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Shrimp Stir Fry With Scallions and Fenugreek Leaves

Cooking with fenugreek leaves-dried or fresh is very popular in India.Infact the typical taste of butter chicken or tandoori chicken is incomplete without dried fenugreek leaves[kasuri methi].Fenugreek seeds are used for tempering lot of dry and wet curries for a typical flavor.Fresh fenugreek leaves are clover shaped and taste slightly bitter [if fully mature].They add a great typical piquant, bitter flavor to curries. You will easily find frozen or fresh fenugreek [methi] leaves in any of the indian store.If looking for a substitute, chopped fresh watercress or celery leaves come close because they also have a biting taste.

Recipe adapted from cookbook, “50 great curries of India”

Ingredients: [Serves 3-4]

  • 14 oz uncooked large shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder [adjust to taste]
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1 fat garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 ” fresh ginger shoot, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp oil [sesame/olive or any flavored oil]
  • 2 green chillies [finely chopped]
  • 1 cup chopped scallions,white and green scallion parts,separated
  • 1/4 cup fresh fenugreek leaves,finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped [or parsely]
  • salt to taste


  • Marinate the cleaned, uncooked shrimp in 1/2 tsp turmeric,1 tbsp fresh lime juice,1 tsp red chilli powder and 1/4 tsp salt for about 15 minutes, refrigerated.
  • Meanwhile,take a wide-mouthed cooking pan/wok/kadhai and put it on low heat.Add the oil along with garlic to the wok and let the oil heat up slowly.The idea is to flavor the oil with garlic.About 3 minutes.
  • Once garlic is crisp,turn up the heat to high and add the white chopped scallions.Saute for about 1 minute and add the chopped ginger and green chillies.
  • Next, add the chopped fenugreek leaves , green scallions along with rest of the turmeric and chilli powder.Saute on high heat for about 2 minutes till leaves start to wilt.
  • Just when about to serve: Add the marinated shrimps [along with the marinade],and cilantro leaves, toss on high heat for about 4 minutes, until the shrimp is cooked.Take care not to over cook the shrimp.Check the salt in the dish at this point and adjust.
  • Squirt some fresh lime juice and serve warm with steamed white rice.


  • Adjust the quantity of fenugreek leaves depending on how bitter they are.
  • To reduce the bitterness of fenugreek leaves, rub whole leaves with little salt and let salt for half n hour, wash the salt away, bitterness will reduce.
  • Another tip which my mom told me was that fenugreek leaves if cooked and left uncovered for 1-2 hours.
  • The cooking time will vary depending upon the size of shrimps that you use.I used large shrimps.


53 thoughts on “Shrimp Stir Fry With Scallions and Fenugreek Leaves

  1. Oh my! You are so honest… I am still laughing about your cousin, I know I should not be! I guess she is not reading the blog πŸ˜‰
    The dish looks beautiful! Never heard of those greens… have to ask my Indian friends here where to get it.
    Loved your site. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. If we come to Vegas sometime, I promise I won’t stop by at lunch time unexpectedly when you are on your way out to the movies! πŸ™‚

  2. Dear Tanvi
    How are you?
    I thoroughly enjoyed the writing on visitors. you said rightly , a balancing is needed (between, good, the bad and the ugly ha ha )
    Stir frying is a good way to vent anger , so whenever I am upset or angry ( including with myself) I do …stir frying
    Very nice recipe indeed… will try as soon as I am back to kitchen and blogging
    have a nice weekend

  3. Hey Tanvi,

    Nice to know your nature. And happy to know that someone with my nature also exists and how. I too can’t take non-sense from anyone and quite “bad mouthed” (people close to me think so) at that. I am a very straight forward person and I like to be the way I am. I am not the kind who’ll sing fake praises or say something’s is good even when it’s not. I hate hypocricy. I am always good to people as long as they are good to me. But if I dislike someone, then it’s almost next to impossible for me to even act being nice. That’s how I am made too!!! Cheers.

    Nice to know you Tanvi.


