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FenugreekHindi Name: Methi

Fresh or dried leaves that have a slightly bitter taste, used widely in Indian dishes. 'Kasoori Methi' is its dried form which is also used in cooking. The plant has small round leaves which are cooked and eaten as a main dish.


Fresh leaves of the plant are used as a vegetable, mostly in Indian cuisines and can also be dried to use as a herb. The seeds of the fenugreek plant are used to make spices. In Yemen, it is also used to make a certain kind of sauce. Fenugreek also has a cultural value and is eaten during Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. Fenugreek paste can be used to treat swelling, muscle pain, wounds etc. Sometimes it is used in drugs to remove the bitter taste.

Nutritional Value

1. Fenugreek seeds contain galactomannan which is known to reduce risk of heart strokes.
2. Fenugreek contains compounds that have oestrogen like properties and help against menstrual cramps and discomfort during menopausal symptoms.
3. Fenugreek is known to be a very useful vegetable for women. It is known to reduce labour pain and helps against iron deficiency post pregnancy. Diosgenin in fenugreek increases milk production in lactating mothers.
4. Galactomannan is a natural soluble fiber that makes fenugreek beneficial for people with diabetes.

Fenugreek is better known for the benefits obtained from its external use. The paste can help get rid or skin irritation, wounds, muscular pains, scars, etc. It is also used as a beauty product in face packs to remove pimples and blackheads. If consumed like green tea with honey and lemon, fenugreek can help reduce fever.

Recipes using Fenugreek

  • Recipe of Methi Maas

    Methi Maas

    A lovely concoction of meat and fresh fenugreek leaves, cooked in a host of spices.
    Recipe Ingredients: fenugreek,
  • Recipe of Methi Chaman

    Methi Chaman

    An authentic Kashmiri recipe. Cottage cheese chunks are deep fried, soaked in milk and tossed with fenugreek leaves, cinnamon and almonds.
    Recipe Ingredients: cottage cheese,
  • Recipe of Desi Roast Chicken

    Desi Roast Chicken

    Chicken marinated in desi spices like cumin powder, garam masala, fenugreek seeds, turmeric and roasted golden.
    Recipe Ingredients: chicken,
  • Recipe of Hara Kebab

    Hara Kebab

    A vegetarian's delight! Kebabs made with fenugreek leaves, spinach puree and spices.
    Recipe Ingredients: dinner party,
  • Recipe of Uttapam


    A traditional delicacy from down South which literally means 'poured appam' in Tamil. Uttapam is a dosa-like preparation made with the batter of rice, dhuli urad dal and fenugreek seeds.
    Recipe Ingredients: south indian,
  • Recipe of Keema Methi

    Keema Methi

    Keema methi is a traditional dish of Andhra Pradesh.This is a minced lamb dish flavored with fenugreek leaves.
    Recipe Ingredients: dinner party,
  • Recipe of Khada Masala Murgh with Kasoori Methi

    Khada Masala Murgh with Kasoori Methi

    A very light chicken recipe. This dish is flavored with dried fenugreek leaves and emits a wonderful aroma of freshly crushed whole spices.
    Recipe Ingredients: chicken,
  • Recipe of Fresh Methi Chicken

    Fresh Methi Chicken

    Tender chicken chunks cooked with assorted spices and fresh methi (fenugreek) leaves.
    Recipe Ingredients: chicken,
  • Recipe of Methi Machchi

    Methi Machchi

    Sole fish cooked with a tomato, spinach and fenugreek gravy.
    Recipe Ingredients: fish,
  • Recipe of Grilled Surmai Steak

    Grilled Surmai Steak

    Grilled fish kebabs with tempered potatoes
    Recipe Ingredients: grilled surmai steak,
  • Recipe of Sonth aur Methi ka Ladoo

    Sonth aur Methi ka Ladoo

    Ladoos made with fenugreek seeds, ginger, saunf and jaggery. Especially good for pregnant women.
    Recipe Ingredients: indian desserts,
  • Recipe of Methi Paratha

    Methi Paratha

    Parantha stuffed with the goodness of methi (fenugreek leaves) mildly spiced.
    Recipe Ingredients: paratha,
  • Recipe of Fenugreek and Lal Maat Crostini

    Fenugreek and Lal Maat Crostini

    Crusty bread sprinkled with olive oil, topped off with cottage cheese/tofu, fenugreek and laal maat leaves.
    Recipe Ingredients: crostini,
  • Recipe of Pan Fried Chicken

    Pan Fried Chicken

    Chicken marinated in stock and spices, then fried and served with fenugreek chutney
    Recipe Ingredients: chicken,
  • Recipe of Methi Gosht

    Methi Gosht

    Mutton bits added to gravy with a host of Indian spices and fenugreek leaves.
    Recipe Ingredients: methi,
  • Recipe of Gajar Methi

    Gajar Methi

    Carrots and fenugreek leaves make for one healthy recipe.
    Recipe Ingredients: methi,
  • Recipe of Methi Aloo

    Methi Aloo

    Fenugreek leaves or methi cooked with potatoes and spices make for a hearty dish.
    Recipe Ingredients: methi,
  • Recipe of Muthia


    Steamed or fried dumplings made with flour dough seasoned with fenugreek, chilli powder and turmeric.
    Recipe Ingredients: atta,
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