What are fenugreek leaves?
Fenugreek leaves are an important ingredient in cooking. Fresh leaves are always recommended by doctors and nutritionists. The leaves are used in dried format, called Kasuri methi. It has an earthy and sweet aroma. Let’s do a detailed study of fenugreek leaves and their benefits:
Ways of using Fenugreek leaves:
- Blanched fenugreek leaves
Boil some water, immerse the leaves in boiling water for 30 seconds and drop them in cold water. Remove the leaves from the water and strain them. This process reduces the cooking time of your dish.
- Chopped fenugreek leaves
Remove the leaves from the stem and store them in a zip lock pouch in your refrigerator. The leaves stay fresh for 5-7 days. The leaves can be added and cooked as per your taste.
Benefits of Fenugreek leaves:
- Good for skin: It is a very useful ingredient to be used in a face mask to reduce blemishes and dark spots caused due to acne. It keeps the facial skin pores germ-free. This acts as a good moisturizer. You get soft and brighten skin. The paste of fenugreek leaves helps to keep skin wrinkle-free to some extent.
- Good for Hair: It nurtures hair growth. The leaves reduce dryness of the scalp which lessens dandruff. The hair starts glowing. It reduces hair fall. This is a good hair mask. Methi can be applied as a paste or added to the oil and boiled.
- It helps in controlling weight as it has low calorie: It is low in calories and rich in soluble fiber. Methi gives full satisfaction for a longer time. This is excellent for digestion. The leaves are rich in antioxidants and have a high nutritional value. It boosts up the metabolism of the body and burns fat.
- Improves Bone Health: Methi is rich in vitamin K which is best for bone metabolism. It has calcium which is an important mineral to strengthen bones.
- Controls Diabetes and Cholesterol: It is very helpful in reducing cholesterol levels and managing blood sugar levels by absorbing sugar in the body. The leaves have an anti-diabetic property called amino acid which helps to control diabetes. It lowers the bad cholesterol levels and triglycerides which in turn helps to boost good cholesterol.
How to consume Fenugreek leaves?
Fenugreek leaves can be eaten by preparing a variety of recipes, to name a few:
- Methi: paratha, thepla, Missi roti, khakhra, puri, muthia, etc in bread form
- Fenugreek: Matar Malai, aloo, paneer, aloo gobi, mushroom bhaji, etc in vegetable form
- Rice or dal, chole with methi in it
- Other items with the leaves: pakora, mathri, palak khaman, corn kebab