February 18, 2009

Not Your Usual - Methi Gajjar

When it comes to cuisines from the North of India, everyone is more than familiar with Paneer Butter Masala, Bhindi Masala, Baingan ka Bharta & a few others . . Is North Indian cuisine just limited to just these?? Hell NO !! There are so many dishes out there that are yet to be explored. These lesser known curries are just as tasty & quite simple to make. And ofcourse, it lends a homely touch too.


One such lesser known Haryanvi curry is Methi Gajjar. I had quite a few carrots at hand, & not knowing what to do with these, I googled for a simple healthy dish & I found this. I was more than delighted because, I am not that innovative when it comes to carrots, I only know how to make a salad or a Halwa with them or add them along with other veggies to make a healthy dish.

For those of you, who like carrots, this curry is simple & does bring in welcome change into our menu. Adding fresh fenugreek leaves gives it a leafy green angle as well ..

You Will Need:
  • 3 large sized carrots - cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup fresh Methi/Fenugreek leaves - finely chopped
  • A handful of green peas - fresh/frozen (optional)
  • 1 onion - chopped finely
  • 1 tomato - chopped
  • 2 green chillies - slit lengthwise
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves (optional)
  • 2 tsp oil
  • Salt as per taste

Method:

  • Par boil chopped carrots in the microwave or on stove-top
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan & add cumin seeds, once the seeds pop & splutter, add grated ginger, green chillies & saute for a few seconds
  • Add chopped onions & saute till they turn pink,
  • Add chopped tomatoes, red chilli powder & saute till oil separates & tomatoes become pulpy.
  • Add fresh fenugreek leaves & green peas & saute for a minute.
  • Add parboiled carrots & cook on low flame until completely cooked
  • Add Kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves
  • Adjust salt according to taste & mix well

Serve HOT with Rotis .. Enjoi !!!

We really did enjoy this for lunch with some warm rotis & yogurt. The otherwise sweet carrots blend well with the slighlty bitter taste of fenugreek leaves & red chilli powder gives it the much needed heat.

Give your regular curries a break & try this one !!!

This goes to RCI:Haryana ..

66 comments:

Deepa Hari said...

Looks Yum....Like the combo of methi and gajjar....will try it.

Madhumathi said...

A different subzi..and it looks vibrant too.

Ashwini said...

Love methi in anything..Looks yumm, different and colorful.

Asha said...

Unique combo indeed, Deesha.photo looks gorgeous! :)

Gopi Shah said...

Different combination indeed!! I am always in search of new and simple curries. I have some methi in fridge, will give it a try sure

Cham said...

Very simple and different indeed, great click!

Nikita said...

thats a great idea of combining methi and gajar! thanks for the recipe.

Laavanya said...

That's a very different combination indeed... looks inviting.

Indhu said...

nice combination and the sabzi looks very colourful :)
even I ahve some carrots left and I have no idea what do with them... will try this one :)

Mangala Bhat said...

wow ! subzi looks yumm ..love the colour ...will try it sometime :)

Madhu said...

I don't know very many dishes to cook with carrots, i'll save this one.Looks delicious..

Madhu said...

I don't know very many dishes to cook with carrots, i'll save this one.Looks delicious..

DEESHA said...


Deepa - Thanks. Do try it

Madhumathi - Thank you

Ashwini - Yes, I love methi too

Asha - Thanks

Gopi - Do try them

Cham - Thanks

Nikita, Laavanya - Thank you soo much

Indhu - Thanks

Mangala - do try them .. you will love it too

Madhu - Thank you

Smitha said...

Deesha

A unique combo indeed.. of course during winters, methi creeps into all sort unusual dishes in my kitchen too but never into a carrot curry; it is such a cool idea. Should give it a try

Happy cook said...

I have to admit i have neve rhad this, it looks yumm. Wish i coudl have a taste from that plate.

A_and_N said...

My mom-in-law makes this! But this picture of yours makes the dish look so rich!

Usha said...

A very colorful and vibrant dish...would love to try this !

Trupti said...

carrot & methi what a combination. Looks very delicious. Just today I was looking for some new recipe with Methi. I am going to try this sabji today.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

thats a yummy curry deesha.. i make south indian version with carrot and coconut.

yeah, there r so many north indian dishes..and every dish is tasty in its own way.

