9 Ways to Use your Fenugreek

by | May 21, 2021



1. Garam Masala: There are many versions of this classic blend of Indian spices, but adding ground fenugreek seeds provides a harmonious balance of taste with cinnamon, bay leaves, cardamom, cumin, coriander, black pepper, cloves, and mace (from nutmeg). It is recommended to add at the end of cooking to preserve nutrients. They can also be used in other Indian dishes like curries, lentils and soup. Store spice mixture in an airtight container, in a dark, cool place.

2. Niter Kibbeh: An Ethiopian clarified butter (similar to ghee), seasoned with aromatics and spices like fenugreek, cardamom, cumin seeds, and cinnamon. Use it in stews, braised vegetables, and sauteed meat dishes.

3. Aloo Methi (Indian Curry): A traditional Indian potato curry with cumin, red chilies, turmeric, fenugreek, and coriander. Fenugreek leaves are chopped and added to the sauteed potato mixture at the very end and served alongside rotis or rice.

4. Methi Dal (Fenugreek Dal Stew): An Indian dal stew with cumin, chilies, toor dal (pigeon peas), turmeric, garam masala, and sauteed fenugreek leaves. Serve with your choice of sides (roti, naan, or jasmine rice.)

5. Methi Paneer: Paneer curry combined with pureed spinach and bitter hints of fresh fenugreek leaves. This makes a great side dish served with rotis, naan, or parathas.

6. Berbere (Ethiopian Spice Rub): Berbere is a chile and spice blend used to season many Ethiopian dishes. It contains ground fenugreek, chiles, paprika, ginger, onion powder, cardamom, coriander, nutmeg, garlic, cloves, and cinnamon. Use this spice mix to season barbecued ribs, chicken, and pork dishes.

7. Methi Chutney (Fenugreek Leaf Chutney): Indian chutney made with fenugreek leaves, red chilies, tamarind, jaggery, garlic, and spices. The bitterness in the leaves is well-balanced with the sweet, sour, and spicy ingredients in the dish. Serve methi chutney with paratha, roti, or dosa.

8. Sprouted Fenugreek Salad: Sprouted fenugreek seeds are mildly bitter in taste and boast a refreshing crunch and even more health benefits. They are home to B vitamins including thiamin, folic acid, riboflavin, pyridoxine. They are rich in vitamin A and C and dense in minerals including as iron, potassium, calcium, selenium, copper, zinc, manganese and magnesium. Tip: Try topping off your favourite salad or soup with a bunch of these healthy sprouts.

9. Lactation Herbal Tea: Fenugreek has been used in herbal medicine for thousands of years, it is nature’s most popular herb for supporting healthy breast milk production and increases supply. Blended fenugreek, cinnamon, fennel, nettle leaf, red raspberry leaf, and dandelion for a caffeine-free tea that offers a delicious moment of relaxation for nursing mothers.

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