Methi Aloo

Methi AlooMethi Aloo

Botanical Name:  Trigonella foenum-graecum
Common Name:  Fenugreek
Hindi : Methi
Sanskrit : Medhika, Chandrika
Tamil: Vendhyam

Fenugreek (/ˈfɛnjʉɡrk/; Trigonella foenum-graecum) is an annual plant in the family Fabaceae, with leaves consisting of three small ob ovate to oblong leaflets. It is cultivated worldwide as a semiarid crop, and its seeds are a common ingredient in dishes from the Indian Subcontinent in South Asia. Major fenugreek-producing countries are Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iran, Nepal, Bangladesh, Argentina, Egypt, France, Spain, Turkey, and Morocco. The largest producer is India, where the major producing states are Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, and Punjab. Rajasthan accounts for over 80% of India’s output.

Use

Fenugreek is used as a herb (dried or fresh leaves), spice (seeds), and vegetable (fresh leaves, sprouts, and microgreens). Sotolon is the chemical responsible for fenugreek’s distinctive sweet smell.

In India Methi Ghatia Snack is made out of lentils and fenugreek seeds.

Cuboid-shaped, yellow- to amber-colored fenugreek seeds are frequently encountered in the cuisines of the Indian Subcontinent, used both whole and powdered in the preparation of pickles, vegetable dishes, daals, and spice mixes such as panch phoron and sambar powder. They are often roasted to reduce bitterness and enhance flavor.

Fresh fenugreek leaves are an ingredient in some Indian curries. Sprouted seeds and microgreens are used in salads. When harvested as microgreens, fenugreek is known as samudra methi in Maharashtra, especially in and around Mumbai, where it is often grown near the sea in the sandy tracts, hence the name samudra, “ocean” in Sanskrit.Samudra methi is also grown in dry river beds in the Gangetic plains. When sold as a vegetable in India, the young plants are harvested with their roots still attached and sold in small bundles in the markets and bazaars. Any remaining soil is washed off to extend their shelf life.

In Turkish cuisine, fenugreek is used for making a paste known as çemen. Cumin, black pepper, and other spices are added into it, especially to make pastırma.

In Persian cuisine, fenugreek leaves are called شنبلیله (shanbalile). They are the key ingredient and one of several greens incorporated into ghormeh sabzi and eshkeneh, often said to be the Iranian national dishes.

In Egyptian cuisine, peasants in Upper Egypt add fenugreek seeds and maize to their pita bread to produce aish merahrah, a staple of their diet.

Fenugreek is used in Eritrean and Ethiopian cuisine. The word for fenugreek in Amharic is abesh (or abish), and the seed is used in Ethiopia as a natural herbal medicine in the treatment of diabetes.

Hi friends! Methi Aloo easy recipe yet very delicious!

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Cuisine: North Indian, Punjabi

Course: main, vegetable dish

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium size Potatoes, washed, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 250 gms Fenugreek leaves/ methi, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt or/ to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and finely chop Fenugreek leaves/ methi. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Wash, peel and cut the potatoes into small cubes.

Step 3.

Heat Mustard oil in a wok / kadahi/non-stick pan. Add asafetida saute for few seconds add Fenugreek / Methi leaves  and saute for two minutes. Add potatoes, red chili powder,   salt and mix well . Stirring every 2-3 minutes or so cover and cook on low heat till potatoes are well cooked.

Step 4.

Serve hot with any Indian bread of your choice.

Health benefits of Fenugreek Leaves:

Fenugreek is rich in calcium, phosphorus, and a good source of Iron and vitamin C. Steaming is considered the best way of cooking this herb, as all the vitamins are retained. The protein content in dried fenugreek leaves is almost equal to that in pulses. The leaves are said to be cooling. They are very beneficial in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence and sluggish liver. Fenugreek leaves help treat mouth ulcers. The leaves also help in the formation of blood. The leaves, being rich in iron, are very beneficial for anaemia.

Fenugreek Leaves Home Remedies

  • Make a paste of fresh fenugreek leaves. Apply on scalp, leave for 30 minutes, and then wash. This strengthens hair and gets rid of dandruff.
  • The freshly ground paste of fenugreek leaves, applied on the face before going to bed, prevents pimples and black heads.
  • Make an infusion of the fenugreek leaves. Use this as a gargle for mouth ulcers.
  • Due to its cooling properties, applying a poultice made of the fenugreek leaves is an excellent home remedy to heal burns and swellings.
  • Fenugreek leaves cooked with green onion stalks, are very good for clearing Constipation.
  • A tbsp of fenugreek leaves juice, taken with 1-2 black raisins, relieves dysentry.

Ref.http://naturalhomeremedies.co/Fenugreek.html

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Methi Matar

Methi mutter

fresh fenugreek / methi leaves with green peas

Delicious treat for your next get-together, a party favorite! 