  4. Tanvi First thing i want to know does ‘she’ follow your blog ;-)? Really sometimes we have to wear mask just to avoid unpleasant things. Your dish looks superb.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. Haha. That was funny about your cousin you can’t stand—and yet still you allowed them to come over! At least your dish looks amazing and makes me miss shrimp! It’s so robust!

  6. When fresh – you must mean dried, right? I have them in the big yellow and green box. What a story. I laughed my way through your post. I recall those kinds of feelings much earlier in my life. One wonderful thing about getting older is that people that that don’t bother you anymore. It is more fun to spoil them rotten than to give it back. So much more pleasure that stooping to their level. Try it next time. And, don’t sweat such stuff. It is small in the scheme of things, and will only prematurely age you – and goodness, we don’t want that, do we?!
    Great looking recipe!
    Big hug,

  7. I totally agree with u dear… i cant treat them nicely if they insult me once…
    coming to the dish.. this is easy to whip up and delicious to eat πŸ™‚

  8. Omg, ur cuz sure sounds like pain πŸ™‚
    But honestly u whipped up a delight here for her:-)are u secretly hoping she reads this too?LOL!
    I lovee cooking with fenugreek too , infact i sprout my own and have a little new crop at the moment and might be making tandoori chicken today , with or without the tikka masala:-)
    Good combis, great flavors!

  9. Loved ur attitude, am a straight forward person too that brings loads of problems eventhough i never put down my character..Cant change peoples na..

    Ur shrimp curry makes me drool..never tried adding methi leaves in shrimp curry, thanks for sharing Tanvi..

  10. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post of yours Tanvi. I know how you feel because that’s the way I am. Whatever’s going on inside me shows on my face. We really get into big time trouble with this kind of nature don’t we. People just don’t seem to understand our tranparency πŸ˜‰

    Coming to the recipe, I would love to try this in a veggie version. And I really loved the bowls. It has given a very warm look to the photographs πŸ™‚

  11. Wow.. Although I am not big on shrimp but this is going to change my mind, Love the combonation of all the flavours.

    Have a great weekend.

  12. I hate ppl like that. I try to stay away, but at the same time, if they are in my house I am welcoming. Not that I kiss their ass, but I just don’t go outta my way like I normally would. Great looking dish btw. Glad you got it off your chest.

  13. Lovely pic, Tanvi, it looks like out of a cookbook! And yes, I could relate to you-I’ve gotten into more trouble for being a “transparent” person than I care to relate! Somehow, its the people who can manipulate and act and pretend that are appreciated. Many times I’ve left awestruck as to how others can’t see through the act when it’s so clear to me…people like us will need to be in another utopian world to be able to survive!!!! Good luck and I’m glad you got it off your chest…:-)..

  14. I love the flavour of fenugreek leaves….the only trouble is my house smeels real bad and it’s so hard to get rid of it…and the smell from our hands as well!

  15. LOL at your story. I’m sure this cousin of your’s is following your blog and wanted to try the wonderful recipes you cook:)
    Love this simple recipe with shrimp. It has all the wonderful flavors.
    You know what, I should stop bookmarking recipes from you site. I better bookmark the site. Every recipe is worth trying.
    And you are getting really good with your photography too. Way to go girl!

  16. I’m curious to know what your cousin had to say when she tasted your stir-fry shrimp πŸ™‚ Hope your hospitality made her feel bad about the lack of hers! LOL! Jokes apart – this is such a simple recipe! I also love the way you’ve described how fenugreek greens are used and their flavor. Great post!

  17. ha ha girl are sure this is not going to reach her? I know such people and they can be very annoying. I have a straight funda about this- Stay away from people I don’t like! Its difficult to do but I stay amicable far far from relatives I don’t like. Its better for them and for peace of my mind.

    This looks delicious Tanvi – I love shrimps – M not so much so I make it only when I have dinner to myself πŸ™‚

  18. Tanvi, me and you are alike. I can not hide my emotions. I have gotten a lot better doing it over the years but honestly, I really don’t want to lol. I wear my heart on my sleeve. Now on to this shrimp, superb! This looks so yummy. I’ve never cooked with Fenugreek Leaves so this will be a new challenge for me but I am up for it. I hope you are feeling better :).

