Sunday, January 16, 2011

Methi Pulao-Methi Rice-Fenugreek rice

I love greens and make it a point to prepare greens at least 4 days a week as I strongly believe that we are what we eat. Here, we have methi (vendaya keerai) season now and we get fresh greens at our doorstep. So here I am with another methi recipe. I prepare methi rice in two ways - One is this onion tomato base and another is Vendhya keerai sadam using South Indian masala. Both are very tasty and delicious and a great way to include greens in our diet. Do try this and you will love it. You can also pack it for lunch with any raitha/pachadi as side dish.

Methi Pulao

Methi Pulao-How to make Methi rice

Methi Pulao-Methi rice

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryLunch-Rice Recipes
 Recipe CuisineNorth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Basmati Rice - 1 cup
   Onion - 2 medium size
   Ripe Tomatoes - 3
   Ginger-Garlic paste - 1 tsp
   Methi leaves - 1 cup tightly packed
   Salt as required
   Ghee/Butter - 1 tsp

   Spice Powder

   Coriander powder -2 tsp
   Chilli Powder -1 tsp
   Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
   Garam masala -3/4 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 1 tbsp
   Jeera/cumin seeds -1 tsp
   Fennel seeds/sombu -1 tsp
   Bay leaf -1


Chop onion and tomatoes finely.

Soak rice for 20 minutes. Drain the water completely. Heat a tsp of ghee/butter and fry the drained rice for a few minutes. Keep it aside. This step is optional but it does gives a nice flavor to the rice.

methi rice-fenugreek rice-methi pulao

Heat oil, add cumin seeds, fennel seeds and bay leaf ,when jeera and fennel sizzles, add chopped onion and saute till it turns transparent.

The add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a few more seconds.

Add all the spice powder given under 'spice powder'.

Add tomatoes and saute for a few more minutes followed by methi leaves. Saute well till the leaves wilt.

Add needed salt , 2 cups of boiling water, rice and cook covered. Tips - to check if the salt added is right, taste the water and see.

If using pressure cooker, cook for 3 whistles. I usually keep a vessel inside the cooker and cook otherwise you do not have to cook for 3 whistles.

If using rice cooker, transfer the contents to a rice cooker and switch on the cooking mode.

Serve it hot with raitha or chips. It taste heavenly.

More Methi/Fenugreek Recipes

Methi Paratha

Aloo Methi Subzi

Vendhaya Keerai Sadam (South Indian style)

Methi Matar Malai

Meet you all again with more interesting recipes and tips, till then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.


  1. yummy looking rice...and healthy too...and the tomato basket looks so cute.

  2. beautifully made Padhu. love methi pulao.

  3. Such a healthy and yummy it..

  4. Pulao is looking awesome! methi is making it so much nutritious :)

  5. very healthy dish,have not tried methi in rice so far,must try.very cute tomato carving too!

  6. methi is one of my fav cooking ingredients and your methi pulav looks simply fabulous n sure it tastes as good it looks

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  7. I love this very much..very nice recipe!

    US Masala

  8. Looks so delish wish i had this for dinner.

  9. seems to be delicious & love to have some

  10. Simple rice, sounds wonderful :)

  11. Looks nice Padhu. Half the time I forget that there are simple and healthy recipes like this I can make in no time. Good to be a part of blogging world.

  12. wow..thats was healthy n yummy combo padhu..happy ponggal!

  13. Methi pulao looks delicious nice recipe.

  14. Truly divine.....too tempting to resist...

  15. very healthy and delicious.....

  16. Love methi rice...loooks really yumm

  17. Tempting healthy dish...good combo.

  18. nice dish.

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  19. Very nutritious and I find this very aromatic also...that's a cute tomato basket Padhu.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  20. Yummy methi pulao and that tommato basket is soo cute...

  21. its near 12midnight here and after seeing yours, i feel hungry.... really superb dear...

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  22. Nutritious and yummy pulao,tempting dish.

  23. Such a flavourful rice dear!!! Am soooo hungry right now! :D

  24. Got to try the pulao version with methi, this one looks yum!

  25. i want to try this for a long time.looks nice

  26. Never tried methi pulav before..Looks healthy and yummy..

  27. looks perfect and delicious dear....

  28. Looks delicious... I love pulao and this has made me hungry!!

  29. I cannot wait to try this recipe out -- looks mouth-watering and healthy....I am constantly amazed by the number of talented, creative people in my food blog world :))

  30. do have a variety collection of yummy recipes..
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty appetite

  31. You make it awesome Padhu! I love the flavor of methi leaves so much and you add another tasty dish in my menu!

  32. The methi pulao looks yummy!! You have a lovely blog and thanks for visting my blog!!!

  33. your rice dish sounds so good and healthy.
    thanks for sharing.
    hope you're having a wonderful weekend

  34. This recipe was fantastic! I had a hankering for Methi Pulao after tasting it in India years ago. I worried that the conventional measurements would be off (as I have often experienced with "by eye" cooks turning their food into recipes), but it was perfect! Honestly, some of the best Indian food I have ever made at home and super easy. Thanks for sharing! I'll have a look at other recipes on your site.

  35. Very very simple and tasty recipe. Adding boiling water is an amazing trick to keep methi from turning bitter! Thanks for sharing!

  36. Wow...a tasty and relishing recipe using healthy mehti leaves....Thanks!!!

  37. just love ur receipes.........padhu

  38. Im a big fan of almost all of ur recipes..I have tried many of them as well..It has always come out really well as well..:) love ur recipes..seem so simple when compared to many others..I have bookmarked and saved in favourites many of the recipes I tried and tested..thanks a lot for padhuskitchen..

  39. Hi Padhu,

    I am an avid reader of your food blog. I have tried several recipes and experimented with them as well. Today my daughter begins her full day school and like every working mom I had this challenge of making a healthy, nutritious and fresh meal for her.

    I made this pulao today and it tasted awesome, more for the simplicity and practicality. I must say, I made the masala yesterday and stored it in the fridge. Just made rice in the morning and mixed it well. Saves a lot of time.

    Thanks for your innovative ideas!

  40. Hi padhu,shall i use dry methi leaves

    1. Fresh methi should be used for this rice. Dry methi leaves for this recipe will not be good.

  41. I made this today...turned out awesome! Thanks for the wonderful recipe

  42. thanks for sharing...Adding sweetcorn instead of tomato also gives a superb taste :)

  43. I made this recipe came out really well. Thanks for the recipe


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