Friday, September 18, 2009

Menthya soppina kalsidanna/ Methi rice/ Fenugreek leaves rice

Fenugreek is used as both an herb as well as a seed. The fresh leaves are used as greens and the dried ones are used to flavor the dishes (kasuri methi). It can also be sprouted. By nature fenugreek seeds tastes bitter but it has very high amount of nutritional value. It is rich in carbohydrates, proteins, Vitamin A and C, iron, calcium and minerals.

It’s also considered as the most beneficial medicinal herb. Due to the cooling and soothing effects of Fenugreek seeds, they are considered beneficial in skin irritation and inflammation. The other benefits of this herb includes solving digestive disorders, anemia, respiratoryinfections, dandruff, prevents blackheads, pimples, and premature ageing.

It also cures the diabetes and lowers the blood pressure. It’s also a strong stimulator of milk production in lactating mothers.

With all the detailed information I have known about methi, I simply can’t stay away from it here. Yes, another item that we are deprived off here is menthya soppu. Our desire for menthya soppina kalsidanna, methi parota, matvadi palya yum yum…led us to grow menthya soppu or methi leaves in our kitchen garden J. Take a peek of our 1st yield – its so fresh, green & tender and organically grown with healthy looks J.

So this has become our regular activity of sowing the seeds and wait for about 2-3weeks for th

e yield. Then we enjoy our menthya soppu + alugadde +batani kalsidanna thereafter! I thought of sharing this exceptional recipe with you all; hope you all will like it too. This is a dish that can be made just for a simple lunch/brunch or can be included as a side dish in the habbada oota i.e the festive lunch menu. Its quite common as a lunchbox item as well. Easy to prepare and non messy to eat at work J


Finely chopped menthya soppu/ methi leaves – 1 cup

Peeled and cubed potatoes – 1

Green Peas – ½ cup

Oil – 2 to 3tbsp

Mustard seeds – ½ tsp

Cumin seeds – ½ tsp

Turmeric – ¼ tsp

Pinch of asafetida

Palyada pudi/ vangibath powder/ annadapudi – 1 to 2 tbsp

Salt to taste

Dash of lemon juice

Rice ¾ cup washed and cooked (rice to water ratio should be 1:2)


  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter. Next add cumin seeds, turmeric, asafetida and potato. Fry for sometime.
  • Next add green peas, mix well and cover and cook.
  • Then add menthya soppu/methi leaves, salt & cover and cook.
  • Lastly add bath powder and mix well.
  • Then add the cooked rice and mix up with a dash of lemon.

Menthya soppina kalsidanna is ready to be served.

Serving Suggestions: You can serve menthya soppina kalsida

nna with some papad, sandige, pickle or tastes good even with some raita.

Menthya sopina kalsidanna and mosaru anna (curd rice) makes an excellent combo for a packed lunch.

Ciao sooooooooooooooonnnnnnnn J!


  1. I love menthyada soppina anna! ANything with menthya soppu, in fact. I make it the same way too, with palyada pudi. Sometimes with green chilies and jeera too. Looks delicious and I really like the fact that you're using really fresh soppu from your own backyard.

  2. Hey Rashmi! Today's menthya rice photo is excepional! Hmm I know. Kitchen garden vegs/ Greens add a fresh flavour and make the food tastier:) Itz great to know that you methi grow @ home:)

  3. awesome sis :) you are the best cook in the world :)..

  4. wat a rice dear..I just love it..looks very colorful n flavorful..

  5. This recipe seems very tasty.. but what is Bath powder?

  6. Hi Vani,
    Nice knowing you! Thank you or ur encouraging comment. Will tryout in ur way too sometime :)

    Thanks Archana, Raks and Prathibha for all your valuable comments!

    @ Mamta - its a type of spice powder that kannadigas use to prepare some subjis or rice item. You might get them in some indian stores here orelse wait for it to get posted on abhi-ruchi soon :)


  7. Interesting indeed!
    Best wishes from an Estonian living in Italy.

  8. wow!!!!what a healthy treat...........infact when I get too lazy to make chapatis............I keep luking wut best can I do to the humble rice.N der.... got a gr8 "nutritous recipe".......and by chance have just sown methi waiting for methi to grow n try out the methi rice....well done!!

  9. @Pilland - Thank you for your wishes :)

    @Garima - Thank you for commenting. Nice to hear that u too grow methi here - enjoy ur fresh methi leaves :)

  10. It cures throat infection...My God I have it now..


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