Alternate Names: Fenugreek is also known as Methya (in Marathi), menthya (in Kannada), Vendayam (in Tamil), Menthulu (in Telugu), Uluva (in Malayalam) , Uluhaal ( in Sinhalese), Methi ( (In Oriya,Bangla, Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi). In Persian it is Shanbalîleh, and in Arabic its name is Hilbeh. Cooking: 45 minutes

Course: Main

Serves: 4

Cuisine: North Indian

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh green peas

2 cups fresh fenugreek / methi leaves, finely chopped

2 tomatoes, blanched, and choped

1 onion medium size, finely chopped

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp black pepper powder

1/2 cup malai/fresh cream

9 cashew nuts

1 tsp poppy seeds / khuskhus, soaked in 1/4 cup water

1 1/4 tsp salt or / salt to taste

1/2 tsp sugar

2 tbsp Olive oil

For the paste:

1 onion, medium size

2 green chilies

1tsp ginger, finely grated

4 cloves garlic

Method:

Step 1.

Wash very well in cold water and cut finely fenugreek / methi leaves in a bowl. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Soak for half an hour the finely chopped Fenugreek / Methi leaves in one cup of water, add 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp sugar to it . Strain the fenugreek / methi leaves and squeeze extra water from fenugreek / methi leaves and keep aside.

Step 3.

In a pressure cooker take green peas add 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame when full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and keep the peas aside.

Step 4.

Take 1 onion, finely chopped, 2 green chilies, chopped, 1tsp ginger 4 cloves garlic and 1/4 cup in a blender and make a fine paste. Keep aside.

Step 5.

Blanche tomatoes, and after removing the skin chop finely and keep aside.

Step 6.

Make a fine paste of soaked poppy seeds / khuskhus seeds and cashew nuts, keep aside

Step 7.

Heat a tbsp of oil in a kadahi / wok / or frying pan, add the fenugreek / methi leaves and saute on medium flame for 2-3 minutes till slightly glossy. Switch off the stove and remove the fenugreek / methi leaves in a bowl and keep aside.

Step 8.

Heat the remaining one tbsp oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds, when cumin starts crackling add one finely chopped onion and saute till the onions are transparent. Add onion, ginger, garlic, green chilies paste to it and saute for seven to eight minutes on medium flame, stirring continuously.

Step 9.

Add chopped tomatoes, freshly ground pepper powder mix well. Cook for five minutes more.
Add the boiled green peas and fenugreek / methi leaves sauté for two minutes.

Step 10.

Add cashew nut and poppy seeds paste and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Step 11.

Reduce flame, add cream/ malai , stirring continuously add salt mix well. Switch off the stove.

Step 12.

Serve hot with any Indian bread of your choice.

Health benefits of Methi / Fenugreek leaves:

In the Eastern cultures, especially India, fenugreek leaves are more widely used as compared to seeds primarily due to its immense nutritional benefits. While the seeds of this plant are used for only for the flavor, the leaves have herb nutrition value in them. So, when we talk about the benefits of fenugreek we are particularly referring to its greener parts.

Fenugreek leaves are basically a kind of green leafy vegetables unless you dry them for storage (kasuri methi). So they will give you all the goodness associated with green vegetables.

The fresh leaves of the Methi plant have a slightly bitter under taste and can be cooked just like we cook spinach. It is a very good source of iron.That is why fenugreek, both its seeds and leaves are considered medicinal for curing anemia. In fact, even if you follow standard medicine, patients with low hemoglobin count are usually put on a diet of fenugreek and other vegetables like spinach and lettuce.

Fenugreek has herb nutrition in it. If you crush the fresh leaves of Fenugreek or make a glass of juice out of them, it could be the perfect health drink to control the hormonal level of insulin in the blood. Fenugreek is a kind of similar to bitter gourd when we consider the bitter taste and properties of regulating insulin. It is a must note point for diabetics.

Fenugreek could give competition to Spinach as a rich source of vitamin K. Commonly spinach is the traditional answer to all your vitamin K needs but fenugreek has almost as much or more of this vital nutrient.

It is a very good source of roughage because is basically comprised of leaves. It will fulfill your body’s fibre requirements abundantly. Traditionally methi or fenugreek is supposed to be very beneficial to people who have a persistent problem of constipation.

Surprisingly, fenugreek is also a great source of protein and nicotinic acid. These nutrients lend benefits of fenugreek that are specific to hair. It foster hair growth and is good for the general health and shine of hair.

