March 19, 2009

Moong Methi Pulao

I set out one Monday morning to make some Methi Pulao with Moong Dal. I'd even remembered to soak the moong on Sunday evening. But when I woke up, I realized I was feeling lazy as always. Two dishes seemed like too much work. So, I just added the soaked moong to the methi-rice mixture and the resultant dish was very nice. A dish with the lovely flavours of pulao, with all the benefits of a khichdi.

1 cup Basmati Rice, washed and drained

1/2 cup Moong, soaked overnight and drained

1 cup Fenugreek Leaves, chopped

2 Onions, sliced finely

1 tsp Oil

1" stick of Cinnamon

2 Cloves

2 Pods Cardamom

1 tsp Peppercorns

½ tsp Cumin Seeds

¼ tsp Asafoetida

1 tsp Chilli Paste

1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste

Salt to taste

Heat the oil in a pressure pan. Add the cumin seeds, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and peppercorns. When they crackle, add the asafoetida and the onions. Fry for a few minutes. Add the chopped fenugreek along with the chilli and ginger-garlic pastes and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add salt, moong and 2 1/2 cups of boiling hot water. Pressure cook on a low flame for 3 whistles.

We had this pulao for lunch with a simple raita. A dish that I'm certain to make again. But this time, I'll send it to Divya as she hosts this month's edition of Think Spice... Think Pepper.


Arundathi said...

Very Healthy!! :-)

FH said...

Moong and Methi, perfect combo, nutritious too! :)

Finla said...

Wow the pulao looks so yumm and healthy.
I can drool here we don't get the fresh methi leaces here.

Cham said...

Different but delicous one pot meal.

A_and_N said...

This is perfect for me.

Priya Suresh said...

Quite a different n healthy rice the combo much...

Sunshinemom said...

I too make such things for dinner or lunch when I am lazy:) I have thought of adding methi but never did because of the bitterness. Does it leave a hint of bitterness in the rice? I generally add rub salt into the leaves and squeeze out while making subzi.

Raaga said...

Thanks all. Yes, this dish was very nutritious and very tasty.

@HC: Maybe you can try it with kasuri methi?

@Sunshinemom: I don't find it that bitter. Could it be that one is more aware when one is cooking for children? I don't know... just curious.

Meenal Mehta said...


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This recipe looks really good and Iam goign to try this one


Gita Jaishankar said...

Thats a yummy one pot dish! nice color :)

Sunshinemom said...

Came back to check your reply. I will try it and see. My daughter eats karela and bitter stuff. I am the one who hates such things!!

Laavanya said...

Great combination - thanks to your laziness :)

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Sounds delicious. I just saw Harini's comment. I think its a matter of taste. I like fresh methi but my husband and daughter say they find it bitter. I have to disguise its taste to get them to try it!

Varsha Vipins said...

Healthy n yummu Pulav..:)

Ranjani said...

I love recipes that are born out of just evokes so much creativity:)
This looks really healthy and good!

Deepthi Shankar said...

I make moong pulao but never tried methi leaves .. awesome

Anjali M said...

Raaga - I made this today. It was easy to make, subtle flavours, delicious. Not bitter taste at all. We loved it. This is the second recipe I tried from your site, the first was carrot cake, which I have made twice now, great each time.
Many thanks.