Murg Methi Malai (Chicken Cooked in a Creamy Curry with Fenugreek Leaves)

photo_15516255440678590956682697982801.jpgMurg Methi Malai is a North Indian chicken curry.The gravy is rich,creamy and mildly aromatic with prominence of fresh fenugreek (methi) leaves.Since methi is in abundance during winters therefore it can be termed as a winter recipe.photo_15516255288022017028374182232476.jpgIt is a main course delicious treat for the non vegetarians with the goodness of methi and can be enjoyed with chapatis,naan or rice.The method of cooking gives a restaurant style appeal to the dish,but since it is cooked at home,one would find it more flavorful because of the freshest ingredients used in it.So before I leave everyone exhausted let us quickly jump to the recipe.

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Serves: 4-5


For chicken marination

  • 1 kg chicken curry cut
  • 1/2 cup thick yogurt
  • Salt to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp ginger and garlic paste

For the Gravy

  • 2 medium size onions roughly chopped
  • 1 large tomato sliced
  • 2′ ginger piece roughly chopped
  • 7-8 garlic cloves chopped
  • 6-7 green chilies or as per taste broken into pieces
  • 4-5 green cardamoms
  • 2″ cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 petal mace
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 10 cashews
  • 2 cups chopped methi (fenugreek)
  • 2 tbsp dry kasuri methi (Dry leaves of fenugreek )
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh cream (optional)
  • Oil/ghee


Marinating the chicken

  • Wash and pat dry chicken.Marinate it with some salt,lemon juice,curd and ginger and garlic paste.photo_15516254438117802427258592383492.jpg

Preparing the curry paste

  • In a wok heat 2 tbsp of ghee /oil.
  • Add cloves,cinnamon,cloves and cardamom.
  • Toss in the chopped onions and saute.
  • Add in the sliced tomatoes,green chilies,ginger and garlic along with the cashews and give a quick stir.
  • Add in turmeric powder and chili powder along with some salt to taste and cook till mushy. Switch off the flame.
  • Let the mixture cool down and grind the cooked mixture into a fine paste along with some water.The curry paste is ready

Preparing the fenugreek (methi)

  • Cook chopped methi in very little oil till its moisture evaporates and keep aside.

Cooking the chicken

  • In a pan heat 4-5 tbsp of oil/ghee.
  • Add in the marinated chicken pieces and saute on high heat for 7-8 minutes till they acquire slightly golden color.
  • Add in the prepared curry paste along with the left over marinade if any and mix well.Add 1/2 cup of water and cook the chicken covered till it is done occasionally stirring in between.
  • When the chicken is cooked in about 25 minutes mix in the cooked methi leaves.
  • Mix well and add dry kasuri methi and nutmeg powder.Simmer for 3-4 minutes and switch off the flame.
  • Finish off with some fresh cream before serving.(optional)
  • Enjoy along with some hot chapatis and rice.photo_15516255339551179644277512516295.jpg

Tips & Tweaks:

  • The quantity of methi can be increased or decreased as per choice but too much addition may turn the curry slightly bitter and the color may also not remain brigt yellow at the end.
  • Addition of cream is purely optional .However it adds to the richness of the dish and also mallow downs the taste of methi leaves.
  • Prolonging the marination time of the chicken makes the chicken taste better.

ENJOY!!!……………………….and HAPPY COOKING!!!…………………………………….



15 Comments Add yours

  1. francisashis says:

    Thank you for the update of the delicious recipe.

    Liked by 4 people

    1. You are most welcome.I am glad that you have liked the recipe.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. francisashis says:

        Yes, I love it

        Liked by 2 people

  2. ilonapulianauskaite says:

    How do you find time to cook so many great food?

    Liked by 3 people

    1. If one is passionate about anything would always try to fit it in the routine 😊.


  3. The title of the recipe makes my mouth water!

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Jyo says:

    Methi malai is always irresistible to me and the colour is so inviting πŸ’šπŸ‘

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thanks a lot Jyo ☺️.


  5. Jayeeta says:

    This is one of my favourite chicken recipes and you did a complete justice with it……….. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Thanks 😊.I am glad that you liked it.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. InspiresN says:

    Love this recipe am going to try it this weekend. Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 2 people

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