What is Fenugreek (Hindi:Methi)

Alternate Names
Fenugreek is also known as Methya (in Marathi), menthya (in Kannada), Vendayam (in Tamil), Menthulu (in Telugu), Uluva (in Malayalam) , Uluhaal ( in Sinhalese), Methi ( (In Oriya,Bangla, Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi). In Persian it is Shanbalîleh, and in Arabic its name is Hilbeh.

What is Fenugreek?
Fenugreek belongs to the plant family “Fabaceae”. It is available and used both as a herb (the leaves of the plant) and as spice (the seed). It is cultivated worldwide as a semi-arid crop. It is frequently used in curry and is a very famous Indian leafy vegetable which resembles clover leaves. It has a very light bitter taste (which might require getting used to) and has a spicy taste to it.

How to Prepare Fenugreek Leaves
The fresh leaves undoubtedly have lots of mud and debris in them. Hence cleaning is v essential. Before that, chop off the roots of the leaves.

What is Fenugreek (Hindi:Methi)

Pick the leaves of the stem. Very tender stems can be left in.

What is Fenugreek (Hindi:Methi)

Wash very well in cold water. It might take time but you don’t want mud in your food. Its worth it though.

What is Fenugreek (Hindi:Methi)

Chop it lightly and coarsely. You can now use this in varied recipes.

What is Fenugreek (Hindi:Methi)

These are mostly available in Indian stores. The fresh leaves can be hard to come by in which case try checking the freezer section. Many Indian stores now carry the frozen version of the same. The frozen can be a boon in the sense it cuts out the preparation time (which can be quite time consuming depending in the amount you plan to use). Simply thaw and use it in the recipe.

Different Types and Availibility
Fenugreek is mainly available in 3 forms:
1. Fenugreek leaves
2. Dried Fenugreek leaves (also commonly referred to as Kasuri Methi)
3. Seeds

Almost all Indian stores would definitely carry the dried Fenugreek and the seed since they are essential Indian spices used commonly in the cuisine. The fresh leaves may be hard to come by in which case check for frozen leaves (nowadays quite a common sight in the Indian shops) or substitute with the dried version ( 1/3 rd of the original amount)

What is Fenugreek (Hindi:Methi)

The Fenugreek seeds play a intimate role in so many dishes in the Indian cuisine. Be it from aromatic powders, or simple day to day lentil dishes to the extent of adding a special touch to traditional rice recipes. The seeds can be sprouted and enjoyed in salads, can be seeped in hot water and enjoyed as Tea, so on and so forth,

What is Fenugreek (Hindi:Methi)

Benefits of Fenugreek

The benefits are multitude. The seeds  have been found to contain protein, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, and diosgenin (which is a compound that has properties similar to estrogen). Due to its estrogen-like properties, fenugreek has been found to

- help increase libido and lessen the effect of hot flashes and mood fluctuations that are common symptoms of menopause and PMS.

- to treat arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, improve digestion,

-  maintain a healthy metabolism, increase libido and male potency,

- to cure skin problems (wounds, rashes and boils),

- to treat sore throat, and cure acid reflux.

Fenugreek also has a long history of use for the

- treatment of reproductive disorders,

- to induce labor,

- to treat hormonal disorders,

- to help with breast enlargement, and

- to reduce menstrual pain.

Recent studies have shown that Fenugreek helps lower blood glucose and cholestrol levels, and may be an effective treatment for both type 1 and 2 diabetes. Fenugreek is also being studied for its cardiovascular benefits.

What are the Side Effects of Fenugreek?

It is generally considered safe when used moderately although there have been reports which mention few very minor side effects.

- Nausea
- gastrointestinal discomfort (diarrhea and/or gas)
- Use of fenugreek is not advised if you are pregnant since its known to induce labor. Consult with your doctor.
- If you are consuming any oral medications then it is important to use fenugreek at least 2 hours before or after these drugs since the fiber in Fenugreek has the potential to interfere with the absorption of oral medications due to its mucilaginous fiber (which gives it a moist and sticky texture).

Substitutes for Fenugreek

Dried leaves, either whole or ground are a good substitute for fresh. Replace with half the qty of fresh. If both are not available the one closest would be celery leaves since it also has a slight bitter taste similar to Fenugreek. You can also use chopped watercress leaves. For the seeds, substitute 1 tsp fenugreek seeds with 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds.

How and Where to Buy Fenugreek
Fenugreek is often available in capsules, seed, and powder form at many health food stores. Fenugreek seeds can also often be found at Indian/Pakistani grocery stores. You may also be able to find Fenugreek herbal tea bags.

Fenugreek Recipes
1. Recipes with Fenugreek leaves
2. Recipes with Dried Fenugreek leaves (also commonly referred to as Kasuri Methi)
3. Recipes with Fenugreek Seeds


1. http://www.homeremediesweb.com/fenugreek_health_benefits.php
2. http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-fenugreek.html
3. http://www.vitaminstuff.com/herbs-fenugreek.html
4. http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-fenugreek.html
5. http://www.herbal-supplements-guide.com/fenugreek-seed-uses.html

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14 Responses to “What is Fenugreek”
  1. nina

    SHOUld fenugreek leaves be eaten or seeds with cold water in the morning for breast enhancement


  2. Gaman

    I take reguarly these seeds and I feel better.

  3. where can i get fenugreek seed in Nigeria?
    How much does it cost? am in Enugu 8)

  4. adenike

    Pls tell me where I can get fenugreek seeds or powder in Nigeria?

  5. Mac

    Fenugreek is an English name it is very commonly available in India and is a major ingredient in Indian food. It may be available in stores selling Indian items worldwide. It can be grown easily as follows. Fill a coffee mug ( For experimental purpose ) with sand and put some Fenugreek seeds ( 10 – 15 ) and water it moderately, it grows in 5 -6 days so as it can be consumed.

  6. Vivian

    Pls where can I get fenugreek powder in lagos Nigeria?

  7. Rama

    You can get this in leafs and vegetable market

  8. Maria

    How do you use it in cooking :?: I also heard that it helps with Dementia : :-P

  9. Aditya

    Have 15 fenu greek in moring with cold water.. thats the best way to ncrease breast..

  10. DeAndra

    What is the best way to use fenugreek as a breast enhancer? And what strength works best?

  11. Ismail Gulaid

    wwonderful natural remedy(fenugreek)
    thank God for that

  12. chi

    where and how can i get fenugreek in Nigeria. Secondly is fenugreek an English name?if no what is the English name and how can i identify it

  13. ann

    How do i get fenugreek leaf and seed. Mobile number 08020712874 nigeria

  14. ann

    How do i get fenugreek leaf and seed

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