  19. I am a straightforward person too. I cannot hide my feelings and I believe they are written all over my face. I have suffered a lot for this but it is very difficult if not impossible to change it. This stir fry looks fantastic Tanvi!

  20. Wow Tanvi, you really got ‘that cousin’ off your chest – high fives SistA πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ You did extremely well even being able to whip up any such meal….. think I would have decided to go out for dinner & not invite them…, but then…., that’s just the sort of gal I am πŸ™‚

  21. we all have those times with relatives but in the end it all works out I have had difficulties over time esp cultural but I love them so its ok but i hear ya its hard wonderful dish Tanvi

  22. I think there is NOTHING worse than an ungrateful house guest! I’m so sorry you had to deal with all that. At least you had this delicious dish to comfort you!

  23. hey tanvi… I’m a new kid on the food blog block. Have been visiting your blog often but don’t think I’ve commented till date.
    I can totally understand how you feel and I’m totally like you. What I feel shows on my face and I just don’t know how to hide. I give people maybe about 3-4 chances to change their ways…after which I burst out! And like you said…then the person needs to do something out of the ordinary to get back on my good books! My husband too is the opposite of me and he has mellowed me down that I now give maybe a little more time and am more patient. And if it’s relatives that drives me crazy..then God save my poor husband !! πŸ™‚
    Do visit my blog I’ve got an award waiting for you. Do collect πŸ™‚

  24. Wow! I love this post and am happy to discover the great lady behind this blog!
    I believe that being a straightforward person is a great quality. Why should we have to waste time, energy and ultimately: our health with unpleasant, nasty people? They do not worth it.
    Btw, your shrimps look awesome! I can never have enough of fenugreek! just had fenugreek sprouts in my lunch today πŸ˜€

  25. u can whip that up in 15 minutes? geez superwoman! haha the dish looking amazing and so aromatic!

    it sucks to be mistreated when you’re a guest. just all round awkwardness and ruins your trip! πŸ™

  26. Every family has at least one, right? That is one beautiful dish you served up. Those shrimp look just gorgeous in there! Be careful, if you keep making such beautiful dishes, people will be lining up at your door to “pop in” on you! πŸ™‚

  27. Tanvi, like you I am very transparent, and cannot hide my feelings, and sure many times I am in trouble because of that πŸ™‚
    Your shrimps look fabulous…with this dish you better have more rice to go with it πŸ˜‰

  28. U re right every family as a specimen πŸ™‚ Why don’t someone forward this post to ur cousin, at least they will know what u and even ur visitors think? After having this kind of delicious lunch- she probably would have think , the way she treated you!
    I love ur shrimp!

  29. haha I am quite diplomatic in nature, as in I will be as nice as possible to the person I want to strangle, then run away fast lol.

    Love this shrimp stir-fry! I haven’t seen fenugreek around here much, will try to source some!

  30. Where did my comment go?? Anyway, I hope it won’t show up twice – I think this dish looks amazing. I love the colors and the flavors sound amazing. It’s been way too long since I had shrimp – I can’t wait to try this recipe myself!

  31. Tanvi,

    thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous recipe! I always come to for my special recipes. I’m having an Indian food fest with friends this weekend and am thrilled to find a spicy shrimp dish that looks beautiful. Don’t you love going somewhere where your host spoils you? I had that happen not too long ago, it was so nice for someone to fuss over me like I fuss over my own guests. It’s the little things that count. I hope that happens for you soon! Thanks again, Nan

    1. Thanks for the Kind comment Nan! I hope you like the recipe.I agree with you.Relationships are bi ended..and thats the beauty of them!

  32. Shrimp Stir Fry With Scallions and Fenugreek Leaves : This looks really delicious, and yeah, I’m sure most people can relate to your unwanted guest isssue. Great piece of blogging with suberb photographs. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe (not that I’ll probably attempt it).

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