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Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

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Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

Post by edwin catflap » Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:46 am

Hi Guys

Just wondering how many of you use methi in your madras and what the consensus is...use it or not?

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Re: Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

Post by Cory Ander » Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:54 am

Hi EC,

I tend to add a little (crumbled methi leaves) to most of my savoury curries. But, to be honest, I don't really recall their tell-tell (visual) sign ever being evident in curries in curries (including Madras) of yesteryear. My feeling is that it is more of a modern day inclusion.
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Re: Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

Post by beachbum » Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:07 pm

Methi leaves seem to feature in most of the BIR YouTube videos, as well as coriander leaves sprinkled over the result. Like CA I don't recall the usage of either in the Good Old Days.. in fact I never heard of Coriander until I discovered it to my alarm in a Vietnamese Pork Roll (Banh Mi) about ten years ago :shock:
Since then of course I've fallen in love with Coriander but I'd also guess that, and methi leaves, are a modern embellishment, together with ruby red colouring. In the 70s most curries were a rich golden or dark brown as I recall.

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Re: Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

Post by andrewtheface » Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:56 pm

I use methi in my madras, i love it

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Re: Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

Post by nee » Thu Apr 24, 2014 3:16 pm

beachbum wrote:..in fact I never heard of Coriander until I discovered it to my alarm in a Vietnamese Pork Roll (Banh Mi) about ten years ago :shock:

Haha!! Exactly the same with me...although only about 3 years ago with my first pork roll here in Melbourne. I am i love with coriander now though and use it for cooking all the time...

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Re: Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

Post by Steve Albion » Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:27 pm

I use kasuri methi in all my savoury curries because it brings them closer to the curries I like. Always had chopped coriander sprinkled on top of BIR curries ever since I remember - going back to the late seventies/early eighties. Ain't the same without.

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Re: Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

Post by jonty » Sat May 03, 2014 7:15 pm

I like to add methi to most of my curries, it adds a 'dfamiliar' flavour. Not too keen on fresh coriander on everything though but that's just personal taste.

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Re: Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

Post by runrigfan » Thu May 22, 2014 12:02 pm

so do the methi leaves make a difference? is it worth buying some and give them a go........

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Re: Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

Post by MonsieurBadgerCheese » Thu May 22, 2014 1:10 pm

Definitely.........in my opinion. Very much an integral part of 'the taste'. Careful not to end up with too much like this though! :):

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Re: Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

Post by NotVeryNice » Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:22 am

The day I discovered methi was a proud moment. I use it as often as I can get away with. Even in the occasional non-curry dish.

I have no idea of its health properties, whether it contains anything useful. But that flavour. Unbeatable.

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Re: Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

Post by macferret » Wed Feb 18, 2015 7:31 am

It's a yes from me. Love it.
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Re: Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

Post by adeypayne » Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:24 am

We always add 1 tsp methi to our madras in the restaurant at Fusion. Regards, Adey.

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Re: Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

Post by tandoori » Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:08 am

In my experience only dry curries have methi, e.g. Bhuna and Balti.

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Re: Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

Post by BevJ » Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:23 pm

I use methi leaves in most curries. It is simply a matter of personal taste. As for being a modern ingredient, I first bought a box of methi from an Indian shop in St Pauls, Bristol 45 years ago. Could not resist the bright green box.

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Re: Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

Post by Alchemist » Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:26 pm

I reckon it might have gone off by now, Bev :lol:

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Re: Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

Post by Dazack35 » Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:15 am

Do you think you could overdose a curry with Methi leaves?

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Re: Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

Post by Alchemist » Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:00 am

I think you can overdo any ingredient and ruin the flavour balance of a dish. A curry (in my opinion) should be a fine balance of flavours.

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Re: Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

Post by steveparadox » Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:53 am

I use Methi in all curries really and Madras is certainly no exception.

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Re: Methi Leaves (dried) in a Madras or Not?

Post by ScotchBonnet » Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:23 pm

Before I knew better I thought that the little leaves in a curry that tasted and smelled like - well - like a curry were actually curry leaves but now I know better and I always have a box of East End kasuri methi in the spice drawer. Yes, I always stick it in my madras (remembering to crumble it and get rid of any little stick-like bits).
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