Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Fenugreek, Methi

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Every winter I plant a small patch of organic fenugreek sprouting seeds in the garden. They germinate quite quickly and you soon have a great harvest of beautiful nutritious leaves. You can use the young sprouts in salads, and the leaves (not the stems) in cooking.

Fenugreek leaves can be added to just about anything you cook. Traditionally they are used in Indian cooking. So can be found added to dhal, fried pakoras, curries, saag, Indian roti bread,  sambars and sambals.

Fenugreek leaves are the herb and have a lovely earthy flavour. Once picked from the stem they can be frozen.

Fenugreek seeds are the spice and once again appear in many Indian recipes or curry powders.

Fenugreek seeds can also be spouted in the kitchen and would be a great for folks who cannot garden outside in winter.

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6 comments:

Veggie Gnome said...

Beautiful! Love your fenugreek patch! It's such a wonderful herb. :)

Ours is very bare as the snails and slugs had a feast. Have started again - fingers crossed.

Maggie said...

If the snails ate a lot of fenugreek,they should be pretty healthy and maybe have built up good immunity to winter colds, so maybe you should eat the snails!

mandi said...

Wonderful! I use fenugreek seed in one of my granola recipe- I love that warm flavor. I've never seen a fenugreek patch. I'm going to have to plant some.

toads said...

Your fenugreek patch makes me envy - I must try to grow it myself :-)

Growing vegetables said...

Lovely! Like mandi I have never seen this type of patch. Do you recommend it to plant in a pot or container? Thanks a lot for the nice photographs.

Maggie said...

I guess you could grow it in a pot if you wanted too.