Simple Sunday Supper ~ Aloo Methi

japanese eggplant, fresh okra, gorgeous ginger

very fresh veggies: asian eggplant, okra and ginger, all in a new kadai!

It was a nice easy weekend. The temperature was a little warmer than it had been during the week; 30 degrees felt like a heat wave. There wasn’t too much racing around in the child-taxi, so I had time on Saturday to make a leisurely trip to my two favorite Indian grocery stores. I came home with some gorgeous ginger, beautiful brinjals, and a few other treats.

shopping trip finds
fun finds from saturday shopping

The best of all was my bargain kadai. Brand new, cast iron, perfectly sized, and all mine for the princely sum of $3. It was even pre-seasoned… yippee!

I have wanted a kadai for so long, and was so excited about this one, that I completely forgot to take a photo of the lovely fresh methi I bought. I cooked it with potato tonight for my own simple version of aloo methi.

Aloo Methi

1 medium potato, peeled and diced (about 8 oz)
1 bunch fresh methi leaves, washed and chopped
1/2 small onion, chopped fine
1 big or 2-3 small green chiles, slit

spritz of oil
1 tsp ghee

salt to taste


Heat your brand new kadai on medium-high heat and spritz with very little oil. Add onions, potatoes, and chile(s). Stir-fry until vegetables begin to brown. Reduce heat and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, another ten minutes or so, until potato is cooked through but not mushy. Remove to a plate.

Melt the ghee in your new kadai. Take a moment to savor the aroma — it’s somehow different because of that kadai 😉 Add the chopped methi leaves and cook just a minute or two. Add the potato mixture, stir everything together and let it heat through.

Salt to taste and serve hot.

aloo methi
ok, I admit I wiped out the kadai for the pic — but isn’t it a great little pan!

That’s it! Simple Sunday supper after stupendous Saturday shopping. Who could ask for anything more 🙂



  1. Coffee said

    3 $ for a cast iron kadai!!!!!! You must be kidding!!!!! Can you courier ont to me 😉

    Aloo methi looks great!!!!! 🙂

    Thank you Coffee — will send you a kadai immediately — am going back next week to get another and hope they’re still the same price! 😉

  2. Asha said

    Cute Kadai! Delicious Aloo Methi! Yes! It does impart a unique taste.Enjoy Linda.You are having a blast!:))
    Browser compatibility problem is the reason why!!Mozilla,Netscape ,IE works with blogger,I just found through help page!:D

    Thanks Asha! Hope it’s just my browser, though new AOL uses IE and I can get to other blogspots? I *miss* FH! :):)

  3. sandeepa said

    Aloo methi looks good and we love it, but mostly we make Methi with Brinjals
    So you got Makna, lotus seeds, Lera had posted anice recipe with this

    Hi Sandeepa — hope you have a recipe for methi with brinjals — I was thinking of doing that very thing but was craving potatoes 🙂 Will check your blog right away. I saw Lera’s recipe and that’s why I got the lotus seeds — will be trying soon 🙂

  4. Krithika said

    kadai for $3 ? where did you get it ? aloo-methi looks delicious

    Thanks Krithika — got this in a little shop outside Boston — it’s under new ownership and they have some great buys 🙂

  5. Menu Today said

    Hi Linda,
    Aloo methi looks nice. Cooking in Iron kadai gives good flavour. Thanks.

    Thanks MT! I was so happy to finally have one 🙂

  6. MeltingWok said

    wow, very appetizing with roti wraps, yum 🙂 You’re lucky to get fresh methi, I got a bag of frozen ones, and kinda broken into pieces 😦

    MW I have to go back to check your blog, but aren’t you in California? Most of the fresh methi I see here comes from CA. I have also seen frozen but have not tried. Also, check out Inji’s Green Blog Project (see link on my sidebar to Ginger and Mango). Lots of folks grow their own methi 🙂 Thanks for coming by!

  7. RP said

    Loved the pan.
    Why is the ginger there? I thought it is an entry for jfi-ginger. 🙂
    Aloo methi looks beautiful.

    Thanks RP — entry for JFI Ginger is coming quickly, can’t wait to see yours! 🙂

  8. swapna said

    great dish linda…lots of fresh veggies..right..

    Thank you Swapna — I am always wanting to take pics of veggies before I cook them 😉

  9. indosungod said

    Linda my all time favorite dish looks fantastic and your $3 kadai looks beautiful.

    Hey ISG — thank you! I love aloo methi without alot of spice sometimes and the methi was enough in the new kadai 🙂

  10. Trupti said

    I love your kadai….it is so cute have fun cooking in it! Food tastes so much better in traditional cookwares -much better than non-stick stuff ( I have thrown almost all of my non-stick away after finding out its hazards!) Aloo-Methi looks so good!
    Can’t wait to see your dish with the Lotus seeds in it.

    Hi Trupti — thanks and am already enjoying the new kadai daily! I agree about traditional cookware. I am planning to make Lera’s lotus seed gravy soon 🙂

  11. MeltingWok said

    Thanks for the info, Linda 🙂 It would takes me bout 1.5 hours to Little India for some fresh methis 😦 So, I resort to the most convinient punjab store, and got the frozen ones instead, that’s the price I’ve to pay. Oh, can’t go no trees at my apartment, but that’s really a good thought, thanks 🙂

    Sorry to hear you have to travel so far for fresh methi — that makes me appreciate my little stores all the more. I would have thought in CA they’d be everywhere! I have seen it frozen as well, and knowing you use it, I may try that when I can’t get the fresh. Thanks!

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