Botanical Name: Trigonella foenum graecum
- English: Kasuri Methi
- Ayurvedic: Methikaa, Methi, Vastikaa, Selu, Methini, Dipani, Bahupatrikaa, Bodhaini, Gandhaphala
- Unani: Hulbaa, Methi
- Also, known as: Methya, Menthya, Vendayam, Vendhayam, Menthulu, Uluva, Uluhaal, Methi, Shanbalileh, Shembalita, Hilbeh, Halba, Hulba, Halbah,Hu lu ba, Menthe, Mente, Uluva, Mendium, Ventaiyam, Mentulu, Methini, Griechisches Bockshorn, Fenugrec, Fieno Greco, fenegriek, Abish, Fenegriek, Fenugrec, Bockshornklee, Trigonella, Fieno Greco, Koruha, Fenu-guriku, Horopa, Penigurik, Aholva, Fenogreco
Habitat: South Asia and Southeastern Europe
Parts Used: Dried seeds
Trigonella foenum graecum an aromatic, 2-3 feet tall, annual herb, bearing trifoliate light green leaves with toothed margins and small white flowers cultivated throughout the India and also in the Middle East, North Africa and Egypt. It belongs to the Fabaceae family. The seedpods of this plant contain about 10 to 20 small, yellowish-brown, aromatic, and pungent seeds. These leaves have a much milder flavor than the seeds, tasting somewhat like a blend of fennel and celery.
It is an essential part of Indian spices and used in food not only for enhancing the taste of the food, but it also provides some preventive health benefits. Fenugreek seeds are most commonly used as medicine in Ayurveda as well folk medicine. Fenugreek Seeds are indicated in most of the diseases, but the Fenugreek leaves are commonly used as food additive. Fenugreek has been grown since ancient times for food medicinal purposes. It is an important spice and pulse in Ethiopia, the Middle East, China, and India. There are the different form of these products which are methi means seeds, sag methi means fresh leaves and kasuri methi means dried leaves.
Fenugreek is used mainly as a spice. Roasted and ground seeds are ingredients of pickles, chutneys, spice mixtures and curry powders. Fenugreek leaves are an important spice in Indian cuisine and can be found in yeast bread called methi naan. Try mashing the leaves and sprinkling them over curries and dry vegetable dishes just before serving for an unforgettable flavor. The raw Fenugreek seeds have a bitter taste. However, they offer a more pleasant taste when cooked. The dried and ground seeds and dried leaves of fenugreek also known as kasuri methi are the most commonly used parts of this plant in cooking as a spice and a flavoring agent.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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