Potato Fenugreek Curry/Aloo Methi curry is a simple yet tasty Indian curry dish which is served with roti/chapati/naan/bread. An excellent lunch box recipe.
Potato is a universal vegetable. There are very few who would say that they dislike potatoes and I actually know of two people who dislikes this vegetable. While that is a rare thing, there are millions who love it and as a family we are one of those. Potato curry is like a staple diet in our family. My mom would make a simple potato curry to serve with Sambhar (An Indian lentil gravy) and rice. We would literally lick off our fingers while eating that meal. It was so delicious. The potato curry that she would make is something which has been passed on from generations. Her mom used to make it and now I prepare it the same way. A very easy recipe where you cook the potatoes with Sambhar powder.
When I got married and moved to the US, I was just glad to know that KR loved the potato curry cooked the same way. His mom too makes it this way. So for the last three years, nearly every Sunday, our Sunday menu is potato curry, Sambhar and rice. We both do not like any variation to this meal and I cook it the same old way every single time. In fact, for this year’s Diwali party, I wanted to share this dish with all my friends and hence made it for them. There is another small story to this potato curry. My BFF loves this dish ever since college. My mom would pack it for my lunch along with toasted bread (perfect combo). And she would eat most of it during our lunch break. Even now, whenever we meet, she asks me to make this curry for her.
However today, I have not prepared that recipe because it is a very basic recipe. I wanted to make something or KR’s lunch and was too lazy to go to the grocery store yet. Thankfully I had some potatoes in the pantry and I was in a mood to try something different. Aloo Methi is also a personal favorite. While I would have loved to use fresh fenugreek leaves in this recipe, I didn’t have any. Hence used the dried ones. This curry is also a favorite of my sister-in-law who is an amazing cook herself. She specializes in South Indian cooking and everyday food. Her style is simple, non elaborate and very tasty. Hence I wish to dedicate this dish to her.
Fenugreek leaves are very good for health. It improves digestive problems and cholesterol levels, reduces inflammation inside the body, lowers inflammation from outside the body and adds flavor and spice to food. Hence its advisable to use it in cooking. This recipe plays on these two ingredients – Potato and Fenugreek leaves. Mince garlic, ginger and green chillies using a mortar and pestle. Cut potatoes in cubes using this chopper. Heat oil in a pan. Temper mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Then add the minced ginger-garlic-chillies mixture. Saute for 1-2 minutes or till the raw smell of garlic disappears.
Then add turmeric powder, potatoes and salt. Mix and saute for 4-5 minutes till the potatoes are nice and soft. Next add the dried fenugreek leaves/kasoori methi to the mix. Toss the curry and saute for another minute. Lastly add garam masala, mix and saute for another minute. Take it of the flame and its ready to be served.
Simple Potato Fenugreek Curry/Aloo Methi is best served with hot roti/chapati or naan. You can also serve it with Dal and Rice. This curry is appetizing and flavorful. The slight bitterness from the fenugreek leaves and the spiced potatoes make this curry delicious.
While this curry is definitely not the same as the curry my mom makes, this is just a different variation to try once awhile. You can serve this in lunchbox, serve as a side dish at your Thanksgiving party or prepare it for brunch. It’s a great way to introduce fenugreek to fussy eaters as well, specially kids. Given the nutritional value of it, its good to add it to one’s diet.
- 4-5 potatoes
- Half inch ginger
- 3-4 garlic cloves
- 2-3 green chillies
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 cup fenugreek leaves/kasoori methi
- 1 tsp garam masala
- Salt as needed
- Mince garlic, ginger and green chillies using a mortar and pestle. Cut potatoes in cubes using this chopper. Heat oil in a pan. Temper mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Then add the minced ginger-garlic-chillies mixture. Saute for 1-2 minutes or till the raw smell of garlic disappears.
- Then add turmeric powder, potatoes and salt. Mix and saute for 4-5 minutes till the potatoes are nice and soft. Next add the dried fenugreek leaves/kasoori methi to the mix. Toss the curry and saute for another minute. Lastly add garam masala, mix and saute for another minute. Take it of the flame and its ready to be served.
- Simple Potato Fenugreek Curry/Aloo Methi is best served with hot roti/chapati or naan. You can also serve it with Dal and Rice.
- Add fresh methi/fenugreek leaves if available.
There are many other interesting ways to cook with potatoes. You can check them out here – Potato Dosa, Stuffed Potato French Loaf, Achari Aloo Capsicum/Pickled Potato Bell Peppers, Baked Parmesan Garlic Potato Fingers and Potato Capsicum Grill Sandwich. After all these starchy potatoes contain a variety of nutrients that have antioxidant activity. Hence besides it being a very tasty root vegetable, its healthy too when used in right proportions.
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