Starting up the new year with another favorite restaurant style Indian curry preparation! vegan-ized, healthy-fied and simpli-fied with the same authentic flavors. Methi Rainbow Chard Malai Mutter.
Fenugreek(Methi) plant is used in several ways in Indian cuisine. The seeds frequently used in cooking as spice (in Tempering/tadka eg Kadhi– Spiced Yogurt gravy), added to pickles, or to Dosa crepe batter to help the fermentation. The leaves or plant used as a vegetable (Aloo Methi – Potato and bitter greens), and herb (dried or fresh leaves) added to soups and stews(Dal Tadka, Dal Makhani). Fenugreek also has cleansing and medicinal properties. Fenugreek is a tropical plant so it is difficult to find the fresh greens around here (found infrequently in the Indian stores around Seattle).
The leaves and seeds are known for their distinctive bitter taste. One of my favorite ways to eat Fenugreek used to be Methi Malai Mutter (Fresh Fenugreek greens and Peas in creamy buttery gravy). The gravy obviously had a good amount of cream, butter and sometimes grated Paneer(cottage cheese). This version of course, does not use any of that and also uses Rainbow chard which is much more easily available in the Northwest. Some dried Fenugreek leaves help add the Methi flavor and result is amazingly delicious. Hence, Chard Malai Mutter! Think a spinach artichoke dip but more of a side. You can serve it like a dip with chips too. Spiced Indian style greens, peas and cream dip.
Add this restaurant style Indian curry to your 2014 must make Indian food list!
More Vegani-ized Indian curries, Dals, Beans, Chickpeas and Stews and dry veggie curries can be found under Main Course India category on the blog here.
Saute the onion, ginger, garlic and chili.
Add chard and spices and cook until wilted.
Add peas and methi and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the cream,salt and sugar and mix well.
Bring to a boil. Mix in Kasmiri garam masala and serve hot.
Rainbow chard and Peas in creamy gravy - vegan Chard Malai Mutter
- 2 teaspoons oil
- 1/2 (0.5 ) medium onion chopped
- 1/2 (0.5 ) Serrano chili pepper chopped or to taste
- 3-4 cloves (3 to 4 cloves) of garlic finely chopped
- 1/2 inch (0.5 inch) ginger finely chopped
- 3-4 (3 to 4 ) large chard leaves chopped (chopped 2.5-3 cups packed) or use other Greens
- 1/2 cup (72.5 g) peas
- 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) cumin powder or cumin seeds
- 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) cinnamon powder
- 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) cardamom powder
- 2 tsp Kasoori Methi dried Fenugreek leaves or 1/4 tsp fenugreek seed powder
- 1/4 (0.25 ) loaded cup soaked cashews soak in hot water for 15 minutes
- 3/4 cup (187.5 ml) almond milk or non dairy milk
- 1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) salt
- 1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) raw sugar or other sweetener
- 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) Kashmiri garam masala optional (or use regular garam masala + a pinch of ground cloves)
- In a pan, add oil and heat on low-medium heat. Add onions, chili, ginger and garlic and cook until onions are golden. Stir occasionally. If using ginger garlic paste, add to pan after onions are golden. Add the spices and mix well. Add chard, mix, cover and cook for 4-5 minutes until wilted. (If using other greens adjust cooking time till wilted). Add peas and fenugreek leaves, mix and cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Blend the soaked cashews with non dairy milk until well blended. Add the cashew cream, salt and sugar to the pan. Mix and cook on low heat until the cream just comes to a boil.
- Add 1/4 tsp Kashmiri garam masala if you have some and mix. Taste and adjust salt and spice. Add cayenne if needed for heat. Add more water or non dairy milk if you like more gravy or thinner consistency. Serve hot with Naan, rotis, rice or quinoa. Or with Pita/chips as a dip!
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