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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Methi Malai Paneer (Creamy Fenugreek leaves with cottage cheese)

Methi Malai Matar (Creamy Fenugreek leaves with Peas)  is one of the favorites in my house. It serves as a wonderful treat to the palates, whenever we are bored of eating the curries with red chilli powder and all the regular spices.  This time I had all the ingredients for the dish but was running out of peas, so decided to substitute it with paneer (cottage cheese). And voila`, it was rather a double treat. The creaminess of the paneer plus the creaminess of this curry works wonders. But don't be deceived by its white creamy look. The green chillies, ginger and all the other spices gives enough heat and spice to it, to make this Methi Malai Paneer flavorful.

Methi Malai Paneer (Creamy Fenugreek leaves with Cottage Cheese)
Methi Malai Paneer (Creamy Fenugreek leaves with Cottage Cheese)

Methi Malai Paneer (Creamy Fenugreek leaves with cottage cheese) - Recipe
Methi (Fenugreek leaves) - 1 bunch / 2 cups
Paneer (Cottage cheese) - 1 packet of 100 grams / 1 and half cups
Fresh Cream -  1 cup
Yogurt - 1 tablespoon
Onion - 1 large
Cashews - handful
Poppy seeds (Khuskhus) - 1 teaspoon
Sugar - 2 teaspoons
Green chillies - 4-5
Ginger - 1/2 inch
Jeera (Cumin seeds) - 1 teaspoon
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch
Cloves - 2-3
Cardamom - 1 (deseeded)
Ghee / Oil - 1 tablespoon
Asafoetida powder - 1 pinch
Salt
Ingredients for Methi Malai Paneer
Ingredients for Methi Malai Paneer

1. Blanch methi (fenugreek) leaves in hot salted water for 10 mins. Then drain them well and chop them finely.
2. Meanwhile soak cashews and poppy seeds in half a cup of water.
3. Chop onions roughly. Make a paste of onions, soaked cashews, poppy seeds, green chillies, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, cumin seeds, sugar and yogurt. You can use the same water to make the paste that was used to soak the poppy seeds and cashews. The paste must be very smooth and creamy.
4. Chop Paneer into small cubes. Heat oil in a pan and lightly shallow fry these cubes and keep aside.
5. In the same pan, add some more oil and temper with asafoetida powder.
6. Add the paste and saute' on a medium flame until the raw smell of the onion vanishes. (Approximately 7-10 minutes)
7. Add the chopped methi leaves and paneer cubes, mix well and cover and cook for 10 minutes. Since the methi leaves were blanched earlier, it doesn't take too long to cook.
8. Add salt and the cream and mix well. Let it boil for couple of minutes.

Methi Malai Paneer (Creamy Fengreek leaves with cottage cheese)
Methi Malai Paneer (Creamy Fengreek leaves with cottage cheese)

Serve hot with roti or rice. Jeera rice or ghee rice goes very well this creamy flavorful curry.

Some variations:
1. You can add peas and paneer both for more flavorful curry.
2. Reduce the quantity of cream, if you want to make it a healthy one.
3. Substitute methi with spinach leaves or paneer with tofu.

Methi Malai Paneer (Creamy Fenugreek leaves with Cottage Cheese)
Methi Malai Paneer (Creamy Fenugreek leaves with Cottage Cheese)

38 comments:

  1. looks so delicious and rich creamy malai paneer...

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  2. Looks very yummy ad creamy..Lovely combination of methi and paneer:)

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  3. Wow meghana the methi malai looks very tempting and perfectly done.

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  4. Methi and paneer! I love both! Must be a great dish.

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  5. Anything with paneer is my favourite! This looks absolutely tongue licking:-)

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  6. very creamy and perfectly done..

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  7. looks rich creamy and tempting recipe.. well made!!!
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  8. So creamy and smooth..loved this rich and flavourful curry.very tempting!

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  9. Nice and creamy. Different from the usual paneer masala.

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  10. very creamy and yummy.. loved the colour
    Noel collections

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  11. I happy to visit my space n follow me, keep on Meghana... creamy delicious one!!!

    VIRUNTHU UNNA VAANGA

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  12. Cant take my eyes from ur super rich looking methi malai paneer, simply loving it.

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  13. ur creamy dis is so tempting make me hungry.
    hi Meghna there are many bloggers in banglore i am also here now a days if there is any meet pl inform me

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  14. Love Methi Matar Paneer, absolutely delicious and lovey clicks

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  15. ah meg I love his especially for the cheese:)))
    Im following you

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  16. looks so yummy and creamy......

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  17. I'm growing methi in my vegetable garden, so I'll try this dish. It looks amazing!

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  18. wow..this looks really creamy & delicious..Yummy !!
    Thanx for linking it to my event :-)

    Ongoing Events of Erivum Puliyum @ Palakkad Chamayal-Fenugreek Leaves OR Green Chillies

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  19. looking creamy and delicious....perfect clicks :)

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  20. very creamy and rich delicious gravy...love it with some garlic Naan :)
    Spicy Treats

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  21. Looks inviting...so creamy and nice click....

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  22. rich and creamy.. love the colour...yummm

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  23. Love the recipe.. creamy and yummy.
    Happy following you back!

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  24. wow...looks very yummy..bookmarked!

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  25. Wonderful and tempting recipe!!

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  26. Addition of paneer instead of peas is a great idea..nice recipe..looks totally delicious
    Thanks for linking to the event

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  27. Hi Meghana ,

    Methi malai paneer looks nice and delicious !!!

    Drop a comment on Lavanya's recipe of my Cabbage curry :)))

    Thank you and Keep on Meghana...

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  28. The creamy curry looks awesome..

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  29. cheesy n creamy... simply love this delicious gravy.

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  30. Yummy & creamy dish...

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  31. Looks so creamy, tempting & tasty curry!

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  32. soooo creamy ,so delicious ...looks awesome..yummy

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  33. This is quick & it looks beautiful too Delicious,love the colour of it..
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