Saturday, 4 January 2014

The marriage of Gajar and Methi

Gajar-Methi Subji

For me, all dishes made with methi are equal. But the Gajar Methi subji is more equal. 

Very few vegetable combinations cause a “party in your mouth” to borrow a phrase from my younger daughter, like the gajar-methi subji - a match made in heaven.

I believe it is owing to the symbiotic relationship the two share, and I don’t just mean the complementary nutritional values.  The no-nonsense, rooted-in- common-sense constitution of Gajar lends constancy to the heady flirtatious aphrodisiac that Methi is!
(Yes! Methi is supposed to have these qualities, maple syrup smell syndrome notwithstanding!)

In its cooked savoury form, Gajar is often relegated to being a mere filler of colour, texture, or even nutrition - by crafty mothers who sneak some into 2-minute noodles as trade off.  However, this subji is one dish in which Gajar holds its own ground as an equal, assuaging the fragrant but slightly bitter, piquant flavours of methi by its smooth sweetness. Gajar chivalrously lends body, moisture and a silky texture to the subji to set off the slight fibrousness of the leaves.

Methi too comes more than halfway to this amalgamation with a lot of verve, lending aroma and savouriness, but accepting the tempering by the carrots with grace. The result is remarkable!

I haven’t got good pictures of the dish - simply because I couldn't wait to dig into some hot jowar bhakri and this Gajar-Methi.


2 cups washed and chopped fresh methi (use the tender stems as well)
2 large carrots, cut into slices or diced
1 medium onion, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic
1-2 green chillies
½ tsp coriander powder
½ tsp cumin powder
1 tbsp oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
A pinch of hing
A pinch of turmeric
Salt to taste
Pinch of sweetener/sugar (optional)


Heat a pan and make a tadka (tempering) with the oil and mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to splutter, add the green chillies and onions. Saut√© for a minute and add the hing and turmeric. Add the sliced carrots and the chopped methi. Mix well and cover with a lid with a little water on top and cook for a few minutes. Remove the lid carefully so as not to spill the water into the pan. Add the coriander-cumin powder, salt and sugar/sweetener. Cook for a few minutes more, till done. 

Serve with bhakri or bajra roti/rotla, phulka or rice. 

The next time I make this, I would like to dress it up and serve it as party dish, with hot pooris!


  1. Good combination of two vegetables.

  2. i was a bit apprehensive when one of my friends presented a gajar korama rassa bhaji,but i had to admit it tasted fantastic!

  3. I am making it today. I was just thinking what to make with the methi, I only have two recipes for methi, I try to be creative at times but it does not always succeed. So today I have a new recipe from you. Thank you :-)


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