Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Methi Rice and Aloo Dum

Do your kids like greens ? At least mine don't. And I can't blame them ! I used to hate greens (any saag) as a kid. But as I have grown older I have fallen in love with Methi. I hate bitter stuff too - but somehow methi leaves have an unique flavor and is a treat for me.

Since the methi leaves take a long time to clean, I don't make this dish that often. But when my Mom or Mother in law are around, we get treated to such simple pleasures regularly. My daughter loves sorting and cleaning these leaves with my Mom or mother-in-law, so it turns out to be nice grandma-grand kid bonding time too..

Here is a simple and quick dish to enjoy - absolute comfort food. Also its satvik food - can be eaten on pooja days too!

Sowmya this goes to you for your Cooking with Greens event.
Also sending this to Monthly Mingle - Ravishing Rice event at Edible Garden.

Methi Rice

Rice 1 cup
1 bunch of Methi leaves of cleaned well
2-3 Green chillies
1 tea spoon methi seeds
2 table spoon of Mustard Oil
a pinch of turmeric powder
Salt to taste

How To
Cook rice such that grains are separate. Use left over rice if you have any.
Heat oil and add methi seeds and the green chilies.
When they start spluttering, add methi leaves and salt and turmeric powder. Fry for 2-3 minutes. Add rice and salt. Mix well and serve hot.

1. I used to scrimp on the oil and always complained that my methi rice didn't taste like my Mom's. My mom said the methi leaves need to be fried nicely in oil to get the perfect flavor.
2. Dont add too many spices to this dish. Less is more here. The flavor of the methi leaves is delicate and too many spices overpower it.

Aloo Dum

7-8 small Potatoes boiled and each potato cut into 4 pieces
3 to 4 large Tomatoes - grated
1 tea spoon Chili powder
1 tea spoon cumin seeds
1/2 tea spoon of Turmeric powder
1 tea spoon of Garam Masala
Salt to taste
2 table spoon of Oil
2 cups of warm water

How to
Heat Oil in a pan and add cumin seeds.
When the seeds start sputtering, add tomatoes and salt and turmeric powder and chili powder. Fry the tomatoes until the oil leaves the sides. Do this on low fire or the tomatoes burn.
Then add the potatoes and add salt and garam masala and fry for 3-4 minutes.
Add 1 cup of warm water and cook on low fire for 5 minutes. Adjust the gravy consistency as required.
Serve fresh with methi rice.

I love my Aloo to be spicy and watery! You choose yours!


  1. Wow the rice looks so delicious! And so is dum aloo. I too love it to be spicy. Great combo with the rice!

  2. lovely healthy dish..great combination with aloo dum.. Nice tips

  3. A very healthy n delicious rice and also good combo with aloo dum :)

  4. Aloo and methi would be such a great comfort food

  5. hey HC,
    These days I've gone methi crazy ;)I too cooked up a couple of dishes back to back with the green bunchies!!hmmm...good combo and aloor dum is an all time welcome at my place :) nice neat click

  6. that looks so delicious...nice picture too!!!Thanks for participating in the event...

  7. Pooja, Padma, Cham - yeah perfect comfort food
    Kittymati - my mom's tips...I am sure she knows better, since hers turns out so nice.
    Suaprna - I love methi too. I use frozen ones too in parathas... Plus they are so good for health.
    Sowmya - if you can bear it , I have a few more methi ones.

  8. Both the dishes look so good ... methi rice sounds great! :-)

  9. Looks delish..i lov the bitterness in methi leaves..but never tried methi rice..u r right,me too hate to clean these methi leaves..Nice combo with dum aloo..

  10. methi rice looks awesome........i will try ur recipe today!!!!

  11. Should have been aromatic with methi in rice... Looks divine, oh wow the dum aloo looks very colrful and mouthwatering!!!

  12. Methi rice looks amazing, just love the bitterness of methi leaves and am drooling over dum aloo, my all time fav...

  13. Both the dishes looks gorgeous. The rice looks interesting and colorful.

  14. both looks so fab n the mild-spicy combo is something I love as well ..good one..:)

  15. Sharmila, Vrinda - I am glad you like it...
    Aruna - let me know how your methi rice turned out...
    Ramya, Priya and Dhanya - thanks for your generous comments.
    Varsha - yeah the mild-spicy combi is so good.

  16. thanks for the healthy entry :)

  17. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

    Rice looks delicious. Lovely green color. Dum aloo is yummy too.

  18. Delicious healthy rice recipe.

  19. Good to know an aromatic methi rice recipe from u dear. will try it very soon. Nice como with aloo.

  20. Looks like my first time here...Rice looks yummy..Nice combo..

  21. wow! looks very Heathy and tasty ...good one
    hey Thanks for visitng,and ur valuable comments @ my blog Keep visiting ..happy cooking

  22. Healthy and appealing too.Lovely combo:)

  23. Very healthy rice. glad you all liked it my friends

  24. Healthy n comfort food! I love spicy food, so no wonder I am craving for your Aloo dum!

  25. ohh my god...i am missing oriya foods in bangalore...i love all those items...can we taste ur food sometime here if u r coming for a seminar..??

  26. Dipti - most dishes I make are easy to make... Why not start here to learn ?

  27. Bahut bahut dhanyabad.Simple, yummy and awesome