Fenugreek leaves or methi leaves are one of the most widely used green leafy vegetables.The word “Fenugreek” is said to have been derived from the Latin language and literally means “Greek hay”.Fenugreek has been used in Chinese medicines to treat skin conditions and many other diseases.It can also be found in soaps and shampoo.
Fenugreek leaves are rich in fiber and have high amounts of Vitamins and minerals.The following are the nutritional facts of Fenugreek leaves per 100 gm serving.
Health benefits of fenugreek leaves:
1.Treats bowel issues:
Any poor liver functioning along with any gastric issues and intestinal problems can be treated with the consumption of some fenugreek leaves in the diet.
Fenugreek leaves can be used for mouth freshener.This is not only effective but also natural and free from all sorts of chemical-based mouthwashes.
3.Cures respiratory problems:
Any kind of allergies or congestion in the respiratory tract can be easily cured with the use of fenugreek leaves.
4.Keeps cholesterol under control:
The fenugreek leaves have a high capacity level for lowering the bad cholesterol in the body.Along with reducing the LDL and triglycerides in the body,it helps in increasing the good cholesterol to keep various heart problems and diseases away.
5.It helps to control diabetes:
The anti-diabetic element in fenugreek leaves is similar to cinnamon and it helps in controlling the levels of glucose metabolism in the right manner.Type II diabetes can also be treated through consumption of fenugreek leaves.Doctors recommend consumption of fenugreek leaves either int he form of curries or dal.
6.Reduction of blemishes:
Skin marks,blemishes,stubborn spots and any other marks on the face can be treated with the use of fenugreek leaves.
Fenugreek with lemon and honey combined is a good home remedy for bringing down the high temperature.We can also include fenugreek seeds,lemon juice and honey in green tea to get the same outcomes.Not only does this tea help in bringing the temperature down,but also offer a soothing relief from digestive disorders like constipation and bloating.
8.Deals with heart problems:
Dealing with heart problems is one of the best benefits of fenugreek leaves.These leaves can balance the blood liquid levels and makes your heart healthier.It also assist in lowering the LDL levels,blood clotting.
9.Assist in weight loss:
On of the most popular uses of methi leaves in its application of weight loss.One can just chew the soaked methi leaves and reduce a substantial amount of weight within a very short period of time.’
10.Fenugreek leaves for baldness:
Nowadays,baldness is the most common problem of women and men.Dealing with baldness,fenugreek leaves are very effective to treat the hair loss problem and stops baldness.It can stimulate hair follicles and help in stimulating the roots.
Side Effects Of fenugreek leaves:
1.The bitter taste of fenugreek may trigger nausea or vomiting.
2.Certain people may be allergic to fenugreek leaves,which may cause rashes and itching.
3.Methi leaves tea may induce pre-matured labour.So it is better not to consume in the early stages of pregnancy.
Fun facts of fenugreek leaves:
1.Fenugreek is also called as Greek hay.
2.Roasted fenugreek seed can be used as a substitute for coffee.
3.Dried fenugreek leaves can be used as natural insect repellent.
How to buy and store fenugreek leaves?
1.Cut the stems of the methi first.Otherwise the soil remaining on the roots and the stem will cause the methi to become soggy and smelly.
2.Store it in an airtight container in the fridge,so that it will not absorb any moisture.
3.It will last for three to four days.
4.If wrapped in a newspaper,it will last for up to a week.
North Indian Dish:
Methi mutter malai :
Methi and mutter are a super-hit combination as their flavors complement each other well.
Energy 258 calories
Protein 6.3 g
Cholesterol 10 mg
For Methi mutter malai:
1.2 cups chopped fenugreek leaves.
2.3/4 cup boiled green peas
3.Salt to taste
4.3 tbsp oil
5.1/2 tsp cumin seeds
6.1/2 cup finely chopped onions
7.1/2 cup fresh tomato pulp
8.1 1/4 cups milk
9.1/2 tsp sugar
10.2 tbsp fresh cream
11.2 tbsp masala powder
1.1/4 cup roughly chopped onions
2.2 green chillies,roughly chopped
3.1/2 tsp finely chopped ginger
4.3 garlic cloves
5.1 tbsp broken cashew nuts
6.2 tsp poppy seeds
1.Wash the fenugreek leaves,sprinkle 1/2 tsp of salt and keep aside for 15 minutes.Squeeze out the water and discard it.
2.Heat the oil in the pan,add the cumin seeds.
3.When the seeds crackle,add the fenugreek leaves and saute on a medium flame for 3 minutes.Remove the fenugreek leaves and keep aside.
4.Add the remaining 1tbsp of oil in the same pan,add the onions and saute on a medium flame for about 2 minutes.
5.Add the prepared paste ,water and saute on a medium flame for about 2 minutes.
6.Add the tomato pulp and masala powder.Mix well and cook on a medium flame for about 1 to 2 minutes.
7.Add the green peas,sauteed fenugreek,milk,sugar,salt and fresh cream.Cook on a medium flame for about 2 minutes.
South Indian Dish:
1.1 cup toar dal washed and rinsed.
2.2 cloves garlic
3.1 finely chopped green chilli
4.1 tbsp ghee
5.1/2 tsp mustard seeds
6.1/2 tsp cumin seeds
7.Pinch of asafoetida
8.1/4 tsp turmeric powder
9.1/4 tsp red chilli powder
10.1/2 tsp jaggery
11.1/2 tsp tamarind
12.1/2 tsp masala powder
13.Salt to taste
14.1 cup of fresh methi leaves washed and drained.
1.Wash and drain the dal.
2.Add sufficient water and pressure cook the dal for 3 whistles.
3.Wait until the pressure gets released.
4.Heat the ghee,add the cumin seeds and let then splutter
5.Add the turmeric and red chilli powder
6.Add the green chillies,garlic and fenugreek leaves.
7.Add water and boil it until the leaves becomes soft.
8.Add the dal and asafoetida.
9.Mix well and add a cup of water
10.Add the jaggery,tamarind,garam masala,salt.