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Friday, February 25, 2011

Vendhaya Keerai Rice-Vendaya Keerai sadam

Fenugreek greens are called methi in hindi and vendaya keerai in tamil. I had mentioned earlier that I prepare fenugreek greens rice in two different ways .I have already posted a recipe on Methi Pulao or Methi rice. Here is my another version of preparing Methi rice using another masala. Both are totally different in taste and I love both. Do try both the recipes and enjoy the health benefits of methi /fenugreek greens. Now to Vendhaya keerai rice/Vendaya keerai sadam recipe-

vendhaya keerai rice
Vendaya Keerai Rice

Ingredients needed

Methi leaves (vendaya keerai) - 1 cup tightly packed
Rice -1 cup ( use any variety of rice)
Tamarind - small gooseberry size ball
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Onion - 1
Salt as required
Oil -1 tbsp

For the seasoning

Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Fenugreek - 1/2 tsp
Red chilli -1
Hing -1/4 tsp

Masala Powder

Bengal gram /Channa dal (kadalai parupu) -2 tsp
Urad dal -2 tsp
Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
Red chilli -3
Grated coconut - 2 tbsp (optional)

Heat a tsp of oil and fry the above ingredients (except coconut) till dal turns golden brown. Then add coconut and fry for some more time. Powder it and keep it aside.


Cook rice. Add a tsp of sesame seed oil and spread it on a plate to cool.

Wash and chop methi greens.( leaves alone)

Soak tamarind in warm water ( approximately 2 - 2 1/2 cups) and extract its juice.Throw the pulp.


1.Heat 2 tsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when they splutter, add fenugreek seeds, hing, red chilli and chopped onions. Saute till onions turn transparent.

2.Add fenugreek greens, turmeric powder and saute for a few minutes .

3.Add tamarind water, masala powder and needed salt. Let it cook till it becomes thick.

4.Now mix the rice gently with the masala and serve hot with papads or chips or any raitha of your choice.

Variations -

I have added a handful of fresh cooked field beans to make it more nutritious.You can add black eyed pea or garbanzo (channa) beans or any beans seed. This is optional. But if you prefer to use it, then cook the beans seeds with little salt till soft and add it after you add tamarind water. (ie- step-3)

Meet you all again with another interesting post,till then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.


  1. Lovely and tasty rice. Liked your presentation padhu :)

  2. Fenugreek leaves rice looks delicious.

  3. Very inviting and healthy rice, looks wonderful Padhu..

  4. dats veryhealthy and full of wat one shd be eatg

  5. Never had this kind of rice but it looks very delicious. I love the decoration around it.It makes it look even tastier.

  6. wow very health and delicious rice:)Nice click :) awesome recipe :)

  7. delicious combination...looks wonderful and yummy !!!

  8. Yumm yumm, picture itself makes me hungry.

  9. Healthy n delicious rice! Great presentation, Padhu!

  10. Rice looks so healthy and tasty. Excellent garnishing with Methi .

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  11. Very healthy one-pot meal, and lovely arrangement!

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  12. This is gonna be a healthy and wonderful dish!

  13. awesome rice recipe. wonderful combo.

  14. yummy rice with lovely "Tree" presentation..

  15. nice way of making methi rice in a southindian style.

  16. Delicious and healty rice !!! i love methi in any form and this one looks really good...

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  18. Wow!What a healthy and tasty dish.Love it.

  19. great recipe for rice..and great presentation too

  20. Healthy one, looks delicious...nice presentation.

  21. Very delicious .. I love your style of presentation. Glad to follow your blog.

  22. Okra rice and spinach, what a lovely combination,Padhu rice looks great...

  23. Very healthy dish.. Have an award for you at my blog..pls collect it...

  24. Healthy rice padhu..very inviting!

  25. Very flavorful rice... love it

  26. Great Recipe Thank you for Sharing. I'm going to try it...

  27. The recipe was very tasty and we did not get the odd taste of vendhaya keerai at all. My husband liked it vey much... The highlight is that my 1.5 year old son liked it too as he did not bother me much while having the dish :-) Thank you for the wonderful and healthy recipe... Keep up your great work....

  28. Padhu, Thanks for this great recipe with Methi! We have started eating Methi only because of this flavorful rice dish. No trace of bitterness at all. Thanks for sharing !


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