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Corn and Fenugreek Leaves in Creamy Sauce

29 Oct

Methi Makai Malai.

Methi corn malai is a creamy dish made with sweet corn kernels and fresh fenugreek leaves. Oil is temepered with caraway seeds and onion is fried along with ginger and garlic. Fenugreek leaves are chopped up and fried in the oil before adding corn kernels. Fresh cream or evaporated milk is added as a final step and cooked till the cream thickens.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Methi Corn Malai.


Fenugreek Leaves / Methi 1 Cup Packed
Sweet Corn Kernels 1 – 1 1/4 Cup
Onion 1 Medium
Green Chiles 4
Ginger Garlic Paste 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder 1/2 tsp
Dry Mango Powder 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala 1 tsp
Caraway Seeds 1/4 tsp
Turmeric Powder 1/4 tsp
Evaporated or Skimmed Milk 3/4 Cup
Fresh Cream 1/4 Cup
Salt to taste
Oil 1/2 tbsp

Method of preparation:

Pluck the fenugreek leaves from its stalks.
Wash the fenugreek leaves under running water for a minute.
Finely chop the washed fenugreek leaves / methi.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Peel, remove ends and finely chop onion.
If not using canned sweet corn kernels, you might have to cook the fresh corn a bit before adding the milk.

Heat oil in a pan, add caraway seeds and then onion.
Fry till onion starts to brown, add chopped methi / fenugreek leaves, sliced green chiles and salt.
Fry till methi wilts, add ginger garlic paste, coriander powder, dry mango powder, garam masala and turmeric.
Fry for few seconds, add sweet corn kernels, fresh cream and evaporated or skimmed milk.
Stir well and let the milk come to a boil.
Once the cream sauce starts to thicken and the corn comes together, remove from heat.
Serve methi makai malai with roti or pulka.
Notes:Make sure not to lower the heat before adding room temperature milk.

Suggestions:If the sauce is too thick, add more cream or milk and let it bubble before removing from heat.
Variations: You can also add chopped tomato before adding cream. Add a quarter tsp or more of red chilli powder or white pepper powder to spice up the creamy gravy.
Other Names:Methi Corn Malai, Corn and Fenugreek Leaves in Cream, Methi Makai Malai.