Methi Bateta nu Shaak/ Fenugreek Potato Vegetable

November 20, 2012mayurisjikoni
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RECIPE: Methi Bateta Nu Shaak/ Fenugreek Potato Vegetable

Methi Bateta Nu Shaak/ Fenugreek Potato Vegetable is a simple but flavourful way to prepare the famous Gujarati style shaak or sabji using fresh fenugreek and potatoes. Best enjoyed with some hot roti with ghee and a dal or lentil curry. Not many spices are required.

If you don’t have fresh methi or fenugreek, use frozen one.


Weather in Mombasa 

Once again the hot season has begun with a vengeance. It has become extremely hot and humid in Mombasa. Every time I go to my favourite green grocer shop, the owner complains about vegetables and fruits not reaching Mombasa on time because of the traffic on the Mombasa Nairobi Highway. Not much of a highway as it has single lane on both sides. Till all these problems somehow get sorted, I have to get very innovative in the kitchen, cooking up the humble potato in numerous ways. Thankfully the small bunches of not so bitter fenugreek are grown locally. That’s what I’ve used to make a simple and flavorful sabji, shaak, vegetable or side dish.

Benefits of Fresh Fenugreek (methi)

  • Fenugreek is a herb with impressive health benefits. Commonly used in many Indian dishes, its also used for medicinal purposes.
  • Low in calories, ideal for weight loss.
  • Lowers bad cholesterol and helps to increase the good one.
  • Helps to control blood glucose metabolism in the body, making it ideal for diabetics.
  • The leaves are a rich source of iron and its recommended to include this herb in dals and curries.
  • I can now understand why grandmothers and mothers insist that after pregnancy new mothers should consume fresh fenugreek and also the seeds. Fenugreek helps in breast milk production.
  • Fights kidney ailments.
  • Beneficial for good bowel and intestine health as it helps to fight dysentery and diarrhoea.

How to include fenugreek leaves (methi) in your diet?

My absolute favorite way to enjoy fresh fenugreek leaves is to add loads of it in millet flour parathas. My kids use to love fried bajri dhebra, and I use to sneak in some fresh fenugreek paste into their favorite snack.

Have you ever tried Methi Naan? Methi Paneer Bread (Fenugreek Cottage Cheese Bread) is another different way to enjoy fresh fenugreek.

Try out a spinach and fenugreek combined creamy potato curry. You may want to check out Mina’s Fenugreek and Aubergine Curry. I usually add fresh chopped or dried fenugreek(kasuri methi) to flatbreads, fritters, savory pancakes. Its such a versatile herb.

How about some Methi Na Gota as a snack or as part of a main meal?

Methi Bateta Nu Shaak/ Fenugreek Potato Vegetable

Since there is a shortage of fresh vegetables in Mombasa due to congestion on the highway, whereby vegetables and fruits are not reaching on time, I have to get a bit more innovative with the available vegetables. I love making fenugreek and potato vegetable, though a dry version. It tastes really good with hot rotis, and a dal or lentil curry, especially with Gujarati style Tuvar Dal. It is not difficult at all  to prepare this dish.

How to clean and chop the fenugreek leaves?

The main stem of fenugreek does not usually cook well, so the much thinner side stems are plucked and chopped. Sometimes the leaves alone are plucked and used. I like to chop fenugreek roughly or finely depending on the type of dish I’m going to use it for. Once chopped or plucked, soak it in enough water so that the soil or sand is removed. Scoop up the chopped leaves or plucked ones into a strainer. Wash in this manner 3-4 times to remove grit. Spread the washed fenugreek on a kitchen towel or newspaper to allow it to dry a bit.

Dietary Tips:

  • This vegetable is gluten free if you don’t add asafetida.
  • Vegan friendly.
  • To make it satvik friendly, don’t add garlic paste.

Ingredients Required For Methi Bateta Nu Shaak/ Fenugreek Potato Vegetable

Potatoes – peel and cut into small cubes.

Fenugreek – methi. fresh, washed and chopped.

Oil – use any oil of your preference. I use sunflower oil.

Mustard Seeds – rai. Easily available in all Indian Stores or online.

Fenugreek Seeds – methi na dana. Easily available in all Indian Stores or online.

Asafoetida – hing. Optional. For a gluten free shaak, omit asafetida or use pure asafetida which has no wheat flour in it.

Green Chillis – paste or finely chopped. Add according to your taste.

Ginger – fresh ginger paste or grated.

Garlic Paste – peel and finely chop or mince the garlic.

Turmeric Powder – hadli, hardar.

Dhana Jiru – Most Gujarati style sabjis and curries use home made dhana jiru. It is a mixture of coriander and cumin seed powder. Check out for the recipe here.

Salt – Add according to your taste.


Lets prepare this yummy vegetable and enjoy it with hot rotis, parathas or even puri. It’s a sure winner on any dining table.

