Fenugreek leaves (Methi in Hindi) is one of the widely used green leafy vegetable esp. in the Indian subcontinent. Fenugreek leaves are slightly bitter but also have a unique aroma and taste which matches well with many vegetables, bakery items etc. Apart from all the goodness of green leafy vegetables, Fenugreek leaves have their own distinct health benefits and medicinal value. Though not supported fully be medical research, Fenugreek is known from ancient times for its medicinal qualities. Dried Fenugreek leaves, known as kasuri methi, are used as a flavoring agent in several North Indian dishes.
Nutritional Information: Fenugreek Leaves Fresh (Methi Leaves) 100 g
|Dietary fibre||1 g|
Health Benefits of Fenugreek Leaves (Methi)
Low in Calories: Like Other green leafy vegetables, fenugreek leaves are low in calories making it a good choice for those trying to limit their calorie intake.
Good for Digestion: High fiber content of Fenugreek is helpful in improving digestion and is good for the gastrointestinal system.
The fiber content also promotes healthy bowel movements.
Anti Diabetic: it has a positive impact on controlling glucose metabolism thought he mechanisms are not very clear and its role is limited as an adjunct therapy in addition to main line medicines.
Benefits from Anti Oxidants: Fenugreek contains Vitamin C and several compounds with antioxidant properties which makes it beneficial for number of medical conditions from arthritis to inflammation
Good For Heart & Blood Pressure: Fenugreek also has known to improve heart health. Fenugreek leaves reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) which in turn can prevent heart related problems like atherosclerosis ,Hypertension, heart attack Strokes.
Boosts Milk in Lactating mothers: As per traditional Indian medicine system, Fenugreek (Methi) stimulates production of milk in lactating mothers. I is also helpful to induce labor. However there are reports of Fenugreek causing birth defect in Rats in experimental studies & hence may not be suitable for pregnant mothers.
Good for Bones: Fenugreek is rich in calcium and also Vitamin K which are good for strong and healthy bones.
Fenugreek Recipes (Methi recipes)
Fresh Fenugreek leaves are an ingredient in some curries and as a taste enhancer in many preparations. Some common Indian dishes which make use of Fenugreek (Methi) include.
Methi Pakoda Kadhi