22 METHI PALAV/BIRYANI

Methi Palav/Biryani/Pulao


I love greens a lot and that too methi leaves and siru keerai( not sure the english word). Every time I get a bunch of methi leaves, I try a variety of dishes, my favaourite being methi dhal of course. But methi chapathi, methi rice and palav too tastes good and also very healthier. This is my version of methi palav/ biryani . Just had the rice with a simple egg masala. Both tasted great together.


Basmati rice - 1 1/2 cups
Methi leaves - 1 big bunch
Onion - 1 medium chopped
Tomato - 2 chopped fine
Green chillies - 2
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Garlic - 4 pods
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Biryani masala powder - 1 tsp
Coconut - 3 tbsp grated (optional)
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Cinnamon, clove, cardamom, marati moggu , bay leaf - all few
Salt as need
Lemon juice - few drops
Oil - 2 tbsp

Wash and soak rice for 15 minutes. Clean,wash and pat dry methi leaves. Keep it aside.

Grind together coconut, garlic, ginger, green chillies and fennel seeds together to a fine thick paste.( I did not add coconut, even then it tasted too good)


In a pan heat oil and add cumin seeds, cinnamon, clove, cardamom , marati moggu and bay leaf. Wait for few seconds and add chopped onions. Fry onions till they nice brown and add the ground paste and saute till the raw smell leaves. Next add chopped tomatoes, fry till they mashed and pulpy . Then add chopped methi leaves ( do not chop the leaves way ahead , or it will turn bitter - I usually chop it when fryin tomatoes, side by side). Fry for few minutes till the leaves are cooked well. Next add all the powders and the washed and drained rice. Saute for a minute and add 3 cups of water, lemon juice and salt. You can at this stage transfer to a rice cooker or if it is in a pressure pan cover and cook for 1 or 2 whistles. I just cooked them directly on stove top - It did not take long- just reduce flame, cover and cook till done. Set aside for 15 minutes and then serve. Enjoy your methi palav/biryani.

22 comments/Reactions:

Parita said...

Wow looks delicious and healthy..never tried pulao with methi..i have bunch of dried methi leaves..will try this soon :)

Ushanandini said...

Healthy and delicious methi pulav! I love methi !

Prathibha said...

Yummy pulav padma....Even i love to cook these greens but hate the cleaning job of those leaves...

kittymatti said...

interesting recipe Padma..would love to trry it! The pic looks good

Pavithra said...

Wow looking so perfect and yummy.. rice is cooked very perfect.. mouthwatering.

Padma said...

Thanks Parita, ushanandini, Prathibha, Kittymatti n Pavithra :D

Priya said...

Just love the bitterness of methi leaves..Pulav looks fabulous Padma...

munchcrunchandsuch said...

I wish to have it for lunch now..perfectly made.

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! padma ..lovely blog ,,looks like u tried all most all cusins dishes ...looks great ..:) Methi pulav is my fav ! looks delicious .

Poornima Nair said...

Methi is my favorite green too...the rice looks really yumm...

Pooja said...

The pulao looks perfect! Never made a pulao with methi. Flavourful and delicious one!

Padma said...

Thanks Priya, Munchcrunchandsuch, Poornima and Pooja :)
Thanks Mangala for dropping by and leaving you comments.. keep visiting :)

Superchef said...

i love adding methi to pulav. Try a mix of fresh as well as kasuri methi the next time, it brings out a nice flavour!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Lovely yummy biryani...

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

Yummy looking pulav. I luv methi.

Nags said...

Adding greens to rice definitely creates a good flavour!

Valarmathi said...

Healthy and tasty pulao. Looks yummy.

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Suparna said...

hi Padma,
Though I make methi pulao I keep the ingredients to the minimal. Shall try ur version it's all spiced up and great looking :)
TC

Varunavi said...

Looks delicious and healthy...

Padma said...

Thanks Superchef - sure will try your method once, sounds interesting.
Thanks HCOF, Dhanya, Nags, Valarmathi, Subhie, Suparna and Varunavi :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Rice and methi...wow awesome combo...looks yum.....Nice to know that u r also from Bangalore.....

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