Fenugreek contains a wide variety of beneficial nutrients like iron, magnesium, manganese, and copper, as well as vitamin B6, protein, and dietary fiber. Fenugreek also contains a number of powerful phytonutrients, including choline, trigonelline, yamogenin, gitogenin, diosgenin, tigogenin and neotigogens.
In my previous posts , I have mentioned that Methi is not native to India but it was brought to us from the East !! Still , it has reached the spice cabinets of almost all household in India. Dried Fenugreek / Methi leaves and seeds are both used as spice in Indian kitchen. Fresh leaves are dried and sometime powdered to give that “Umami ” flavour to curries and dals. Seeds are used in tempering. Fresh leaves are not left too far behind as well. This brings me to our main topic of discussion.
“Why should Methi form a part of your everyday diet in some form or the other”?
Seven Reason are
1. Lowers Cholesterol
You read it right !!
Fenugreek seeds contain compounds known as steroidal saponins that inhibit both cholesterol absorption in the intestines and cholesterol production by the liver. It is also know to increase HDL ( good cholesterol).
2. Lowers Triglycerides !!
Yes .. Yes… You read it right again !!
Fenugreek has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with high lipid levels. There by helping people suffering from fatty liver disease.
3. Lowers blood Sugar
Believe it !! Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fiber, which helps lower blood sugar by slowing down carbohydrate digestion and absorption. It stimulates insulin production and helps keep blood sugar in check.
4. Alleviates Constipation
Fenugreek is a mild bulk-forming laxative that’s best suited for long-term use in people with constipation. The laxatives most frequently used world-wide come from plants. Herbal laxatives are either bulk-forming or stimulating. Bulk-forming laxatives that come from plants with a high fiber and mucilage content expand when they come in contact with water ; examples include flaxseed, and fenugreek. As the volume in the bowel increases, a reflex muscular contraction occurs, stimulating a bowel movement.
5. Increased Lactation
Fenugreek is a herbal galactagogue used to increase milk production in lactating mommies. Some claim to have seen a miraculous increase in supply within 24 to 48 hrs of taking Methi seeds in their diet.
6. Glowing Blemish Free Skin
Fenugreek has its own natural oils , fats and mucus which helps hydrate, moisturizer and soften skin when applied as a face pack.
7. Hair Tonic
Fenugreek mask made from fresh leaves or seeds powdered and mixed with coconut milk or curd when applied regularly on hair helps ride of dandruff, reduces or stops hair fall and makes your hair healthy and glowy. It is known to stimulate hair growth with prolonged regular use. It also miraculous reduces greys.
Although there are many more benefits of using fenugreek in our diet, it is strongly recommended that you should take the advice of a doctor before using fenugreek for treating any ailment or medical condition.
A super food such as this should definitely be part of your breakfast or snack ! My favourite all time go to snack /breakfast recipe is now yours to adapt and experiment.
Methi Thepla / Paratha
1 cup fresh chopped Methi leaves
1 1/2 cup whole wheat chapati atta
1/2 cup fresh yoghurt
2 TSP garlic minced , optional
1 TSP green ginger garlic paste
1 TSP sugar, optional
1/4 TSP red chilli powder
1 TSP turmeric powder
1/2 TSP asafoetida / Hong
Salt to taste ( add lesser then you would.. Methi picks salt quickly and you will end up with salty parathas)
3 TSP oil and more while cooking
1. Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl and knead a pliable dough but not too soft. Methi will keep releasing it’s water
2. Make small balls of dough. As per your preference and roll them flat on a rolling board.
3. Heat a griddle and place the rolled flat Thepla or Paratha. Flip the Paratha when brown spots appear on it. Take some oil and cook the Paratha from both sides. Serve hot with curd or green chutney.