Thursday, May 31, 2012

Methi - Fenugreek sauce - using fenugreek as a vegetable

Fenugreek can be used an herb, spice or green. Many women will hear of fenugreek seeds for assisting in milk production, but it can also be used as a vegetable. Fenugreek is known as methi in many parts of India and is also found in Eritrean cuisine as well. It is also found in Persian and some jewish cuisine and some traditional medicines.

Taking fenugreek pills or in a tea for milk production can be laborious, but necessary for some women. However, as a vegetable, it is incredibly versatile.

You can use fenugreek, destemmed, in your vegetable green salad.

Here is a basic recipe to use as a pasta sauce.


1 bunch fenugreek, destemmed and shopped
4 cloves garlic
oil of your choice
1 tsp+ salt
1 tomato, diced
1 white onion
1 tsp Ground Turmeric
1 tsp Ground Chili Pepper


Blend the garlic and onion, or chop finely.

In oil, add the garlic and onion, fry to almost translucent.
Add chili powder. Stir to combine.
Add tomato and stir well.
Add salt and stir. Add turmeric.
Add turmeric and stir. Cover and leave on medium heat until wilted, around 5 minutes. Add water if you require a more liquidy sauce.

Serve on potatoes, over pasta or with fried/grilled tofu.

NIH on Fenugreek:

What Fenugreek Is Used For

  • Historically, fenugreek was used for a variety of health conditions, including menopausal symptoms and digestive problems. It was also used for inducing childbirth.
  • Today, it is used for diabetes and loss of appetite, and to stimulate milk production in breastfeeding women. It is also applied to the skin to treat inflammation.

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