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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Urla Gadda - Menthaku Koora / Aloo- Methi

A few years ago, a friend at a party served dry aloo - methi subji to go with rice. That was the first time I ever had methi subji and thoroughly enjoyed it. Till then, I assumed methi (fenugreek leaves) is used to prepare only lovely dals and parathas. After that, this dish has been a regular one on our menu at home.
I really love the methi leaves which stand out in any dish with their assertive fragrance and flavor. What happens if those healthy greens are combined with universally loved potatoes? Of course, you will end up with a scrumptious subji/ curry that goes well with rotis / rice and here is the recipe for the mouth watering aloo - methi.
Urlagadda - Menthaku koora ~ My 'U' entry for Nupur's A-Z Indian vegetable series. Urlagadda is aloo/potato, menthaku is methi/fenugreek leaves and koora is subji/curry in Telugu.

Ingredients needed:
Peeled potatoes, cut into small cubes - 2 cups
Fenugreek leaves - 2 cups
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 3 - 4 Tbsp
Chillie Powder - 1 .5 Tsp

Pluck the leaves from methi stems and wash them thoroughly to remove the dirt. Chop them roughly. If you do not wish to peel the potatoes, then wash them and chop into cubes.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard and cumin seeds to it. When mustard seeds start to crackle and cumin seeds start to get brown, add turmeric powder and methi leaves and saute for a few minutes till the methi leaves collapse. Now add potato cubes to the pan and stir thoroughly once.
Cover the pan and cook the potatoes till they are done, on low to medium heat. Keep stirring in between. If the potato - methi starts to stick to the pan or burn, sprinkle a little water, as required.
When potatoes are cooked add salt and chillie powder. Raise heat and stir thoroughly till all the water is absorbed. Turn off the stove.
Serve hot with rice and a tsp of ghee or rotis.

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Asha said...

I love dish dish.Latha of masala magic had one recipe which tried and loved it.Urla gadda looks delicious,I have Methi growing in the pot.I will try!:) Thank you Suma.Great entry.

Seema said...

Suma, Lovely picture girl. I can just eat it as is without rice or chapathi. Looks very very delicious.

Suma Gandlur said...

Thanks. Try madi .I think you will love it.

Suma Gandlur said...

I am with you in this. Potato fry tinalu, anna/ chapathi eke beku?

Rajani said...

Hi Suma,
Nice picture. Potatoes chala crisp ga vachinayi kada. I like methi too.


Nupur said...

Potato and methi: a match made in heaven! Thanks for a delicious entry!

Aruna said...

Suma, Methi Alu thuma chennagide. Methi adds a wonderful aeroma to the alu....as u said who doesnt love alu when we can cook it in various ways!!! Chaala bagundi :)

anusharaji said...

that looks abs. stunning
i use garlic too like mahanandi

Jyothi said...

Hi Suma! Lovely dish. This is my favorite recipe. Thanks for posting your version.

Dee said...

Comfort food for me!


Shivapriya said...

Nice choice, Love aloo methi anytime. I make a wet version of it also. I posted it in my blog long back.

Prema Sundar said...

beautiful picture ... would love to try this sometime. thanks for sharing

Seena said...


Very nice dish and lovely picture too..

Anupama said...

One of my favourites too Suma. Thanks for coming over to my blog. I too have version of Aloo Methi on my blog. Check it out if you like this dish so much

SMN said...

Hi Suma, vety lovely impressive pics and nice recipe too..i use lilttle bit of garam masala for this dish.. thnx for the recipe..