Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Butter Naan and methi matar malai (Flat bread with green peas & fenugreek in white sauce)


This is one of our favourite veggie combination when it comes to naan. This is a low fat version of the methi matar malai and it tastes really superb. Methi matar recipe was given by a friend of mine who is good in cooking north Indian dishes. Naan recipe was given by my pachi (ma's youngest sis)
This delectable combination goes for the Event Made for Each Other hosted by Asvadha.

Butter Naan:

Ingredients:
Maida - 3 cups
Milk - 2 tbsp
yogurt - 2 tbsp
oil - 2 tbsp
honey - 1 tbsp
yeast - 2 tsp
sugar - 1 tsp
salt to taste

Method:
In a small cup take ¼ cup lukewarm water and dissolve sugar and yeast. Set aside for 15 minutes till frothy.
In a wide bowl, take maida, oil and salt and mix well to get something like bread crumbs. Now add milk, yogurt, honey and knead to a soft dough. If necessary add only milk and not yogurt. Knead well for 5 minutes. Keep covered in a warm place for 2 hrs. The dough doubles in volume. Knock and punch and knead well again. Make big round balls and keep aside. Dust the ball with flour and roll out into oval shape. Heat a tawa. Meanwhile smear your hand with water, place the naan on the wet hand and place the wet part of the naan on the tawa to fry first. This gives a burnt spots on naan giving the tandoor effect. Smear butter on naan and cook on the other side till the naan puffs up. Serve hot with side dish of your choice!!!

Methi Matar Malai (green peas and fenugreek leaves in white sauce)

Ingredients:
Methi leaves - 1 cup, chopped
fresh/frozen green peas - 1 cup
onion - 1 chopped
oil - 2 tbsp
jeera - ½ tsp
tomatoes - 2 large
low fat milk - 1 cup
sugar - ½ tsp
salt to taste
garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Masala Paste:
onion - 1
green chillies - 4
ginger - 1" piece
garlic - 3 cloves
cashew - 2 tbsp, chopped
poppy seeds - 2 tsp

Method:
Soak cashew and poppy seeds in ¼ cup warm water and leave aside for 15 minutes.
Blend these soaked ingredients with onion, green chillies, ginger, garlic to smooth paste.
Wash methi leaves, add ½ tsp of salt leave aside for 15 minutes and then sqeeze out of water.
Blanch tomatoes in hot water for 10 minutes. Remove the skin and blend to a smooth puree.
Heat a tbsp oil, add jeera and fry till it crackes, add the methi leaves and cook for 5 minutes. Remove and keep aside.
Heat another tbsp of oil in a kadai add chopped onions and fry till golden brown. Add the masala paste and fry well till the raw aroma disappears. Now add the pureed tomatoes, garam masala and fry. Add green peas, fried methi leaves, milk, sugar, salt and ¼ cup water. Cook covered till thick and saucy. Serve hot.

41 comments:

Asha said...

Great combo to have on Sundays! Love the Mathi Matar Malai! :))

Namrata Kini said...

Yet to try making Naan at home. Thats a great combination.

Smitha said...

Love Methi mutter malai

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

awesome combo.. looks great poonam. i also made methi malai matar sometime back and posted in my blog.

Preety said...

i love the combo..i too love some gravy dish to have with naan

Ashwini said...

Awesome..Lovely combo .yummy looking methi matar malai..

sowmya said...

lovely combo..looks fantastic..am absolutlety drooling on the methi mali mutter ..love it..nevr tried at home..

srikars kitchen said...

Great combi.. looks yummy & delicious.. nice entry..

vidhas said...

Lovely combo. I ahve not rried naan in home, after seeing this i will try. Methi malai is awesome.

Maya said...

What a great combination Poonam. Superb.

Simran said...

Looks lovely. And a great combination too.

Mallugirl said...

methi matar malai ..doesn't the name itself sounds so poetic? i just love saying that over and over again. of course eating it too.

Usha said...

Great combination, looks delicious!

Aparna said...

Methi matar malai and low fat. That's an irresistible combination for sure.

Dershana said...

never tried adding methi to peas curry! looks yum!

Swapna Pravin said...

Perfect combination. Looks great. Methi mutter malai looks delicious and yummy

Premyscakes said...

perfect combination and looks yum.

Raaga said...

I love both dishes :)

SriLekha said...

wow1 its always a very good combo! i love it!

Sanghi said...

Naan is lovely and delicious..! Do check my blog and leave ur comments :)

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Ramya Vijaykumar said...

My first visit here, you have a great space here... Butter naan looks very tempting and methi matar malai is a great side for naan... I see you have taken a break now... Shall come back for more, have blog rolled you...

Sanghi said...

Mmm yummy tempting a lot.. My hubby's favt..!

Subhie Arun said...

grt combo dear..yummy looking..frst time hr..will keep folowing...

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Pavithra said...

Wow yummy malai mutter and naan really mouthwatering. first time here really found everything interesting.. lovely blog u have

CHAITRA said...

Really great combo on weekends!!Naan and methi matar is quite tempting!!
Drop in sometime to my blog.

Paisa Vasool said...

We had naan at home so i was wondering what to make when i stumbled upon this recipe. It came out great except for the color . Mine was a little more orange guess it was because of the large tomatoes i use from Costco. Can't wait to eat a scrumptious dinner today. Thanks for the recipe

GentleLavender said...

Wow, Methi matar malai looks so rich and tasty! Looks great, Poonam. Enjoy!

Sharmilee! :) said...

I've been eyeing this ion Mahimas blog too...Methi matar malai is my to do list! And now urs forces me to try it ut soon!

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Cicily Antony said...

hmmm...jus love butter naan...

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Chitra said...

Nice combo. looks yummy :)

Jay said...

hy poonam,
first time here..love your space..
very interesting presentation with yummy posts..
naan and methi matar malai sounds absolutely irresistable combo..
Am your happy follower now..:)
do stop by mine sometime..
Tasty Appetite

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