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10 Best Methi Recipes

   |  Updated: June 27, 2017 14:13 IST

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10 Best Methi Recipes
Highlights
  • You will mostly find methi seeds in fiery tadkas or piquant pickles
  • Aloo-methi is a popular lunchtime meal in most North-Indian homes
  • India is one of the leading producers of fenugreek

You''ll find fenugreek or commonly known as methi in almost every Indian kitchen. Be it methi dana or the fresh pungent leaves or the aromato fenugreek powder, it can be used in several ways. Laced with a distinct aroma, spell-binding flavor and a host of good-for-you properties, we've embraced this humble ingredient in its varying forms. From the amber coloured seeds and dried leaves (kasoori methi) to ground powder and garden fresh saag,fenugreek can be used to create some of the simplest yet most sensational dishes.



India is one of the leading producers of fenugreek, the top producing state being Rajasthan. You will mostly  find methi seeds in fiery tadkas or piquant pickles. Aloo-methi is the quintessential lunchtime meal in most North-Indian homes while the dried leaves add an earthy, musty flavour to many Indian preparations. Apart from India, methi marks a spot in Turkish, Afghani, Persian and Egyptian preparations as well. While some credit it due to it's flavour and distinct aroma, others identify with its miraculous health benefits.



Why you should include fenugreek in your diet



If you happen to come across some of grandma's home remedies, fenugreek couldn't be missed there! From treating beauty and hair woes to taming chronic diseases - methi can be a one stop shop for all your health related issues. 



Methi is enriched with galactomannan which plays a vital role in combating the risk of heart disease as well diabetes. This compound helps in slowing down blood sugar absorption. Methi is rich in amino acids that help in the production of insulin. It is an energy dense ingredient, therefore helps in keeping you full for longer. It is a good source of soluble fibre and is excellent for digestion. It also aids in curing heartburn, fever and sore throat.



Tip:Soak methi seeds overnight and have them on an empty stomach in the morning. Health experts believe that consuming soaked methi seeds first thing in morning can help regulate blood sugar levels, cholesterol and promote good digestion. You can also boil the seeds and use the water to wash your face to get rid of skin irritation and rashes.



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Apart from adding methi to your diet, you can also choose to use its seeds in home-made herbal face packs and hair masks. Topical application of methi paste can significantly help in blocking out pimples, blackheads, wrinkles, dandruff as well as other scalp and skin related troubles.



Fenugreek has long been known as one of the most easily available, cheapest and natural ways of embracing good health. Cook up some methi saag for lunch, temper savoury daals with its seeds or simply sprinkle some dried leaves or ground spice to enhance the flavours. From medicinal and therapeutic to culinary, methi is an all-rounder. And just in case you run out of ideas on what to cook with it, we have handpicked our best recipes for you.



Khada Masala Murgh with Kasoori Methi
Recipe by Chef Divya Burman

Chicken pieces are cooked in the goodness of crushed whole spices and aromatic kasoori methi.



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Muthia
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta



Dumpling made of dough are seasoned with fenugreek leaves leaves, chilli powder, turmeric and other spices. Steam them or fry them but dare not miss them!



Methi Chicken
Recipe by Chef Divya Burman

Chicken is cooked in hearty blend of spices and fenugreek leaves



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Paneer Bhurji with Kasuri Methi
Recipe by Chef Marut Sikka

Chef Marut Sikka cooks sensational with paneer with an added goodness of aromatic kasuri methi.



Methi Paratha
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

A quintessential favourite across the nation! Wheat flour is worked into dough, rolled out and  stuffed with a mixture of fenugreek leaves and a host of spices.



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Methi Machchi
Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal

30 Minutes and a few simple ingredients is all that is needed to arrive at this sensational delicacy. Tender sole fish is teamed with a mouthwatering gravy made of spinach, methi saag, tomatoes and masala.

Keema Methi
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

A traditional Andhra specialty consisting minced lamb meat and methi leaves!



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Sonth aur Methi ka Ladoo
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta



Who would say no to these sweet delights? Fennel seeds, dried ginger powder and fenugreek seeds are rolled together with whole wheat and ghee.



Methi and Kishmish Pakodas
Recipe by Gunjan Goela



Dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi) are teamed with raisins, herbs and spices to arrive at this lovely evening snack! One can never go wrong with these sweet and savory pockets of delights.



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Fenugreek and Lal Maat Crostini
Recipe by Chef Vicky Ratnani



Here's a quick and easy way to tame those hunger pangs and impress those around! All you need is some bread topped with olives, paneer, methi and spices.



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