By Syed Akbar
Hot methi ke parathe. No one can resist eating them. Methi or fenugreek has always been a kitchen favourite all over the world since times immemorial. Fenugreek is an essential ingredient in many food stuffs in many cultures across the continents.
Fenugreek seeds and leaves can be consumed. The stem can also be eaten, but it is highly bitter in taste. Curry prepared from fenugreek leaves (since methi is bitter, it is generally used with other greens, meat or wheat) helps fight flatulence, indigestion and keep the bowels highly functional.
Ayurvedic doctors prescribe fenugreek for certain liver problems like some forms of jaundice. Methi is good for growing children and the elderly too. Nursing mothers are often encouraged to take fenugreek seeds as it increases lactation.
Methi chai: Fenugreek seeds tea acts as a body coolant and gives instant relief from high temperature (fever). The methi tea is slightly unpalatable, but has a good impact on health. We can make it a bit
tasty by adding lemon juice.
Since methi tea has the properties to reduce body temperature by producing sweat, Ayurvedic and Unani doctors believe that toxic elements are sent out of the body in the form of perspiration.
While fenugreek seeds soaked in water or fenugreek seed power in the form of capsules are good for controlling blood sugar, fenugreek leaves can be chewed to keep the stomach in healthy condition.
Chewing leaves also reduces gastric gases or flatulence.
Those suffering from anaemia can improve the iron content in their blood by eating raw fenugreek leaves.