Methi Moongphali Chawal: Fenugreek Peanut Rice

8 Jul

Methi Moongphali Rice

A nutritious one-pot meal in which fenugreek, peanuts and ghee add their charm to rice. Methi moongphali chawal is just the answer for you if you *want* to consume fenugreek for its health-giving properties but find its – shall we say, "intense" – taste unpalatable.

This recipe is really quick to put together if you have the boiled ingredients and the spice base – methi chutney – ready beforehand. Do as I do – make a big batch of methi chutney, use it as side dish on Day 1 and in fenugreek peanut rice on Day 2. Ek panth do kaaj.

Fenugreek Peanut Rice

You Need:

[For 2-3 servings]

  • Boiled rice – 2 cups
  • Boiled potato – 1
  • Raw unsalted shelled peanuts – 1/2 cup
  • Methi chutney – 2 tablespoons: follow the link for steps
  • Salt – to taste
  • Ghee – 2 teaspoons

To prevent mushing, use boiled rice and boiled potatoes that have been cooled to at least room temperature. If refrigerated – even better.

Methi Moongphali Rice Ingredients

In the picture above (from top clockwise): boiled potato cubes, methi chutney, raw shelled peanuts, boiled rice.

How To Make Methi Moongphali Chawal:

Skin and chop the boiled potato into small cubes.

Heat ghee in a pan or kadhai.

To the hot ghee, add raw unsalted shelled peanuts. Fry the peanuts on low heat for 7-8 minutes or till they have turned a deeper hue. Stir every minute so that the peanuts cook evenly.

Peanuts, Frying in Ghee

Add the chopped boiled potato and a pinch of salt.

Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring periodically, till the potatoes start getting golden-edged.

Peanuts and Potatoes, Cooking

Break the lumps in the boiled rice if any. Add the rice to the pan along with methi chutney.

Rice with Methi Paste, Cooking

Stir everything together – very gently – we want the delicate rice grains to retain shape.

Cook on low heat for another 4-5 minutes, till the rice is hot and everything looks well-blended.

Fenugreek Peanut Rice, Cooking

Methi moongphali chawal (fenugreek peanut rice) is ready.

Serve methi moongphali chawal hot, on its own or along side yogurt/raita.

Meal in the pic below: methi moongphali chawal with pomegranate raita.

Methi Moongphali Chawal, Anar Raita

Notes:

Want to try more one-pot rice meals? Check out pineapple sweet corn rice, curry leaf pulao, peas and cashew fried rice.

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