Inspite of so many benefits people sometimes don’t prefer to eat fenugreek because of its bitterness, especially in the dried form when the concentration of the bitterness increases. The solution is to either eat it fresh or add the dried leaves to foods like dals, curries or mix it or knead the flour to make tasty methi parathas! Either ways the benefits of fenugreek as a nutritional bonanza need to be utilised to the fullest.
Ref. http://www.boldsky.com/health/nutrition/2011/benefits-fenugreek-leaves-130911.html

 

Methi Aloo Parathas

Methi Aloo Paratha  Methi Fenugreek-LeavesFresh fenugreek leaves and potato parathas / Methi Aloo Paratha

Hi friends!One of the healthy ways to add greens to your diet is eating methi aloo paratha. This is a good course to have for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Preparation Time : 30-35 minutes

Cooking time : 10-15 minutes

Servings : 5 -6

Main Ingredients: Whole wheat flour/ atta, 6 medium size boiled potatoes, fresh Methi / fenugreek leaves

Cuisine: North Indian / Punjabi

Course : Breakfast, Breads

Level Of Cooking: Medium

Ingredients:

  • 3 Potatoes medium (pressure cooked for3-4 minutes)
  • 2 cups of fresh methi /fenugreek leaves ,finely chopped
  • 3 cups wheat flour / atta
  • 2 Green chilli  (finely chopped, optional)
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
  • 1 tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 2-3 tbsps pure ghee / olive oil for shallow frying

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and evenly mash the potatoes . Finely chop methi leaves. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Mix mashed potatoes, finely chopped methi leaves, green chilies, ajwain, chili powder and salt combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl, add atta / whole wheat flour and knead into a semi-soft dough using enough water (little at a time).

Step 3.

Divide the dough into 6 equal portions. Roll each portion into a 3″diameter circle, dusting it with a little wheat flour for rolling, brush with melted ghee/ oil, fold into half to form a semi- circle. Brush the semi-circle with melted ghee and fold both ends again to form a square. Roll out into 5″ square paratha using a little wheat flour for rolling.

Step 4

Heat a non-stick tawa (griddle) and Shallow fry both sides each paratha, using a little ghee/ oil, till golden brown spots appear on both the sides. Repeat steps 3 to 4 to make 5 more parathas.

 Step 5.

Serve hot with a blob of butter. A bowl of curd / yogurt and chili pickle is good accompaniment.

Fenugreek leaves health benefits:

The word “fenugreek” has its origin in the Latin language, and refers to ‘Greek hay’. It is commonly seen in the Mediterranean areas of Southern Europe.For ages, it has been grown in this region, together with North Africa and India. Inhabitants of these regions use both the leaves and seeds as a spice for their dishes. The fenugreek herb is basically in the form of seeds and works as an effective nutritional supplement. Due to the numerous health benefits provided by this herb, they’ve been used by herb lovers for ages.

1. Poor liver function:

This leaf is highly beneficial for treating poor liver function and dyspepsia. It is also helpful in treating gastric problems and other intestinal issues. It is also used for curing dysentery and diarrhea. These leaves are also used in the powdered form for treating GI issues, as well as allergies or congestion of the upper respiratory zone.

2.Cholesterol:

Fenugreek leaf has an incredibly strong effect on blood lipid levels; it may also prove helpful in lowering atherosclerosis. Patients suffering from lipid fluctuations benefit hugely from this herb; the reason behind this is its capacity to cut down cholesterol levels, LDL and triglycerides while pulling up their HDL levels. Place some of these leaves in water and leave it overnight; next morning, strain the water and consume it.

3. Diabetes:

The healing properties of fenugreek are quite similar to cinnamon; due to its anti-diabetic elements, this spice is capable of controlling glucose metabolism. It also helps in preventing and treating of Type II diabetes.This herb balances blood glucose homeostasis and reduces cellular insulin resistance. According to medical researchers, fenugreek lowers blood sugar levels of Type II diabetics by a huge percentage.

4. Heart problems and blood lipids:

This herb, fenugreek, has a strong balancing effect on blood lipid levels and lowers the hazards of atherosclerosis. In case of diabetes, it has substantiated an outstanding ability to reduce LDL levels, triglycerides and cholesterol. One more important characteristic of this spice is its power to reduce platelet creation, which, in turn, lowers the chances of sudden blood clotting in your heart; the common consequences being strokes and massive heart attacks. Like most of the other spices, fenugreek too contains strong antioxidants. It is also beneficial in protecting other internally generated antioxidants from any kind of damage. It also shields the body against a variety of other chronic diseases.Fenugreek provides iron as nutrient to body.

5. Skin benefits, reduces blemishes:

This herb is highly beneficial in reducing skin marks and blemishes. If there are some stubborn marks or spots on your face, consider using something natural like fenugreek leaves. Mix a spoon of fenugreek seed powder with a few drops of water; blend it continuously till it’s smooth in texture. Next, apply this paste on your face and leave it for fifteen minutes. Next, swipe it off with a wet cotton ball.

6. Hair benefits, for long and lustrous hair:

For long and lustrous hair, apply a thick fenugreek paste on your scalp and keep it for forty minutes. Next, rinse it off with cold water. You can repeat this practice once or twice a week. Considering its countless natural benefits, it works as an excellent alternative to damaging and unsafe chemical found in local shampoos.

Ref. http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-fenugreek-leaves-for-skin-hair-and-health/

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  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

 

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