Punjabi Methi-Matar-Malai

Methi is a winter veggie and is used in many ways even though originally it slightly tastes bitter, to counter this slight bitterness this dish is cooked with fresh or frozen peas in white cream sauce. This malai-methi-matar is a delicious dish, served as an entrée or simply as a main course.

Here the methi & peas are cooked in cream sauce with spices to get a rich exotic delicious dish, Try this!

Step-by-Step Easy & Quick Recipe –

Prep Time           Cook Time        Total Time            Yields

15 mins                 20 mins             35 mins              4 Servings


Peas – ¾ cup (shelled)

Methi (fresh fenugreek) – 1 ½ cup (washed properly, finely chopped)

Onion – medium 1 (chopped)

Ginger – 1-inch piece (chopped)

Garlic cloves – 2 (chopped)

Green chili – 1 (chopped)

Tomato – 1-2 (chopped)

Salt per taste

Khus-khus (poppy seeds) – 1 teaspoon (soaked in a tablespoon of water)

Cumin seeds – ½ teaspoon

Garam masala – ¼ teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Cashew nuts – 3-4 tablespoons (chopped)

Cream – ½ cup

Milk – ¼ cup

Water – ¼ cup

Ghee or oil – 2 tablespoon


  • Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. When they splutter, add ginger, garlic and green chilies and sauté for 2 minutes and add onion, tomato, khus-khus and cashew nuts, sauté till onions start becoming golden brown & cashew become soft. Take off heat and transfer this mix to a blender and make a smooth paste.
  • Heat the balance oil in the pan and add the paste, sauté for 3-4 minutes till the raw smell is finished. Now add water and milk and mix well. Bring it to a boil and add the chopped methi. Mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes
  • After this now also add peas & mix well again & cook for 5-6 minutes. Now add cream, mix well and cook covered & let it simmer on low heat for 5-6 minutes. In case the curry is too thick, then add more milk or water to adjust the consistency as desired.
  • Lastly add garam masala and fresh green coriander. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve hot.

Note: Malai methi mater can be served with tandoori roti, chapatti, naan & rice. Bon Apatite!

Happy Cooking!!

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