Mendiyakeerai saadham – fenugreek recipe

I love fenugreek leaves and am so excited as I see more of that here than before. Added to that since I can manage to make the micro fenugreek greens like a pro now, methi is my go-to green whenever I feel like.
Methiyakeerai saadam,  mixed rice recipe is one I learnt from a sister of my dads. She had a collection of unique recipes she had collected from friends and neighbours since her move to Bangalore.
These hand me down recipes are gems. The other day as I was making her “vangibath “mix, I remembered she had given me a recipe for a rice with greens. I really had to do a bit of digging up for the old book where I wrote all that, but seeing the recipe and tasting it, all the dig up was worth it.
This easy to keep recipe uses a good amount of greens and is a great one in the lunchbox. The recipe can be successfully swapped for most Asian style greens based on what access you have. I do find the best is with the faint bitterness of methi and the opposing nuttiness of the coconut.

Why do we like fenugreek so much?

  • Fenugreek has equivalent benefits to cinnamon for a diabetic
  • With a great affinity for the reduction of cholesterol consumption of a small quantity per day is highly recommended
  • Since it is recommended in blemish removal treatments and wrinkle reduction, it should be very effective upon consumption too.
  • It is a leaf and therefore has a good amount of fibre needed for an effective gut
  • Yet again it is one that belongs to the dark leaves, with a good iron content which you may not want to ignore.
I guess I have given you a good amount of reasons to have this recipe for lunch soon. I am hoping to see some reflections and variations that you have brought about to this recipe to make it your own.
Meanwhile, keep in touch via Instagram or StumbleUpon.
Pin the recipe for later or save to your yum box, either way, it is one I highly recommend.
Enjoy the recipe with Almond chutney and Arisi karuvadam
Here is one more fenugreek recipe
Try these rice based recipes too

Mendiyakeerai saadham

mixed rice with fenugreek leaves
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Dish, Soups and salad
Cuisine diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Medicinal, Pressure cooker, South indian, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people


for the rice

  • 2 cups rice long rice variety (white brown or red)
  • 3.5 cups drinking water ( follow the pack instructions based on the way you are cooking)

for the masala

  • 2 tbsp Urad Dal black gram dal
  • 2 tbsp Channa Dal bengal gram dal
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp peppercorns
  • 1-2 cloves
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 10 -15 curry leaves

the fresh produce

  • 2 cups fenugreek leaves fresh, separated with tender stalk
  • 3 tbsp grated coconut

for the tempering

  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee / clarified butter ( can replace with any oil)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1/2 tsp Channa Dal
  • 5-7 curryleaves
  • 1-2 dry red chillies
  • 2 tbsp peanuts


  • Clean and seperate out the leaves for the fenugreek with just a bit of the tender stalk
  • Wash them as they may have mud. If you use microgreens grown in water, you can rinse and chop the whole little plants. and set aside
  • Grate the coconut and keep ready
  • Cook two cups of long grain rice, fluff and set aside to cool so it won't break as you toss the rice later.
  • In a flat pan, roast the urad dal, channa dal,sesame seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, pepper corns, cloves and curry leaves till crisp.
  • Cool this mixture and powder this masala coarsley and set aside.
  • Into a pan add mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal, curry leaves, peanuts, dryred chilli ( I have used yogurt cured chillies, just because i had them),
  • Add the ghee and oil and saute.
  • As the mustard seeds splutter and the peanuts roast well, add the chopped fenugreek leaves.
  • Add salt needed
  • Saute well for two minutes and add the coconut.
  • Saute well and cover and keep for another 2 minutes
  • Now add the powdered masala and mix well.
  • Add in the fluffed rice and mix well, Check for salt levels.
  • Serve hot with a wedge of lime


You can use sambhar powder in the place of the masala too. Try this sambhar powder
Homemade sambhar powder
You can make this recipe in the instapot or pressure cooker too.Sprinkle the masala powder in the end and saute.
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Poonam Bachhav
5 years ago

Fenugreek rice sounds so flavorful to give it a try soon

Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
5 years ago

That surely is a flavor packed bowl of rice! I hardly cook with methi leaves, but would love to try this rice version…

Mayuri Patel
5 years ago

I sometimes make fenugreek rice as I love fenugreek. However, like your tempering so much. Next time I make fenugreek rice will remember to make it your style.

Ritu Tangri
5 years ago

Wow! These fenugreek rice look so good…so tempting.

Vanitha Bhat
5 years ago

Awesome flavor of methi in this super good-looking rice 🙂 🙂 Subtly spiced and yummy!!

5 years ago

I love methi too but never used it in daal and rice. Your recipes is so tempting, will try for sure.

5 years ago

Sounds very flavourful.. loved recipe. Must be very delicious ..

5 years ago

Sounds so yummy, love fenugreek. Will try this the next time I buy fenugreek leaves 🙂

Bhawana Singh
Bhawana Singh
5 years ago

Fenugreek rice taste really great. very flavorful and healthy. my son too loves having it with any dal.

5 years ago

Ahaaa, I can feel the flavor of rice after the addition of fenugreek here, Lovely idea to add these leaves in diet 🙂

5 years ago

Mendiyakeerai Sadam looks so flavorful and yummy.Absolutely power packed. Superb share .

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