Menthe kadubu is a recipe originally from North Karnataka. It was introduced to me from a friend Anuradha & the recipe that I follow is the one which I learnt from her. There are various methods to do it. It can be soupy (with liquid consistency) or dried version. It works as a main dish for the gloomy weather in winter season or you can serve it as a started too.
The process is bit lengthy, that is it calls for parallel processing of making the gravy & wheat dumpling and at the end combining both. It can be made sweet & spicy or less spiced one too. HuLi Kadubu (dumpling in sambhar) is another similar dish which tastes heavenly and I will post the recipe soon.
Now let us come to the point of making Menthe Kadubu.
Preparation time: 20-30 minutes
Menthe soppu/ Fenugreek leaves – 1 bunch
Onion – 1 (medium)
Garlic – 10-12 cloves
Tamarind – gooseberry sized
Jaggery – lemon sized
Chilli powder – 1 tsp or green chillis – 2, Adjust to taste
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Salt to taste
Sambhar powder – ½ tsp (optional), adjust to taste
Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Asafoetida (hing) – 1 pinch
Coriander leaves – to garnish
Rice flour – 1 tsp (optional), to thicken the gravy
Chapathi/ roti dough – 1 large orange sized
- Prepare chapathi dough with wheat flour, salt, water and little oil. Keep aside covered.
- Clean, wash green leaves (menthe soppu). Remove stems. I normally add stems which are tender. Stems bring slight bitter taste.
- Chop methi/ menthe leaves finely. Keep aside.
- Peel and chop onions fine.
- Peel garlics & mince.
- Slit or chop green chillis.
- Soak tamarind in ¼ cup of water.
- Prepare a seasoning of mustard, hing & cumin seeds in oil. On spluttering, add minced garlic, sauté for couple of minutes.
- Add chopped onions & green chillis (if using) and fry until translucent.
- Add chopped fenugreek leaves. Sprinkle turmeric powder and salt to taste. Add chilli powder too.
- Let the leaves cook for a while.
- When it is almost done, add tamarind extract prepared (soaked in water), jaggery and sambhar powder. Add water to adjust the consistency. Allow boiling.
- Add 1 tsp rice flour, dissolved in little water to the gravy to adjust the thickness. This is just optional.
- Meanwhile, make chapathis of medium thickness (little thicker than regular chapathi) from the dough.
- Apply oil on both sides, cut into small chunks.
- Boil 2-3 cups of water in a separate vessel adding little salt and 1 tsp oil.
- On boiling, add cut pieces of chapathi to it, bring to boil, close the lid for a minute.
- Now, Drain water from the wheat dumplings. Add these dumplings to the boiling gravy.
- Bring to a boil. Mix once well.
- Garnish with the chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot.
- Adding rice flour is optional & it is just for thickening the gravy. If the gravy becomes thick by boiling, then you can leave it.
- Menthe kadubu can be made dry or gravy like soup.
- Addition of garlic enriches the taste, though there is a recipe of without garlic.