Menthya Baath: Fenugreek/ methi greens rice:

Menthya baath/bath is a quick, healthy, flavourful south Indian dish, made with methi greens and mixed veggies or plain. It is a one-pot nutritious meal and ideal for lunch boxes.

Here, we use fresh methi/ fenugreek leaves and green peas. The rice’s raw and earthy flavour of methi greens makes it unique. Hence, it is an added advantage to avoid the difficulty of including greens in kids’ diets. Each family has its recipe, and I will share how we like it. Typically eaten with raitha or just with some curds. But it tastes great with any mild vegetable curry, like gobhi and broccoli, which I shared earlier. 


Rice – 2 cups (wash a couple of times, drain and keep aside)

Fresh Green peas – 1 small bowl (frozen would do)

Methi/fenugreek leaves – 1 small bowl ( cleaned, chopped)

Coriander leaves – ½ small bowl (washed, chopped)

Milk – 1 cup ( you can opt for any plant-based milk as well)

Onions – 2 ( medium) thinly sliced

Oil – 2 to 3 tablespoons (As required)

Whole masala: Cumin – 1 tsp, cinnamon – 1″, cloves, Marathi moggu, cardamoms and bay leaves ( 2 each)

To dry grind: Green chillies – 3 to 4, ginger – 1 inch, garlic – 6 to 8 cloves

Coriander powder – 1 ½ tsp

Salt ( as required)

Lemon – ½


-Take one cooker, heat oil, and put all the whole masalas such as cumin, two pieces each of cinnamon, cloves, Maratha moggu, cardamom, and bay leaves.

-Now, add sliced onion, and fry until it is transparent. Then, add green peas and continue to fry.

-Next, add dry and roughly ground ginger-garlic-green chilli paste. Fry until its raw smell vanishes.

-Next, add chopped methi greens, coriander greens, coriander powder, and salt and fry further.

-Add drained rice and fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add 3 cups of water and 1 cup of milk and allow to boil.

-Lastly, add the lemon juice. When water starts boiling, close the cooker lid. Cook until the first whistle.

-When pressure releases, serve with any preferred raita, plain curd or veg curry.



Sankranthi Bhogi Palle/ Multi greens and vegetable palya:

Wish you all Happy Bhogi! While it is not a huge festival in our native. After coming to Bangalore, I learnt Some of my favourite North Karnataka recipes from my previous neighbour aunty, who hails from Solapur near Gulbarga. She used to offer some of her preparations. It starts from simple triangle chapati, obbattu, obbattu Saru, chapparadavarekai palya, chavlikai palya and khara byale Saru, Godhi nucchina Huggi, which she used to offer to God, every Friday evening and she used to distribute as a prasadam to us. Aunty used to prepare Sajje rotti and Bhogi palya, a mixed dry curry, with winter veggies, pulses and greens.

Bhogi Palle or Bhogichi Bhaji is a traditional winter recipe cooked all across Maharashtra and  Uttara Karnataka region on the day of “Bhogi” a day before Makara Sankranti. This dish celebrates the seasonal bounty of winter vegetables and groundnuts and sesame seeds which provide the much-needed warmth and nourishment to the human body during winters. It contains all the nutrients, vitamins, and healthy fat from seasonal fresh harvest with no other added masala other than the ingredients’ flavour.  

Ingredients may differ from family to family. But I like it in this way.


Mix vegetables – 1 bowl ( Potato, Red carrot, regular carrot, beans, brinjal, broad beans, cluster beans etc.)

Mix greens – 1 bowl ( palak, dill, methi, amaranth etc.)

Mix green pulses and nuts – 1 bowl ( lima beans, toor, choli or chana, double beans, groundnuts etc.)

Spring Onion – 1 small bunch

Tomato – 2 to 3 (Round heirloom variety)

Green chillies – 5 to 6 ( chopped)

Ginger – 1inch ( juveniles)

Garlic – 10 – 12 cloves

Turmeric – 1 tsp


Jaggery – ¼ tsp to balance the flavour ( an optional)

Seasoning: Oil, mustard, cumin

Coriander leaves – 1 small cup.

Garam masala – ½ tsp (an optional to garnish)


-Clean everything, keep greens, veggies, pulses separate.

-Chop spring onions, green chillies, crush the garlic. Coriander leaves and keep.

-Take one Kadai, heat oil, splutter mustard, cumin, curry leaves, garlic, ginger, green chillies.

-After frying for a while, add white part of spring onion, then tomato, turmeric, salt, and add jaggery, fry for two minutes. And all the other things from greens to pulses, veggies and give a stir.

Close the lid and cook in a small flame, When it is ready, garnish with chopped coriander leaves. If you wish, add little garam masala and stir well.

Serve with Sajje roti or any other millet roti or regular chapati. I like to have it as it is as well 😀