Fenugreek Leaves, Methi Leaves
Of all the green leafy vegetables available in India, fenugreek or methi is perhaps the most distinctively flavoured. While it has many culinary uses, this herb-plant is also a very effective natural remedy for many ailments, and has long been used in myriad home remedies.
Fenugreek leaves of two types are extensively cultivated in India: the commonly used larger variety, with dark green, oval-shaped and mildly bitter leaves; and the smaller variety with white roots and small green leaves, which is more prevalent in South India and known as menthya/ venthiya keerai, etc. Dried fenugreek leaves, known as kasuri methi, are used as a flavouring agent in numerous North Indian dishes, especially in Kashmiri cuisine.
7 Health Benefits of having Fenugreek Leaves (Methi Leaves)
1. Strong Antioxidant
Being enriched with antioxidants, beta carotene and vitamin C , it helps to build body’s immune system to fight against common diseases.
2. Iron Rich
Fenugreek leaves are a good source of iron and calcium .
3. Good source of Soluble Fibre
Methi abounds in galactomannan, a natural soluble fiber present in fenugreek slows down the rate of sugar absorption into blood.
4. Stimulates Breast Milk Production
According to Ayurveda, methi is rich in diosgenin stimulates production of milk in lactating mothers, and helps induce childbirth. Both the seeds and leaves work as excellent galactagogues to stimulate breast milk production.
5. Treats Indigestion
It has also been used to treat indigestion and flatulence.
6. Good for Heart
Fenugreek also has known to improve heart health. It contains a good amount of soluble fiber, which increases reduces the bad cholesterol (LDL) which in turn can prevent atherosclerosis and heart attaches or strokes.
7. Prevents Anemia
Fenugreek leaves are very good for blood formation from adolescent girls to pregnant mothers and helps reduce the risk of anemia.
14 super healthy Recipes with Methi Leaves
We have given you a lovely collection of Indian recipes using Fenugreek Leaves. There are dals from Methiche Varan to be had with Methi Ki Missi Roti. There is the Gujrati snack Palak Methi Muthia and the use of healthy soya in making Soya Methi Garlic Naan. For a healthy sumptous whole wheat wrap with moong try Methi Moong Sprouts wrap.
6 Culinary Uses of Fenugreek Leaves
While many people love the bitter-strong taste of methi, others find it too bitter. To remove the bitterness, sprinkle salt over the leaves and squeeze out the water before using them. Dry-roast kasuri methi before use to enhance its flavour.
Here are some ideas to enrich your daily diet with methi:
1. Use methi to make snacks like Bajra Methi Khakhras, Methi Muthias, methi tikkis, dhoklas, etc. These are wonderful Accompaniments to tea and coffee.
2. Methi leaves can be used in delicious vegetable recipes like Methi chi Patal Bhaji, Methi Mutter Malai , and Paneer Methi Chaman , a delicious Punjabi delicacy.
3. Add finely chopped methi leaves to your regular dal or sambhar.
4. Add methi leaves to Parathas or Theplas and enjoy them with a bowl of curds for breakfast.
5. Toss some methi leaves into rice with a little corn for a crunchy, tasty corn methi pulao.
6. Kasuri methi can be used as an alternative to regular methi. Soak the kasuri methi in water for some time and then use.