Prep Time : 10 mins
Cook Time : 20 mins
Total Time : 30 mins
For the paste
- ⅓ cup chopped onions or 1 medium-sized onion
- ¼ cup cashews – whole cashews
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic or 4 to 5 medium-sized garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon chopped ginger or 1 inch ginger
- 1 teaspoon chopped green chilies or serrano peppers or 1 to 2 green chilies
- 2 tablespoons oil or ghee
- 1 cup chopped fenugreek leaves (methi leaves)
- ½ cup water or the stock/water of boiled green peas – add as required
- ½ cup green peas – boiled or steamed
- ½ cup light cream or low-fat cream, check notes below for whipping or heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon sugar or add as required
- salt as required
- 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons green peas boiled or steamed – optional
Preparing the ground paste
In a grinder jar or blender, add cumin seeds, chopped onions, cashews, garlic, ginger and green chilies.
Blend or grind to a smooth paste withput adding any water.
If you are not able to blend, then you can add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water.
For cooking the green peas, you can either boil them in a pan with 1.5 cups water for 7 to 8 minutes until tender or steam them in an Instant pot for 3 to 5 minutes adding about 1 to 1.25 cups water in the steel insert.
You can also boil the green peas in a stove-top pressure cooker for 5 to 6 minutes. Reserve ½ cup of the cooked water if you have boiled the peas.
Sautéing ground paste
Heat ghee (clarified butter) or oil in a pan or kadai.
When the ghee melts or becomes lightly hot, add the ground paste.
Sauté the paste for 6 to 7 minutes on a low heat until you see the fat separating from the sides.
Stir often when sautéing so that the paste does not stick to the pan. You should see fat releasing from the sides and the paste will also have a nice aroma.
You will see the paste coming together and becoming glossy. Do not brown the paste.
If the ground paste sticks to the pan or gets browned add a few splashes of water. Mix, deglaze and continue to sauté.
Making methi matar malai
Add in the chopped fenugreek leaves and sauté further for 2 to 3 minutes.
Then add ½ cup water or the stock/water in which the green peas were cooked in two parts. Mix thoroughly and simmer the gravy for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir at intervals.
Add the boiled peas and cream.
Simmer the gravy for 5 to 6 minutes on a low heat.
Finally add the sugar and salt. Mix again. At this step, you can opt to sprinkle 2 to 3 pinches of garam masala powder.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve methi matar malai hot or warm with naan, paratha or roti.