Methi Pulav

Methi Pulav

The last dish that I am preparing with methi is “Methi Pulav”.  The base recipe is Menu Rani Chellam’s. She prepared this dish in Jaya TV’s Arusuvai Neram. I modified the spices and didn’t fry the rice separately but went with using butter instead of oil. Usually I don’t add too much oil. At the max 2 tsps or for some dishes 1 tbsp. If I add more oil for one dish I compensate that by making other dish non-oily. For this pulav some how I thought why can’t try butter. I am not going to do it always but once in a while it should be ok right? As I had a bag full of sera samba rice that bought for Chettinad Biriyani, I used that instead of basmati rice. Ok here is the recipe.

Methi Pulav

Methi Pulav

  • Time: Prep Time:30 mts Cooking Time: 30 mts
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • Fresh Methi leaves – 2 cups
  • Basmati / Seeraga Samba rice – 2 cups
  • Water – 4 cups
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Fennel Seeds / Sombu – 1 tbsp
  • Butter – 1 tbsp
  • Onion – 1
  • Tomato – 1
  • Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
  • Dhaniya/Coriander powder – 2 tsp
  • Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – 2 tsps
  • Cilantro – 2 tbsps

Steps:

  • Wash and soak the rice in water while doing the prep work.
  • Remove the methi leaves from the stems and clean them. (Discard the stems).
  • Chop them roughly. Chop the onions and the tomato too.
  • Now heat the pressure cooker or pan and add butter.
  • Once the butter melts, add the bay leaf and fennel seeds.
  • Let it splutter and add onions and cook them till they are translucent.
  • Now add the tomatoes and methi leaves.
  • Add salt and turmeric powder and cook for couple of minutes.
  • Add all the dry masalas at this stage and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Now add rice and 4 cups of water. Check for salt and adjust accordingly.
  • Add the chopped cilantro and pressure cook for unto 3 whistles.

That’t it. Yummy methi pulav is ready. Serve hot with raita.  

Methi Pulav

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  1. I love Methi Pulav. Though i love all kind of rice dishes, methi pulav has been my all time favourite. It is one of those very first dishes i learnt from Amma. Ours is almost the same procedure except for chopped methi. We make a paste of Tomato and Methi instead of the chopped one’s. I don’t really know if it makes any difference, but I love this Pulav and your pics look super yummy.

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