LG said...

naanu kuda carrot palya mathe carrot aloogadde huli bitre innu kosambari aste maadodu. uttarda kade palya tumba chennagide deesha..adrallu menthesoppu jote andre swalpa interesting agide. eradu ide maneli try madthini :)

Vibaas said...

that looks delicious. Why don't you send it to FIC-Orange too?

aquadaze said...

looks so nice and sounds easy to make too! lovely picture.

Sathya Sankar said...

love north indian cuisine, the picture has come out lovely !
got to try this one !

Vij said...

Thats a new combo to me! looks lovely! Gotta try this soon. :-)

jayasree said...

Carrots and methi compliments very well on terms of taste and color.

Bowl of curry looks crunchy and very appealing too.

easycrafts said...

Thats a very lovely and healthy combination...thanks for the entry

Uma said...

what a yummy combo! looks mouth-watering.

rekhas kitchen said...

wow looks different and yum yum nice entry

Food Fanatic said...

yummy...mouth watered!

Dershana said...

that's a different combo. with the addition of both fresh and dry methi leaves bound to be very healthy too.

Sharmila said...

Methi & gajar? You just gave me a new combi to work on. :-)

sriharivatsan said...

Oh, this is a different combo..a very healthy one indeed..

Sushma said...

wow!!, carrot & methi, interesting.
I'm a big fan of carrot & keep searching for more n more carrot recipes. This is a nice twist & a must try :)

notyet100 said...

lovely colour,.nd yummy combo,...

Jaishree said...

Thats a new combo to me! looks lovely& delicious! great click!

Madhoo.S.Gargya said...

Nice & different combo....looks yumm!

Paru ... said...

A unique dish indeed..Looks very yummy.

Vanamala said...

adding methi into the carrots its really unique..gives good taste. u r right north india comes in mind first is paneer palak and methi :)

srikars kitchen said...

Looks really tempting & mouthwatering,,.. i will try this...

Swapna Pravin said...

Very different combo... sounds healthy :)

Sumathi said...

I Love carrots.. and this looks so yummy..

Sanghi said...

Very tempting dish..! Love methi and this is a perfect dish for me with my favourite combo peas.. :)

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Unique combo. looks yummy

Archy said...

Nice combo of methi an carrots, healthy simple dish on my way o try !! nice entry !!

veggie belly said...

I love methi in anything! I like the idea of adding it to carrots.

Red Chillies said...

Beautiful combination. I thought only potatoes went well with methi, but this looks delicious and yummy!

n33ma said...

This is anew combination to me.....Looks delicious as usual.

Adlak's tiny world said...

very nice combo.. looks awesome dear.

Priya said...

QUite a interesting dish..new to me:)

pooja said...

Hi deesha Thanks for visiting my blog..Never heard of this combo..will try this..Nice recipe.

meeso said...

I will remember this one when I have an abundance of carrots!

VIDYA VENKY said...

hi,
ur blog is sooooooo gud...i love ur blog..ur recipes are so yummy

Swapna Pravin said...

Looks yum ! very creative & interesting dish. Great entry.

Uj said...

Your photo makes me drool dear.. I love anything with carrots in it/.. I like the fragrance of kasuri methi too.. got to try this soon

Navita said...

oh i m all for north indian food....m out n out northie...lol.

great recipe.

Nazarina A said...

The fresh fenugreek leaves got my attention for this outstanding dish! Where am I going to get them? Oh dear!

Suma Rajesh said...

its unique and sounds healthy

Dibs said...

Methi must really make this very different! Thanks for the recipe! Photo looks yum!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Never tried carrot as curry. Love the flavour of methi and carrot...Looks yum...

Sanhita said...

Hi, thanks for visiting my blog. Your blog is lovely. Never tried Methi Gajjar. Looks wonderful. Have added you to my blog.

PG said...

what a lovely combinaton! Yes, this is surely one way I would love to eat cooked carrots. yum yum!

Food Fanatic said...

i like ur style of cooking...its always a something new...different than mine...

this is the joy of blogging and cooking ...i am going to have to try this...looks inviting :D

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Shveta said...

Reminded me of my childhood memories. My Mom used to make Methi gajar sometimes.

I'll be trying it sometime soon.