Allo Methi & Islamabad winters
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Allo Methi & Islamabad winters

Methi or Fenugreek grows in sub-continent in abundance and hence is part of daily diet during winter season. It is dried and used year around in cooking. It is sold in the super markets under the name “Kasuri Methi” and usually one will find a box of this in every kitchen in Pakistan.
My love for Potato Fenugreek Masala - Allo Methi did not start while growing up in Pakistan. I don’t remember eating it in my parent’s house. My mother never cooked it. The only time she used Fresh Methi was while making traditional spinach. Methi was used as an additional ingredient to extenuate the flavor of spinach. My stay in London introduced me to this very delightful Allo Methi…and oh boy this love just continues to grow.
On my recent winter trip to Islamabad- Pakistan my mother in law showed me her method of making it. Her technique led to a better tasting final product. I am sharing her recipe. This can be eaten with Fresh Chappati - Flat bread or a Paratha - Buttered flat bread.

Ambreen Malik

Ingredients

  1. 1 kg Methi Fresh – (Use green leaves. Only use stalks if they are very tender)
  2. 1 kg Potatoes – Diced in medium size
  3. 2 - 3 Tomatoes – medium sized (chopped)
  4. 2 Onions – medium sized (chopped)
  5. 1 tsp Ginger – . (cut in small pieces)
  6. 5 - 6 cloves Garlic – (cut in small pieces)
  7. half cup Coriander – (optional)
  8. 5 tbsps Oil – .
  9. to taste Salt –
  10. ½ tsp Turmeric – .
  11. ¾ tsp Red chilli powder – (adjust if you want it spicy)

Method

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    To prepare Methi, take the leaves off the stalks. Only use stalks if they are very tender. Cut the leaves and the stalks in small size.

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    Boil the methi is 3-4 cups of water. Methi has a slightly bitter taste. Boiling it eradicates its bitterness. Boil is for 10-12 mins and then stain it. Drain the liquid.

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    In a pan add onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, salt, chili powder and turmeric. Add 2 glasses of water and let this cook and simmer over medium heat till everything becomes mashed. The liquid should reduce to less than half.

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