Fenugreek seeds are common spice with a distinct smell. They are a key ingredient used in many South Indian dishes.
Fenugreek seeds are used both whole and powdered in the preparation of pickles, vegetable dishes, and spice mixes such as panch phoron (five spices )and sambar powder. They are often roasted to reduce bitterness and enhance flavour. They are used in preparing dhosa, aapam, kaara paniyaram, methy naan, sambar powder etc.
Calorific value: 100 grams offers 49 kcal Energy.
Carbohydrates-6g, Fat-0.9g, Protein-4.4g, Minerals: Calcium-395 mg(40%), Iron-1.93mg(15%), Phosphorus-51 mg(7%), Other constituents: Water-88.7g
Fenugreek prevents the absorption of cholesterol and triglycerides thus plays a key role in maintaining heart health. It also contains amino acid which induces the production of insulin and is extremely healthy for diabetics. Being rich in fibre and antioxidants, fenugreek helps in flushing out harmful toxins from the body. It aids digestion and is an effective remedy for acid reflux or heartburn. Mucilage of fenugreek seed coats the lining of the stomach and intestine and soothes irritated gastrointestinal tissues. Presence of diosgenin in fenugreek increases milk production in lactating mothers. Compounds like diosgenin and isoflavone help reducing symptoms like discomfort and menstrual cramps associated with PMS