Barik Methi

Barik methi means tender leaves of fenugreek seeds. This vegetable is grown in the sand. We in Mumbai eat this a lot since this is available throughout the year. It has a little bitter taste, hence this vegetable is not liked by my hubby and daughter ... they simply dislike this vegetable. On the other hand I simply love this vegetable, even make a salad of it and enjoy eating this veggie. This vegetable requires a lot of washing, cleaning and water because its grown in sand, hence time consuming. It has a lot of water content, when cooked reduces to 1/4 the quantity. To balance the bitterness of this vegetable you need an equal amount of onions. I make this vegetable using different masalas. But today I, am going to share a very simple yet tasty recipe.

This vegetable is available in bundles unlike other veggies which are sold in kilograms. This vegetable is highly perishable and needs to be prepared the same day.


15 bundles Barik Methi
2 Green chilles - finely chopped
2 Medium Onions - finely sliced
1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
3 Tablespoons heaped Oil
1 Teaspoon Sugar
Salt to taste


Washing the Barik Methi

Take the bundles in a deep bowl filled with water and keep them immersed for 5 minutes. The sand will settle down then gentle lift each bundle and keep aside, again do this process two or three times. The last washing I do under running water. Take each bundle and hold it under the tap and with you fingers just wash the leaves and stem. Keep them to drain in a colander for 5 minutes.

Then lay each bundle on the chopping board and chop a little tail end of it. Then cut the thread ( a piece of grass) and throw it way and chop this in three to four pieces only.

In a kadai, heat the oil. Add onions fry till translucent, add the green chillies and saute for a minute, add the turmeric powder, methi and cook till the methi, stirring after every two minutes. When nearly cooked add the salt and sugar, again cook till the methi is done and the water evaporates. Once the water has evaporated, remove from flame and serve hot . This taste excellent with bhakris.  Happy eating!!!

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Labels : Blogging Marathon, Vegetables, Methi
sneha datar
sneha datar

Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.


  1. We don't get tender methi leaves here. Looks like a nice dish...

  2. I have never seen this vegetable but is sounds very interesting.

  3. Wow, this dish rocks, i dont get tender methi leaves too..

  4. I have neither heard about this methi nor have cooked methi this way.

  5. Using tender methi stalks in a curry sounds very nutritious and delicious.

  6. Great dish.. I dont get tender methi too :-(

  7. Never heard of the dish! Sounds very different!

  8. Sounds interesting..not sure if I have seen this tender leaves that you are referring to..

  9. Very new. Never heard of this barik methi.