Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Fenugreek or methi, is an ancient spice, used for making pickles, sambar and the Bengali spice mixture panch phoron. Fenugreek leaves are an important spice in Indian cuisine and can be found in yeast bread called methi naan. Iran traditionally uses the leaves in a thick sauce called ghorme sabzi made from fresh or dried vegetables. Try mashing the leaves and sprinkling them over curries and dry vegetable dishes just before serving for an unforgettable flavor.
In folk medicine, fenugreek has been used to treat boils, inflammation of the cells and connective tissue, and tuberculosis.
Here are some anecdotal benfits of fenugreek:
- Balance cholesterol.
- Soothe upset stomach and digestive problems.
- Reduce menstrual cramps.
- Reduce appetite.
- Reduce fat mass.
- Maintain liver and kidney health.
- Soothe muscle pain.
- Reduce fever.