Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Menthya Matvadi palya- Fenugreek and bengal gram stir fry

What is it that makes the dal or lentil so comforting? So comforting, that we Indians make it a point to include the lentils in our diet on a daily basis. To us vegetarians, the lentils are the only source of proteins. So keeping this in mind, I try to cook these lentils in some form or the other. So a few days ago, I suddenly remembered this curry. This curry was often prepared by my paternal grandmother and it used to be one of my very few favourite curries. Despite being my favourite, I had somehow forgotten about this heart warming curry.

Menthya matvadi palya is a heartwarming, vegan, and high protein dish which is filled with nutritious greens- the fenugreek or menthya. This wonder herb and spice is rich in minerals like calcium, iron and potassium. Fenugreek leaves and seeds are also considered to be a Galactagogue that is often used to increase the milk supply in lactating women. Apart from this, it is often used as a medicine to reduce the discomfort of arthritis.  Fenugreek has also proven to be extremely beneficial in treating diabetes. With so many benefits in store, why not include the fenugreek in our diet and make the most of what it has to offer.

This is a simple and rustic curry with the subtle flavours of the fenugreek and the mild seasoning of cumin and curry leaves. I suggest you have this with some hot rice and a dollop of ghee. I am sure it will leave you all happy and satiated.

Menthya Matvadi palya recipe:
Preparation time: 20min+ soaking time
Cooking time: 10 min
Serves- 4

Channa dal or bengal gram- 1 cup, washed and soaked for 2-3 hrs
Methi or fenugreek leaves- 1 cup, chopped
Oil- 2tbsp
Curry leaves- 1 sprig
Coconut- 2 tbsp, (optional)
Hing- A pinch
Green chilli- 1, chopped
Ginger- 1/2" piece, grated
Turmeric- 1/4tsp
Jeera or cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Mustard- 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Lemon juice to garnish- 1 tsp


  • Drain the soaked channa dal. Grind the channa dal coarsely along with the coconut, green chilli and ginger and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a wok and add the mustard seeds. Once they sputter and pop, add the cumin seeds and fry till they are brown.
  • Add the curry leaves and hing and fry till the curry leaves are crisp.
  • Stir in the chopped fenugreek leaves, turmeric and salt and fry for 2 min
  • Add the ground mixture, and fry till the mixture is dry.
  • Take off the heat, mix in the lemon juice and serve hot with rice.
This curry is my contribution to 

Taste of pearl city's Healthy morsels event

Tickling Palate's LEt's cook greens event

And to Pari's Only south Indian event


  1. Lovely! I love matvadi palya a lot. My aunt used to make this quite often, when I was living at her place, I missed it so much since I moved from there. Now I don't have to miss it anymore:)

  2. Great combo and looks fabulous! Nicely presented too...

  3. hi first time to ur blog....stry fry looks very healthy and beautiful click glad to follow u dear..


  4. Looks yummy n delicious.... Beautiful clicks

  5. Awesome Recipe Dear..Bookmarking it to try soon..


  6. A delightful comforting curry with lentils and Methi. Wonderfully presented with beautiful pics and useful trivia about Methi. Thanks for linking it with Healthy Morsels - Pregnancy. :)

  7. Methi leaves and seeds aids in milk production ! A very good tip. Iam a mom of three and still not aware of it ;) Thank you for linking this awesome combo recipe to our Healthy Morsels-Pregnancy :) Waiting for more such beautiful tips :)

  8. Looks a very healthy combo..never tried with bengal gram,a different combo!!Yumm yum!!

    Cook in any recipe with "Cilantro /Cumin & Just link in EP Series-Cilantro /Cumin Event

    Erivum Puliyum

  9. So good to know that fenugreek can maybe help my arthritis?? I am bookmarking this one. :)

  10. My first visit to your blog! The curry looks awesome. We make a similar version minus the coconut and with red chillies instead of green ones, called paruppu usli. I love this with rasam rice

  11. very delicious to eat this wid rice

  12. wowwwww... i was in search of this vessel for long time...this looks delicious.. :)

  13. I love this preparation and I make it with besan and it's simpler. Perfect with saaru and love your presentation.
    Have not seen this link in my event yet.



  14. Very healthy and delicious stir fry..loved your presentation..

  15. This is my most favourite side and thank you for those good tips and information,that really helps expecting mums. Also thank you somuch for linking this delicious recipe with Healthy Morsels :)

  16. I just saw another recipe that called for fresh fenugreek leaves - I need to get me some! I love ground fenugreek. This looks delicious.

  17. What a healthy and wholesome dish! Lovely!

  18. Very interesting recipe. Fantastic clicks!!

    Do contribute some of your wonderful recipes to my ongoing event. Would be delighted :)

    Chef Al dente On going event: Gimme GREEN!

  19. Thanks a lot for linking this to my event. Do drop by and vote for your favourite recipe from the Gimme GREEN entries!

    Chef Al dente On going event: Gimme GREEN!

  20. Looks yum..never tried channa dal with methi leaves in this form..

  21. Looks delicious and nice recipe, loved the click!

  22. Healthy and delicious fry dear...
    nice clicks :)

  23. looks delicious..awesome have wonderful blog..happy to follow u!! :)

  24. lovely post, you always amaze me with your work. very impressive looks so delicious.

  25. I love methi leaves any time and any way you serve me. This sound delicious.

  26. yes! some of indian recipe is so unique, such a great post i really want to try this.

  27. !whoa! i really want to try it! now! i mean now!!!
    hahs thanks dear!.

  28. The clicks make me drool here.loved the colour n fry looks tatsy too.......

  29. I'm really impressed with your writing skills as
    well as with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
    Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one nowadays.

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