If there is one ingredient in the Indian household’s spice box that one doesn’t like, then it is the fenugreek. Fenugreek or methi is a bitter ingredient added to food items for flavour. That is the seed’s job. However, fenugreek leaves are extremely delicious and are a spice that gives out an aromatic flavour when used in food preparation. This initially originated from the Mediterranean region. Dry fenugreek herbs are extremely delicious when used as a garnish in gravies.
Fenugreek is otherwise called as Fenogreco or Methi in the native language is one of the most commonly used herbs in India. Fenugreek gives out a good aroma when cooked and the leaves are used as a vegetable and are consumed like that of spinach in India. There are various dishes that use methi.
If you are looking to make some Indian recipes with methi, here are a few:
Flatbread is often made plain. But did you know that by adding dry fenugreek leaves you are making the dish more delicious.
Fresh methi leaves can be used to make dal. It is highly nutritious and is also packed with goodness of lentils. You can take this with flatbreads or even eat with rice.
If you are longing to make some healthy evening snacks, then you must try making some methi pakora. This crispy snack is sure to make you go head over heels.
Fenugreek in any form is a useful ingredient. Be it leaf or the seeds or powdered or even the dried leaves. Methi has various cosmetic and other health benefits. Keep reading to know more.
Although fenugreek leaves have a distinctive flavour, they are a great source for Vitamins K, C, A and B-Complex. They are also rich in calcium. Fenugreek leaves grow in two different forms – one that looks almost like any other leafy-green vegetable but another variety that grows smaller and has white roots.One cup of these leaves are great for those looking to reduce calorie intake. A cup of fenugreek leaves have only 13 calories. It makes you full that you will refrain from catching up with that extra food off the counter.
Rich in Beta Carotene and Vitamin C, fenugreek leaves are great in building the immune system and help fight common flu.
The Vitamin K present in methi is a great source to boost bone metabolism. Bone metabolism is a process where the old bone tissue is replaced by a new one which aids in faster healing when hurt.
Methi has an abundance of calcium which makes bones strong.
- Fenugreek herb is used in the food and is a great source to treat diabetes. Fenugreek can help lower diabetes levels in the body. Consuming fenugreek in an empty stomach is proved to be beneficial. The fibres and chemicals available in the seeds slow down the absorption of sugar and carbohydrates into the body.
- Fenugreek is great to reduce menstrual cramps. Consuming a spoon of fenugreek in the first three days of the menstrual cycle has proven to reduce menstrual cramps to a great extent.
- Methi leaves are great to instigate proper digestion. They aid weight loss by helping in proper bowel movement. A good bowel movement means a good internal system that will give you a clean gut.
- It so happens that one encounters frequent mouth ulcers due to various reasons like stress and anxiety. Methi leaves can be used to cure this. Boil a hand full of these leaves in water, strain it and gargle for immediate relief.
- LDL or bad cholesterol is in most foods and is indeed difficult to get rid of. Methi helps reduce this and also helps improve heart health in that process.
- RBCs and WBCs are extremely important for one’s body and methi helps in this. The folates present in the leaves nourishes and multiplies the count of RBC and WBCs. By doing so, it prevents anaemia.
- Methi is also a great source for iron that is important to be present in hemoglobin to carry oxygen to the heart.
One tablespoon of fenugreek is said to have the following benefits:
Fenugreek For Skin
- Fenugreek has properties that can reduce dark spots. Boil some fenugreek and soak it overnight in water. Grind it to a paste and apply on your blemish.
- Methi has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can keep skin pores free of germs.
- Applying fenugreek paste can also help soften your skin by removing dead cells and dry skin.
Besides, methi also has immense goodness in helping you have a nourished and healthy hair. Soaked fenugreek seeds are great in moisturizing and pampering your rough and unmanageable hair. It also gives essential nutrients that aid in healthy growth of hair.
Methi is an amazing herb that can do wonders. Are there any DIYs that you do using meth for your skin, hair or body to improve its health?
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