Thursday, September 25, 2014

Methi Paneer Pulav | Fenugreek Leaves and Cottage Cheese Pilaf

Lately I have been pumping up the usage off fenugreek leaves in my diet. I did not have a huge liking for it early, at the same time did not detest it either... But lately, I have started loving it! I get experimental and dish out new variations using these healthy greens. I am also delighted at how inexpensive they are, in my local market here. We get a good fat bunch for less than five rupees... giving me all the more reasons to cook with them more often!

Paneer is another family favourite and also a versatile ingredient that participates in my kitchen experiments frequently :) This time, I decided to pair these two and make a one bowl meal for my work-day lunch! I love mixed rice preparations. No hassle of a side dish and main dish - just a one bowl dish with either a bowl of raita, some chips or just yummilicously plain as it is! This recipe is aboslutely easy and quick to make. Perfect for those hurried lunch days! :)

I have also been wanting to try the Garam Masala powder that I received from ASA, as part of our goodies bags at the Indian Food Bloggers Meets, in August. The smell was absolutely captivating and I was sure it would take my humble recipe to a all new foodie pedestal... and it sure did!! The aroma and taste that it imparted to the simple dish was pure deliciousness. Another brand of Garam Masala would work too for this recipe, but since I had this wonderful spice mix in hand, I simply had to use it!

Serves: 2
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins


Paneer - 200gms, 1 cup, diced
Methi Leaves | Fenugreek Leaves - 2 cups
Onion - 1 large, sliced
Garlic - 5 pods, finely chopped
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Pepper Powder - 1 tsp
Rice - 2 cups, cooked


  • Heat oil in a pan, saute onion and garlic until they caramelise.
  • Add the methi leaves and saute again.
  • Add paneer, pepper powder and garam masala and salt.
  • Add in the cooked rice. Combine well ensuring that the rice is coated well in the spice mixture.
  • Allow to cook for another 2 mins and serve!

Enjoy! :)


  1. Hello Nandita, Methi....reminds me that winters are setting in. A great variety of greens will be there in the market soon. You have set the ball rolling. Your post leaves me with a craving for methi subzi with hot paranthas . I love your addition of methi in pulav and that too with paneer.YUM! Next time whenever we make pulav at home, it will be definitely with methi. Thanks for the healthy idea!

  2. Hi Nandita,
    how r u?
    I liked your newly created recipe and definitely 'm going to have it in fututre. :)
    btw, you forget to mention mixing rice in your method section.
    Have a nice weekend ahead!

    1. Hehe! Thanks Rashida... no wonder the recipe seemed so small :P I didn't realize I completely missed a major step :D Thanks for pointing it out to me :) Have a great weekend you too!