Methi Pulao/ Fenugreek Leaves Rice Pilaf




Methi Pulao is something that I usually make when I’m entertaining vegetarian friends.  No reason in particular. But since I’m a big fan of the fenugreek leaf flavor I just assume every vegetarian out there will find it irresistible too.  And frankly every time I’ve made it I haven’t met anyone till date who hasn’t gone for a second helping of this. So like I always say, my assumptions are very rarely wrong ;).


1 cup Basmati/Long grained rice
2 packed cups chopped fenugreek/methi leaves
1 med onion, finely sliced
1/2 cup fresh green peas
1 med tomato cut into chunks
2 green chilies, slit lengthwise
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1/2 tsp red chili powder
4 cloves
2, 1/4 inch pieces of cinnamon 
1 crushed cardamom
2 tbsp roasted cashewnuts 
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp saunf/fennel seeds
Salt as per taste


  • Soak rice in water for 30 minutes. Drain and set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Heat a tsp of ghee in a pan, gently roast the rice for a couple of minutes.
  • Pour two cups of water and cook the rice. When cooked fluff it up and set aside to cool.
  • Heat oil/ghee in a wide pan.
  • Add cumin, fennel, cloves,cinnamon, cardamom and let the spices roast.
  • Add onions and sauté until they are golden brown.
  • Add green chilies, ginger garlic paste and sauté for another 2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, turmeric, chili powder and sauté until oil separates.
  • Add fenugreek leaves, peas, salt to taste and sauté until cooked.
  • Add rice and lemon juice and gently mix on low flame.
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    4 Responses to “Methi Pulao/ Fenugreek Leaves Rice Pilaf”

    1. Sree says:

      Wow this looks awesome. Will have to try it out in my elusive spare time…

    2. Deepthi says:

      looks awesome….i’m gonna try this & let u know how it turns up

    3. Sushma says:

      Hi Julie,
      Just found ur blog!! Excellent collection and pics!!
      I make the methi pulav almost similarly to urs except that I use toovar lilva instead of peas. I think it holds its form much better than the peas and not as sweet!!
      Do u have the recipe for Erachi? Used to love it when Reena’s mum made it 🙂

      • julie says:

        hey sushma, thnx for dropping by. yes, the beef and chicken repices that i have on this site are typical mallu erachi recipes ..try them and let me know 🙂

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