Saturday, June 2, 2012

Methi Pulao ( Fenugreek Leaves Pulao )

The Sun god is most generous to us in this part of the world. He shines on us brightly for almost 8-9 months in a year giving us no respite from the heat and humidity. Few moments turn off the A/C and the sweat will come rushing. In this kind of climate I hate to spend lots of time in the kitchen, so I prefer to make one pot meals on weekends which is satisfying and filling. We South Indian's can't stay away from our staple food rice, so rice has to be dressed up in the form of pulao or biryani for our quick lunch. I find that biryani's are more complicated and require lot of preparation so I make pulao in a jiffy. 


Basmati Rice - 1 1/4 Cup ( Soak the rice in water for about half and hour)
Methi Leaves ( Fenugreek Leaves)- 1 small bunch (leaves chopped finely without the stem)
Onions- 2 Medium sized sliced thinly
Green Chillies- 2 chopped
Tomato- 1 Large chopped roughly
Ginger- 1 Inch piece cut in juliennes 
Green Cardamom- 2
Bay Leaf- 1
Cinnamon- 1/2 Inch piece
Black Peppercorns- 5 or 6
Cloves- 2
Oil- 2 Tbsp
Water- 2 1/4 Cup
Salt- To Taste
Lemon Juice- 1 Tbsp
Fried Cashew nuts for garnishing

  • In a pressure cooker add oil and keep it on gas for heating, once the oil is hot add in cardamom, bay leaf, cinnamon, peppercorn and cloves.
  • Just stir the whole spices little and then add in onions, green chillies and ginger.
  • Sauté till the onions turn translucent. No need to brown the onions.
  • Now add in chopped tomatoes and fenugreek leaves. Cook for about a minute.
  • Drain the soaked rice and add it in the pressure cooker. Mix everything together and cook for another 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Add in the water and salt and mix. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook till 1 whistle comes. Immediately off the gas and open the lid as soon as pressure drops. Add lemon juice and mix in gently.
Garnish with fried cashew nuts and serve with curd and banana chips.

Since I learned this from my mother, I am linking this to Gayathri's Walk Through The Memory Lane Event which is guest hosted by Pradanya at Pumpkin Farm


  1. very quick and delicious..really need to cook some thing easy like this in this hot and humid weather..

  2. I absolutely love methi.. the flavor always makes me hungry!

  3. Nice flavoursome pulao. And yes, one wants to spend as little time in the kitchen in this heat. It is almost like a furnace

  4. Raji, I too prefer to make single dish viz., pulao, veg kichadi, brinji etc to minimise cooking time.

    The methi pulao is very inviting, Raji.

  5. methi pulao seems to be very tempting....

  6. awesome.methi pulao looks so delicious. As usual nice recipe

  7. Healthy and delicious one pot meal,love it

  8. Love this kind of one pot meal..Such a flavourful pulao.

  9. pulao looks wonderful deliciously done

  10. wow..pulao looks so flavorful and delicious..lovely clicks!

  11. Delicious pulao, love the flavors from the methi..

  12. Never tried methi rice so far, should be so flavorful! Lovely clicks as usual :)

  13. My favorite pulao.Looks yummy

  14. delicious ...happy to follow you.Inviting you to join : Street Party Food event:

  15. Hi Raji ,

    I'm Punitha of

    Thank you for your intro to my blog and Keep it regular:)

    Methi pulao looks mild and delicious ..

    Keep on :)

  16. Love the gorgeous pictures. LuCky you with all the sunny weather:)

    When you have time, do drop by A food photogallery of Indian Vegan food, to make it simpler for people to find and cook indian food which is also usually naturally vegan. :)

  17. very useful really good information thanks for posting such a good information it will hepls the people a lot keep it up , Regards,
    Semiya upma


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