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Methi Bateta Nu Shaak/ Fenugreek Potato Vegetable is a simple but flavourful way to prepare the famous Gujarati style shaak or sabji using fresh fenugreek and potatoes.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course sabji, shaak, Side Dish
Cuisine Gujarati
Servings 4


  • 5 medium potatoes about 3 cups of tiny cubed potatoes
  • 2 cups fresh fenugreek finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • Pinch of asafoetida
  • ½ tsp ginger paste
  • ½ tsp chilli paste
  • 2 tsps garlic paste
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp dhana jiru
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut them into tiny cubes.
  • Heat oil over medium heat in a wide pan, wok or karai.
  • When it is hot add fenugreek and mustard seeds.
  • Add hing and garlic. Saute for a few seconds.
  • Add turmeric powder and the cubed potatoes.
  • Add salt, ginger and chilli and mix well.
  • Cover the pan, lower the heat and let the potatoes cook till done.
  • Add dhana jiru and chopped methi and mix well. Stir fry for a few minutes but gently. You don't want to mash the potatoes.
  • Take the pan off the heat and cover it. Let the methi wilt a bit.
  • Serve hot with rotis.


  • If you want to cook the vegetable ahead, do so but do not cover with a lid when done. Re heat before serving.
  • Make sure the potatoes do not get all mashed up.
  • You want the diced potato to become a bit crispy, thus the usage of more oil.
  • Can deep fry or air fry the cubed potatoes if you want the vegetable to be extra crunchy. Add the potatoes after adding the spices. Mix and immediately add the methi. Use less oil.
  • Use thin skinned potatoes if you want to cook it with the skin.
  • Dhana jiru or coriander cumin powder is widely used in the Gujarati Cuisine. Take 1 part coriander seeds and ¼ part cumin seeds. Roast, cool and grind to a powder.
Keyword fenugreek potato vegetable, Gujarati style bateta methi nu shaak, methi bateta nu shaak


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  • Beena.stephy

    November 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Healthy dish

  • Shobha Keshwani

    March 13, 2022 at 1:33 am

    5 stars
    Nothing can beat this combo. We really love this sabzi. Actually anything with methi tastes so good. I make it almost the same way but skip the methi and mustard seeds. Sometimes I add tomato also.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 13, 2022 at 6:44 pm

      Thank you so much Shobha. I simply love methi and potato combination. I will try the recipe with a bit of tomato.

  • Archana

    March 14, 2022 at 8:04 am

    5 stars
    One of my favourites recipes! Methi and batata are awesome pair! I do not add methi seeds but must try it sounds delicious. Better make methi bateta shaak before the summer hits in full swing and we stop getting the fenugreek leaves.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 14, 2022 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you so much Archana, methi seeds add a lovely flavour. Enjoy the shaak when you make it.

  • Neha

    March 14, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    5 stars
    This happens to be one of my favorite recipe. I would love to try out this stir fry dry version of Methi Bateta nu Shaak. Planning to make this recipe and enjoy with roti. But before that I have 2-3 bundles of methi leaves lying in the fridge for cleaning and plucking.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 15, 2022 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks Neha, yes, the cleaning and plucking part of methi is a bit tedious. But once done, so delicious. Enjoy when you make the shaak.

  • Priya Vj

    March 15, 2022 at 9:50 am

    5 stars
    This methi batata combo is unmatched . I just love this and make it almost the same way sans the garlic ..learnt it from my mom and yes as you have rightly put it pairs well with hot rotis with ghee 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 15, 2022 at 2:53 pm

      Thank you so much Priya,sometimes I too make it without garlic and it tastes equally good.

  • Priya Srinivasan

    March 15, 2022 at 11:26 am

    5 stars
    Methi batatu nu shaak looks inviting mayuriji! That beautiful color is real tempting! i have always made a runny curry with this combination, dry subzi looks super delicious, i m definitely making this next time!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 15, 2022 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks Priya, we usually make it dry. There are other potato sabjis with a sauce where we add methi.

  • Mina Joshi

    March 16, 2022 at 5:01 am

    5 stars
    Your curry looks so delicious. it’s one of my favourite curries to have with rotis. You brought back memories of my mum and her East African style of cooking. You use all the basic aromatic spices and add the dhana jiru and methi at the end. And no tomatoes. Exactly like my mum’s cooking.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 17, 2022 at 11:12 pm

      Thank you so much Mina. We don’t over cook the methi as it then loses all the nutrients.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    March 16, 2022 at 6:04 am

    5 stars
    Alu Methi makes a lovely side dish with chapathi or phulka. This is different version, next time, will cook it with this recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 17, 2022 at 11:11 pm

      Thanks Jayashree, enjoy the shaak when you make it.

  • sizzlingtastebuds

    March 17, 2022 at 1:44 am

    5 stars
    the addition of methi dana here is fantastic. we love alu- methi sabji at home, so this is a must try when we get methi next time with this recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 17, 2022 at 11:09 pm

      Thanks Kalyani.

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