November 16, 2010

Vendhaya Keerai Thuvayal (Methi Chutney)

I have a whole variety of dishes that I make with fresh fenugreek leaves. Methi Pulao, Methi Mutter Malai, Palak Methi Dal, etc. But I realized I'd almost never tried to use the leaves in any kind of south Indian cooking. This one time that I brought home a fresh bunch, I decided not to go down the Aloo Methi path and tread on my other tried and tested route instead. The route which leads me to the tangy, spicy paste we all know as a thuvayal or thogayal.

1 1/2 cups Fenugreek Leaves, washed and roughly chopped
1 tbsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
2 tsp Black Gram Dal
1/4 tsp Asafoetida
2 Green Chillies
1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
1 tsp Tamarind Paste
Salt to Taste

For the tempering:

1 tsp Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp Black Gram Dal
a pinch Asafoetida
5-6 Curry Leaves

Heat the oil and fry the green chillies, red chilli flakes, mustard, asafoetida and black gram dal for a couple of minutes. Add the fenugreek leaves and fry for 4-5 minutes. Grind the mixture along with the tamarind paste and salt. 

Heat the teaspoon of oil for the tempering in a frying ladle. Add the mustard, black gram dal and the asafoetida. When the mustard splutters, add the curry leaves. Add this tempering to the fenugreek leaves mixture.

Serve this with rice and a little ghee and some papads or vadams on the side. I expected the thuvayal to be a little bitter, but somehow, the flavour of the fenugreek leaves came through with only a hint of the bitterness.


Mrs K said...

Terrific I am already thinking seriously this chutney will be a great accompaniment to almost everything.

Laavanya said...

Raaga, so nice to see you posting recipes again. How have you been? I love methi thogayal and have made it a few times using sharmi's recipe...

Priya Suresh said...

Wow wat a healthy thuvayal.

Unknown said...

Havent made thogayal with methi. looks nourishing!

Unknown said...

Looks lovely and delicious.

AJ said...

Looks really yummy!!

Vidhya said...

what a great idea to use methi leaves. Love it.

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v said...

I know a few recipes using fenugreek leaves, but thuvayal is something unheard of. May be I’ll give a try.

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

This is a new one for me. I have to hand it to you for the sheer variety of thogayals you come up with! :)

KamalKitchen said...

sounds gr8.. i might add jaggery when i try this..


Sharmi said...

looks yum. I too have made this but lil different.

Anonymous said...

Methi thogayal! wouldn't have thought of making it even though I am an avid thogayal fan. Does it have a bitter taste? Also loved your microwave cake recipe.Found your blog through PAB, very innovative recipes.

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