I didn’t know methi leaves existed until I got married. My husband would not stop raving about methi and lamb curry. So one day, I googled it and chanced upon a few instructional videos / blogs on growing methi.
It’s incredibly easy, even if you have a black thumb, you’d probably get a lush tray of methi going. I use a perlite mix in aluminium disposable trays.
I puncture 2 holes in the bottom of the tray and line it with a wet kitchen paper towel. Perlite mix or soil goes in, sprinkle methi seeds generously and then cover loosely with a thin layer of perlite or soil. Water and watch them grow!
You could just as easily use potting mix. I’ve tried them both with similar results. I just find the perlite easier to wash off the methi and always have perlite on hand.
I’ve also had much success growing them in reusable shopping bags. I follow the same process, cut 2 holes in the bottom of the bag, line with wet kitchen paper, and use either soil or perlite.
Finally, here’s a picture of methi growing in my hydroponic set-up. I use Autopot, which is a system available here in Melbourne – http://www.autopot.com.au for more info. I’ll also be writing up a post on my little autopot garden, so stay tuned!
Any excess methi is easily frozen. Harvest, wash, cut and freeze in aluminium foil, and then bag it in ziplock bags.