Indian Methi Chicken / Murg Methi / Fenugreek Chicken : An Indulgent and Fragrant chicken recipe from India, thats a perfect blend of spices, flavors and comfort food (light version). The mild spices and warm-sweet ‘methi’ aroma makes it absolutely delicious. It can be made 1-2 days in advance and frozen for upto a week.This (Indian Methi Chicken) is my absolutely FAVORITE chicken recipe (sorry Butter Chicken- but you’re my second favorite 😉 and must have made it a gazillion times. More than being the favorite, the reason to make it that many times is plain and simple – It tastes absolutely Heavenly & is so simple to make. It takes about 30-40 minutes to make this recipe from scratch and the result is mind-blowing! And, did I mention, my version is actually LIGHT in Calories too (as it’s made using thick yogurt instead of cream)This recipe is particularly famous in the northern part of India as that place is rich in cultivating the main ingredient ‘Methi/Fenugreek Leaves‘ (which is similar to watercress leaves and has a sweet aroma), hence most of the Indian restaurants there serve it on their menu and I’ve come across it in many Indian restaurants in USA & Europe. Then you add mild flavorful spices like cardamom, cloves, cinnamon (seriously they smell so good), mix it up with yogurt, chicken, few more ingredients and cook over low heat. The result will be an absolutely drool worthy dish. Because we want to do full justice to the flavors of methi+whole spices, hence we kept the other ingredients pretty light as you don’t want to over power it by adding tomatoes or too much garlic….every ingredient in dish complements each other in taste and aroma. For most of us living abroad, ‘Fenugreek Leaves or Methi & Kasoori Methi (dried version of it) can be easily found in any big/small Indian grocery stores. For this particular version, I’m using ‘dried fenugreek leaves/kasoori methi’ (available in spice aisle) but if you get fresh leaves, that’s great too.
IMPORTANT TIP: Now, you have to be careful about one thing when cooking with Fenugreek Leaves (dry/fresh), you add them towards the very end of your dish (cook for 3-4 minutes) as they do have a tendency to taste kind of bitter (if over-cooked).
Whenever I make this chicken, it’s made in a big batch, to be served that particular day and then freezing some part of it for the coming week…I mean who wouldn’t mind a flavorful pre-cooked gravy recipe on a busy (read crazy at times) weekdays…Oh by the way, the other thing, that’s always found in our freezer is frozen roti’s/naans (whether store bought or homemade) as that seriously makes life so much easier. Also, this one is my favorite stress-buster too, as when I cook this, the aroma of the methi and spices, just transcend me into this peaceful space.As I said many a times, I love hearing from you, about my recipes that you tried and are you like many of us …for whom cooking is just as therapeutic as anything else?