March 28, 2015

Menthe soppina saru, fenugreek leaves curry

Menthe soppina saru - Dali ani methi ambat is one of my favourite curries. Leafy vegetables and lentils are always healthier. So, I recommend to include methi leaves and toor dal in your diet whenever possible. The simplest yet delicious curry is a nice accompaniment to hot rice with some stir fry, upkari or sukke as side dish. So, I make such curries often by using leafy vegetables such as spinach, amaranth leaves and methi leaves. Methi leaves are slightly bitter in taste, to make it less bitter use toor dal and the leaves in proper proportion.

Curry in a pan

Preparation time 20 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes
Makes 4 servings

1 cup toor dal
1 small bunch methi leaves
3 tomatoes, chopped

Grind to paste
1 cup grated fresh coconut
2 tsp coriander seeds, fried
1 ½  tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
4 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp methi dana / fenugreeks, fried
1/2 tsp mustard seeds, spluttered

Dali ani methi ambat recipe with step by step pictures

Remove the stems and separate the methi leaves. Wash the leaves thoroughly and drain. 
methi leaves

Chop the leaves roughly and set aside. 
chopped methi leaves

Wash the toor dal and put it in a pressure cooker container. Add 2 ½  cups water. Add the chopped methi leaves, chopped tomatoes and place this container in the pressure cooker with some water in the bottom. Place the pressure cooker on high flame and take 3 - 4 whistle or till the dal becomes soft.

boiled dal, leaves and tomatoes

In the meantime, grind the ingredients mentioned under  "Grind to paste" to a smooth and thick paste, using some water. Set aside.
ground masala paste

When the pressure releases, remove the container and transfer the toor dal mixture to a deep pan. 
Add the ground masala paste and salt. Add water if required to make a pouring consistency gravy. 
paste and mixture in a pan

Place the pan on high flame and bring it to boil. Further,  simmer for 2 - 3 minutes and remove the pan from the flame.  Serve dal and methi ambat after 5 minutes with hot rice. 
Dali ani methi ambat ready to serve


  1. This curry is new to me......Looks interesting and yumm..... Thanx for sharing....:)

  2. It's kind of South Indian koottu! My favorite..looks yum!!

  3. yummy looks fabulous

  4. nicely done and tasty and healthy dali ani methi ambat...lovely pics too..

  5. Yummy and healthy curry

  6. It looks delicious and yummy :)

  7. Healthy n delicious dal.

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