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Brown rice pilaf with fenugreek leaves
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Brown Rice Pilaf with Fenugreek Leaves | Methiwara Chawar

A very tasty and healthy recipe for a Rice Pilaf with Fenugreek Leaves, also called Methiwara Chawar, made with brown rice, tomatoes and spices. A vegan, soy-free, gluten-free and nut-free recipe.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 211kcal


  • 1 bunch fenugreek or methi leave , chopped (about 3-4 cups)
  • 1 ½ cups brown rice , washed under running water and drained
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tbsp canola or other vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 3 medium tomatoes, pureed. This should make about 2 cups of puree.
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat oil in a saucepan.
  • Add the cumin seeds and, when they sputter, add the fenugreek leaves and toss to coat with oil.
  • Add the tomato puree and powdered spices and cook until the tomato begins to express oil.
  • Add the rice. stir until it starts to turn opaque, then add the water and salt to taste.
  • Bring to a rolling boil, turn the heat to low, cover with a tight-fitting lid, and let the rice cook 50 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the rice to stand 10 minutes before opening the lid.
  • Fluff with a fork and serve hot.


You can make this with white rice. Reduce water to 2 ½ cups and cook for 15 minutes after you cover with the lid.


Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4.9g | Fat: 4g | Potassium: 332mg | Fiber: 2.8g | Sugar: 1.7g | Vitamin A: 1000IU | Vitamin C: 28.9mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.6mg