Fenugreek’s leaves and seeds are widely used in Indian Cuisine and
fenugreek has numerous health benefits. Fenugreek is a rich
reservoir of medicinal properties too. It contains protein, fibre,
vitamin C, niacin, potassium, iron and alkaloids. These compounds
impart many benefits to fenugreek from being your beauty product
to being an answer to your health problems. In this article we
will see the properties and uses of Fenugreek as mentioned in
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Wonders of Fenugreek
Fenugreek is a very warming
seed that benefits kapha and vata dosha and is used to treat constipation,
high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity. They have a strong aroma and are
pungent. But when used in small quantities they impart flavour to your food
and are nourishing.
Energetics of Fenugreek seeds
Rasa (Taste) – Katu (Pungent)
Guna (Properties) – Laghu (Light), Snigdha (Unctuous)
Virya (Potency) – Ushna (Hot)
Vipaka (Post digestive effect) – Katu (Pungent)
Dosha karma (Action on doshas) – Mitigates Vata and Kapha dosha, Aggravates
Karma (Actions) – It is an appetizer and is anti inflammatory, lipid
1. Its seeds are a digestive aid and they increase appetite and relieve
flatulence. Hence they can be added in diet. One teaspoon of fenugreek seeds
in your food can be an effective remedy for acid reflux or heartburn.
2. As an adjunct, 1 tsp of seeds can be daily consumed to get rid of excessive
fats in obesity.
3. It is a potent lipid modulator. The seed powder can be taken with warm
4. In diabetes mellitus, it is used as one of the best adjuvant.
5. The medicated milk
its seeds augments the breast milk in nursing mothers.
6. Fenugreek laddus or balls are made by roasting the seeds in ghee and
adding sugar to it. This can be given to nursing mothers since it is an
effective galactogogue and also helps in involution of uterus.
1. The poultice of its seed powder relieves pain and swelling in rheumatic
2. The paste of its seeds mixed with honey is applied to the face. It
prevents pimples, blackheads, wrinkles and imparts soothing.
3. 2 tbsp of seeds powdered and
soaked overnight, used
as a hair wash next morning, makes the hair silky and
4. The same preparation applied as a paste to the scalp mitigates dandruff.
5. A paste of fresh fenugreek leaves applied over the scalp regularly before
washing the hair, also cures dandruff.
6. Gargle with an infusion of its leaves heals the mouth ulcers and
cures sore throat.
7. Fenugreek tea alleviates the bad breath (halitosis) and even bad body
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Fenugreek leaves – 1 cup, Cooked rice 1 1/2 cup, Tamarind paste
1/2 tea spoon, Coconut – ˝ cup grated (optional), Onion – 1 finely
To dry grind - Coriander seeds -1 teaspoon, Chickpeas – 1 tsp, Red
chilies – 4
To season - Mustard seeds – 1 tsp,
Black gram – 1 tsp, Asafetida –
a pinch, Oil – 3 tsp
Procedure - Cook the rice in
the usual manner but with adding little ghee so that they do not
stick to each other. Transfer the rice to a flat bottom vessel and
allow it to cool. Roast the items given in Dry grind. Grind it in
a mixer. Keep the fry pan in the stove. Season the items given to
season. Add the onions and sauté nicely.
Then add the fenugreek leaves
and sauté till the water disappears. Add little water and cook for
5 minutes. Then add salt and tamarind paste. After the water dries
out add the grinded powder and cook for 2 minutes. Then mix the
fenugreek mixture into the rice. Add grated coconut also if
desired. Check for the taste and add the salt required. This rice
will make a great lunch.
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