Menthe kadubu is a traditional dish of North Karnataka which makes you to crave for more with its unique flavour of fenugreek leaves and very basic spices in any Indian kitchen. There are two types it can be made, majorly difference in the consistency! One is soupy & another is dry stir-fry type. Though both tastes great, my favourite is the dry one and I am sharing the recipe for the same in today’s post. Check out the recipe for gravy type of menthe kadubu here.
Recently I also learnt that, this dry version is generally made with jowar/ sorghum millet flour whereas the other one is with wheat flour. This tastes wonderful even if it is made with wheat flour & I am sharing the recipe using wheat flour today.
Preparation time: 20-30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
For the stir-fry:
Menthe soppu/ Fenugreek leaves – 1 bunch
Onion – 1 (optional)
Garlic – 10-12 cloves
Red chilli powder – 1tsp
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Salt to taste
Cooking Oil – 2-3 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Kasuri methi – 1 tsp (optional), for extra flavour
For the dumpling:
Wheat flour – ½ cup, can be replaced by jowar flour (in this case, hot water to be used)
Water – to make the dough
Salt – ½ tsp
Oil – 1.5 tsp
- Prepare dough of chapathi dough consistency using wheat flour, salt, water and little oil. Keep aside covered.
- After 5-10 minutes, divide the dough into small gooseberry sized balls and press gently with fingers to make small discs. Smaller the size, better the look of menthe kadubu . It is easy to cook them if size is small.
- Boil 3-4 cups of water in a separate vessel adding little salt and 1 tsp oil.
- On boiling, add wheat flour dumplings prepared in the previous step to it. Boil them for 5-6 minutes. While the dumplings are boiling you can keep the greens ready & cooked following the method under stir-fry).
- Now, Drain water completely from the wheat dumplings, set aside.
- Clean, wash green leaves (menthe soppu). Remove hard stems & use only leaf & tender stems.
- Chop methi/ menthe leaves finely. Keep aside.
- Peel and chop onions fine.
- Peel garlics & chop finely.
- Prepare a seasoning of mustard & cumin seeds in oil. On spluttering, add minced garlic, sauté for couple of minutes till they are done & turned to golden brown.
- Add chopped onions (if using) and fry until translucent. It will be good even without onions.
- Add chopped fenugreek leaves. Sprinkle turmeric powder and salt to taste. Add chilli powder too.
- Let the leaves cook for a while.
- Add the boiled & drained dumplings to the stir-fried fenugreek leaves.
- Sauté well so that everything is combined well. Let it cook in the spiced greens so that it blends well with the masala.
- Optionally sprinkle kasuri methi, switch off the stove. Serve hot as starter or as an lunch accomplishment.
- Dumpling can be made with jowar flour instead wheat flour by adding hot water to knead the dough.
- In the above case, allow water to boil and add the flour, salt and saute till water is absorbed. On cooling, grease palm with little oil & knead the dough. Then follow the procedure same as wheat flour dumpling.