha and Shamam thank you for appreciating.

Nandini said...

Ah! Rich, creamy and glossy curry! Love it! Nutritious and alluring!

shanthi said...

Great and awesome side dish with chapathis

Bergamot said...

looks delicious. would be great with some parathas

Anncoo said...

The colour of this curry looks perfect.

Arundhuti S. Rama said...

love mushrooms. this one i have to try...looks very delicious..

Rachana Kothari said...

Wow!!! A super delicious Curry :)

Latha said...

Yummy curry....loved the combo....will try it soon and let u know :).

Vrinda said...

Healthy and creamy curry,nice one...

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

I can eat a few roti with that delicious mushroom gravy: yummy yum yum:)

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

That surely looks so creamy & delicious. The more greens better it is, love the idea of adding methi also to this.

Jaya Wagle said...

That looks yummy Pari though I have never tried or even heard of frying fresh methi leaves in oil before. Sounds interesting. Do they soak up a lot of oil?

Pari said...

Thank you Ancoo, Bergamot, Latha, Shanthiji, Nandini,Sadhana & Muskaan, Saraswati for all the encouragement and appreciation. The Curry is surely nutritive and tasty too.
Dear Jaya this was an experiment which I tried and was glad that it succeeded. Ya, Methi does absorb a little oil as it turns crispy..else how will it turn crispy! That's why I take limited oil fry in that and then remove some oil and cook my gravy in limited oil. So when the Methi is added things get adjusted. I hope my answer satisfies ur querry.

prasu said...

oh pari dear.............this curry looks totally delicious with that creamy and glossy texture....

Deepti said...

Gr8 recipe n luks yummy...i m big fan of mushroom-matar...nxt time when i hv methi at home will surely try this.

Anshika said...

The curry is extremely delicious. I love it. I also love methi malai chicken, similar to this and equally tasty.

Rachel said...

dacadence at its best :)

Trendsetters said...

ummmm looks yummy...

K said...

Pari, I too love greens. Lucky that you get methi leaves there. Gravy looks delicious!

Pavithra said...

The curry looks soooooooooooooo delicious perfect side dish for roti.. love it.

Asha said...

Delectable sauce and combo of vegs indeed, looks scrumptious!

Pari said...

Dear Trendsetters, Prasu, Anshika, Deepti thank u for those sweet comments, ur comments encourage me to experiment more.
K we are really lucky to enjoy greens right now, I love the greens too.
Dear Pavithra thank u that u found my blog worth following, pleasure is mine. There's so much to learn from u. It will be fun interacting more with u.
Ashaji thanks for that sweet comment, coming from u means a lot.

Parita said...

A fantastic combo dear!!

Gulmohar said...

I have some chapathis..would you pass it n to me ;-) great combo Pari..thanks !!

Preeti Kashyap said...

This is indeed a delectable subzi....for the curry leaves in pav bhaji u mentioned under my post...i didn't add thecurry leaves powder to my bhaji....it was one of the ingredients in the everest pav bhaji masala :)

PJ said...

Pari, how can I get this for lunch? :) Really, curry ekdam chhan diste aahe! Very clever trick of frying methi.. and I am glad that your mushroom disguise was loved by your family, now you can make more mushroom dishes like these for my benefit :D

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

this curry looks so rich..i normally do mushroom matar..liked d addition of methi in it!
Renuka
http://cookingyummy.blogspot.com/

Pari said...

Dear PJ and Namitha u are cordially invited to enjoy this curry at my place. Do visit when u come to India :)
PJ I have to constantly use my little grey cells to feed these 3 men in my life. Te mhanatat na premachi vaat pota pasoon hrudaya paryanta jaate. Agdi khara ahe te.

radha said...

I love the flavour of methi. And this would really taste good with soft rotis.

Gita said...

Mushrooms with methi mutter sounds awesome....looks so delicious and tempting..I have to try this soon :)

Shri said...

Simply fantastic Pari!

Priya said...

U have combined all my favourite mushroom,methi and matar, curry looks tremendous and awesome...

kothiyavunu said...

Great combo!!Very creamy and tempting curry! Looks ready for my rotis:D

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Yummy...love the combo

Dolly said...

Dear Pari, what an awesome dish. Its a smart way to eat mushrooms and make others eat as well if they are not that fond of it..I'll make this dish for sure, as I'm the only one who loves Mushroom..I do make Mushroom peas though. But adding Methi will make the dish really delectable. Beautiful and mouth watering Clicks.

Katy ~ said...

I have to smile that after all our hard work to make something that may be questioned into something delicious that we are rewarded with, it's very nice. Makes it worthwhile.

Sowmya said...

I never tried any mushroom recipe...but this 1 luks cool n easy to make...will try this once..thanks for the recipe..

Ms.Chitchat said...

Very interesting. Your pic is too good, it reflects the richness and freshness of the dish. Worth a try at home. Thx for sharing a beautiful recipe.

Chitchat

jeyashrisuresh said...

i too never tried mushrooms in any curry.Love the combo of ingredients.

Bong Mom said...

Have had methi matar but the mushroom must bring it to a new height

Tina said...

Looks yummy and creamy...

my kitchen said...

Wow curry looks creamy & delicious

Pari said...

Thank you Bong Mom for dropping by and appreciating. keep visiting :)
Dear Katy, there's immense pleasure in feeding the family and especially when they enjoy what I make.
Dolly, I am so glad that my clicks have tempted you, pls try it and let me know.
Dear Chitchat, pleasure is always mine when my preparation is liked by my friends. Do give me a feed back when you try this.
Dear Jayashree do experiment now...
Thank u Tina, Sowmya, My Kitchen Queen,Radha, Gita, Sangeetha and Priya for all the appreciation.

Padhu said...

Wow! Nice combination.Have bookmarked to try.

SriLekha said...

looks so yummy!

Akal's Saappadu said...

wonderful combination and especially the thing is that everybody loved it; what more can bring so much of satisfaction to the one who cooks, right? delicious curry!!!

Jagruti said...

Hey Pari

great combo curry..looks fresh and yummy..gone a try soon..

Yasmeen said...

Delicious combination of flavors :D

SE said...

wow...this looks so wonderful...I am sure this is the best season in India for fresh veggies..i can only imagine !!

munchcrunchandsuch said...

this combination rocks..and I love methi in any form.delcious it looks

Soma Pradhan said...

Looks delicious...Will soon try this out

sowmya.s said...

looks spicy and so delicious..

Rekha shoban said...

Please collect ur award from blog dear!

Rekha shoban said...

Please collect ur award from blog dear!

sulagna said...

pari hiii and i am really sorry for visiting your blog after sucha long time...yummy food ya...you kow sumthn?? m really fond of cooking n now i have a foodie blo friend..oh jee awesome this is !!

Pari said...

Hi sulagna, welcome to my blog. It will be pleasure interacting with u. Thanks for the appreciation dear.
Dear Akal, ya, there's immense satisfation when the preparation get's appreciated.
Surely SE this is the best season to enjoy all kinds of veggies, but prices have not dropped this year, I really wonder how the poor survive..
Jagruti, Padhu and Soma let me know ur reactions after u have tried this.

Deepa G Joshi said...

excellent dish..love the combination..never tried methi and mushroom..farach chaan..

Sushma Mallya said...

one of my favourite dish which i used to order in restaurant...looks very delicious, thanks for this yummy recipe pari...

Siddhi S said...

gr8 dish pari

Anonymous said...

Can i use paneer

Anonymous said...

Can i use paneer

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