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Methicha Aalanha

 Published 2021-Aug-02   Updated 2021-Aug-02

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(Methicha Aalan, Fenugreek Leaves Buttermilk Curry)

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Methicha Aalanha or Fenugreek Leaves Curry with Buttermilk is a delicious curry that is part of the Maharashtrian cuisine.  It is a simple yet tasty curry that goes well with hot rice, bhakris, jwari roti etc. It just needs some salad or pickle along with it. This is very satisfying and perfect to make any day. 

Recipe For Methicha Aalanha

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4


  • Methi (Fenugreek Leaves) – 2 small bunches (about 2 cups chopped)
  • Besan (Chickpea flour) – 4-5 tbsp
  • Sour Curd – 1 cup
  • Red Chili Powder – 2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp 
  • Water – 2-3 cups
  • Garlic – 12-15 cloves
  • Salt – as required
  • Oil – 6 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Dry Red Chilies- 2-3


  1. Take fresh methi leaves and chop them roughly. It should be about 2 cups.
  2. In a mixing bowl take 4-5 tbsp of besan along with 1 cup (sour) dahi. Mix it and  don’t let lumps to form. Now add 2-3 glass of water and mix. The prepared mix should be slightly thicker than plain water consistency.
  3. Take an iron kadai or brass vessel as it enhances the flavour of the dish. Add the chopped methi leaves, add 2 big  tsp of red chilli powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, salt to taste, 1 tsp oil and 1/2 cup water.
  4. Mix everything properly and cook on medium flame for 2-3 minutes. Stir once.
  5. Then add the prepared besan-curd-water mixture in kadai and give a good stir. Cover it  and cook on slow flame for 2-3 minutes.  Now the mix starts thickens.
  6. Crush about 12-15 garlic pods using a mortar and pastel.
  7. In a tadka pan, heat 4-5 tsp oil add 1 tsp mustard seeds and ¼ tsp cumin seeds.  Add hing (asafoetida), dry red chilies and crushed garlic cloves. Allow the seeds to splutter and also till the garlic becomes slightly brown.
  8. Now pour this tadka on aalan and cover immediately so that tadka aroma gets absorbed in the curry. Stir after 1-2 minutes.

Serving Suggestion

  • Server the Methicha Aalanha with bhakri or rice.

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