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Aloo Methi Masala (Potato-Fenugreek leaves gravy)

Number of servings: 2

This is one of my favourite dishes. I learnt this recipe from my grandma and it nevers fails to impress guests. It is rich blend of potatoes and methi leaves and has a wonderful aroma to it. This dish tastes great with Roti or rice.  

List of ingredients:
2 cups methi leaves (washed and chopped fine)  
1 in number potato (big one, boiled, peeled and chopped into cubes)  
1 in number tomato (chopped into small pieces)  
1/2 in number onion (chopped into fine pieces)  
1 tbsp oil  
1 tsp mustard seeds  
1 tsp jeera (cumin) seeds  
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)  
1 tsp salt (or to taste)  
For the masala:
1/2 cup fresh grated cocunut  
3 in number cloves  
1 inch cinnamon stick (dal chini)  
3 cloves garlic  
1 tbsp coriander leaves  
5 in number green chillies  

Cooking procedure
Method: Step 1: Grind all the ingredients for the masala into a smooth paste. You may add 1/2 cup of water while grinding the masala. Step 2: In a pan, heat the oil, add mustard and cumin seeds. When the mustard splutters add the chopped onions and saute until light brown. Step 3: Then add the methi leaves, salt and pour half to one cup of water and boil. Cover with a lid and allow the methi to cook until it is soft. Step 4: Then add the chopped tomatoes, the masala, the boiled potatoes and haldi and cook until the masala is cooked (usually for about 10 minutes). Step 5: Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with roti or rice.
Storage tips:
Can be refrigerated for upto 3 days.
Any additional information:
You may add 1 tsp of Poppy seeds (Khus Khus) while grinding the masala. However, this is optional and does not alter the taste.

Other recipes that go well with this one: Quick Carrot Rice
Spicy Potato Rice
Methi Parata
Quick and Easy Beans Rice
Masala Chapathi
Quick and Spicy Egg Biryani
Kesar Pulav
Tomato Chitranna (Tomato Rice Karnataka Style)
Kashmiri Pulav
Egg Parata
Colourful Uttapam (Dosa with tomatoes and onions)
Tomato Biryani (Rice cooked with Tomatoes and spices)
Neer Dosa (A special kind of Dosa - Karnataka Style)
Coconut Rice (Tamilian Style)
Instant Potato Peas Rice
Channa Pulav (A spicy rice made with garbanzo beans/chick peas)
Spicy Vegetable Biryani

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