Fenugreek is widely used and found in all kitchens of India. Its seeds is used as spice whereas green leaves is used as vegetable. Sprouted microgreens are used in salads.
Fenugreek is known for its health benefits since ancient times in India and is also used as Herbal Medicine in Ancient Ayurveda. It is helpful in Vata & Kapha Disorders and also beneficial for lactating mothers as it improves breast milk.
It is also known as Samudra Methi in Maharashtra region because it is often grown near the sea in the sandy tracts. (Samudra=Ocean).
Apart from India, It is also widely used in Arab Culture since historic times. Its leaves is known as Shanbalile ( شنبلیله ) in Persia and is a major ingredient in Ghormeh Sabzi and eshkeneh, National dish of Iran.
Peasants in upper Egypt generously add fenugreek seeds and maize to their pita bread known as aish merahrah (their staple diet) Whereas in Turkey, its seeds are used for making paste known as cemen.
Jews settled in Yemen prepare a curry from fenugreek seeds, turmeric, lemon juice & hot spices which are eaten with sop daily. It is called Abesh in Ethiopia and used as herbal medicine for the treatment of Diabetes.
Fenugreek Recipe for Gastritis Relief :
- Take a teaspoon of fenugreek powder or half crushed seeds and add to a cup of buttermilk.
- Add a pinch of asafoetida, cumin seeds powder & Salt.
- Stir well & Consume.
Consume this healthy drink without filtering after meals to get relief from gastritis & Bloating. This remedy will also help to get relief from constipation as it is mildly laxative too.
Modern research has revealed that consumption of fenugreek sprouts being rich in Polysaccharide & 75% soluble fiber gives feeling of fullness which discourages over eating. Therefore Fenugreek is good for weight watchers too.
It is a rich source of antioxidants which counters free radicals that damage skin cells which can delay ageing signs like wrinkles, crow’s feet, fine lines and pigmentation.
How to Sprout Fenugreek :
Step 1 : Soak fenugreek seeds in water for 10-12 Hours.
Step 2 : Drain the water & tie the soaked seeds in a muslin cloth for 10-12 hours in warm place.
Sprouted seeds are ready for consumption.
Sprouted Fenugreek Seeds Curry
|Preparation time : 10 Minutes
Cooking time : 10 Minutes.
Serves : 2
1/2 cup Sprouted Fenugreek Seeds.
1/2 Cup Chopped Onion.
1/4 tea spoon red chilli powder.
1 green chilli finely chopped.
1/4 tea spoon mustard seeds.
1/4 tea spoon Cumin Seed.
1/4 tea spoon Asafoetida (Hing)
1/4 tea spoon Turmeric
5 Cloves Garlic crushed.
1 sprig Curry Leaves.
1 table spoon oil
1 table spoon lemon juice
Salt to taste.
Fenugreek benefits as per Ancient Texts of Ayurveda:
Medhya : मेथनि हिनस्ति रोगान्, मेदृ मेधा हिंसनयो: । It improves Intellect.
मेथनि हिनस्ति वातकफज्वरान् । : It reduces fever
Vatahara – useful in treating disorders of Vata Dosha imbalance such as neuralgia, paralysis, constipation, bloating, etc
Kaphahara – balances Kapha, useful in productive cough, asthma, bronchitis, chest congestion
Deepani दीपनी – अग्निं दीपयतीति । – Stimulates appetite & digestion
As per Ayurveda, Fenugreek seeds are useful in following conditions :-
Aruchi – anorexia
Prameha – Urinary tract disorders, type 2 diabetes mellitus
It reduces cholesterol and useful for obesity
Fenugreek benefits as per Modern Science :
Nutritionally, Fenugreek seeds are rich source of Carbohydrates, Protein, Vit. A & C, Iron, Calcium & Minerals in addition to good source of energy & roughage. Regular use of Fenugreek Seeds prevents constipation, stimulates liver and spleen, purifies blood.
It contains substance called Diosgenin which is used as raw material substance for making steroids in Medicines. It also have anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used for relieving pain.
It is found that consuming 10 grams of fenugreek seeds regularly reduces hyperglycemia in diabetes, triglycerides and serum cholesterol levels. It also helps to solve digestive disorders, numbness of the organs, anaemia, fever, bad breath, respiratory infections, mouth ulcers, dandruff and premature ageing.
Synonyms of Fenugreek as per morphology:
According to leaf:
Bahupathrika, Bahuparni – These terms indicate the compound leaf with more leaf lets.
Municchada – The compound leaf with its leaflets having similarity with Agasti leaf.
According to flower:
Mishrapushpa – flowers arranged in a bunch and they are beautiful.
According to seeds and fruits:
Bahubeeja – The fruit contain many seeds.
Gandhabeeja – Seeds posses distinct odour.
Gandhaphala – Fruits are having aroma.
Peethabeeja – Yellow colour seeds signifies the colour of Methika.
Kunchika – Morphological feature resembling the hilum
According to action:
Methika, Methi – Which improves ‘Medha’ or intellect.
Deepani – It increases the digestive power.
Bodhini – Bodha means Jnana. It improves the knowledge.
Jyothi – It improves the Pachakagni.
Sheethaveerya – Which is sheethaveerya.
Names in different languages:
Hindi name – Methi
English name – Fenugreek
Kannada name – Menthya, Menthe
Telugu name – Mentulu (seed), Mentikura (plant), Menthikoora
Malayalam name – Ventiyam, Vendiyam, Uluva
Punjabi name- Metha, Shamli, Methi, Methini
Bengali name – Methis, Methi – shak, Methuka
Gujarathi name – Methi, Methini, Bhaji
Marathi name – Methi
Oriya name – Methi
Tamil name – Venthaayam, Vendayam
Urdu name – Methi
So, Make sure that you consume atleast 10 grams of Fenugreek daily.