Kasuri Methi Leaves (Fenugreek) - MDH 100g
Kasuri Methi leaves are most widely used as seasoning for
many Indian dishes like curry. It is often encountered in the cuisine of the
Indian subcontinents. Kasoori/Qasoori Methi, more popular for its appetizing
fragrance, comes originally from Qasur, Pakistan. Kasoori Methi is also grown
in the regions irrigated by the Sutlej River in the Indian and Pakistani states
of Punjab. The young leaves of fenugreek are used as greens, and the fresh or
dried leaves are used to flavour other dishes. The dried leaves also called
"kasturi Methi” have a bitter taste and a characteristically strong
smell. Fenugreek green leaves curry is a very popular Indian curry cooked
in the major sub-continental region of India and Pakistan, usually together
with potatoes and/or spinach, and eaten with Roti, Naan bread and/or rice.
Kasoori Methi is usually soaked in water for 10 minute before use.
Fenugreek and Health
Fenugreek leaves and seeds are supposed to have a cooling effect on the body,
and are often used as a remedy to treat boils, mouth sores, and sore throats. A
paste made from the leaves can also be used for soothing burns and swellings. A
tea made from fenugreek seeds is used for reducing fevers. A strong gargle made
from boiling a couple tablespoons of seeds in a quart of water and strained, is
used as a home remedy to soothe sore throat.
Ancient herbalists used fenugreek as a digestive aid, and even today the seeds
are eaten with a little yogurt to relieve diarrhea and flatulence. Fenugreek in
any form helps with acid reflux. Fenugreek tea is also used for treating other
stomach disorders such as peptic ulcers as the seeds become mucilageous (have a
mucus coating) in water and soothe the stomach.
Fenugreek seeds have long been known to promote lactation. In India, the seeds
are powdered and made into a gruel and offered to nursing mothers. The seeds
are crushed and fed to cows to increase their supply of milk.
In the Middle Ages, fenugreek was used as a hair tonic and was believed to cure
baldness. Herbalists recommend making a paste of the leaves and applying over
the scalp regularly before shampooing, for long, silky, and glossy hair, and
for curing dandruff. The paste, when applied on the face, can improve complexion
and prevent pimples, acne, blackheads, as well as wrinkles.
Fenugreek leaves and seeds are rich in iron and as such very effective in
The dried leaves (kasuri methi) are rich in protein and are comparable to
The seeds are rich in minerals and vitamins such as calcium, phosphorus, iron,
and vitamin C, and also contain some vitamin B-Complex.
Regular use of fenugreek seeds can help restore the sense of taste and smell by
clearing accumulated mucus and other impurities from the oral and nasal
Fenugreek tea has been found beneficial in treating resporatory infections such
as bronchitis, pneumonia, influenza, and sinusitis.
Fenugreek seeds have been found very effective in treating diabetes. According
to researchers at the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, India,
fenugreek seeds, when consumed daily along with a restricted caloric diet
(1200-1400 calories per day), have a beneficial effect, reducing levels of
glucose, serum cholesterol, and triglycerides in diabetic patients. Other
studies show that fenugreek seeds soaked in hot water can be used as an
adjuvant to help control type 2 diabetes.
Uses of kasoori
Kasoori Methi can be best
used for the following :
• Main ingredients for
making Alu-Methi Mix vegetable used a main dish.
• Added together to wheat flour to make Kasoori Methi mix Poori, methi mix
Paratha or methi mix roti. It can also be used to prepare exotic Indian Recipe
which is used as main dish.
• Used to make Indian Cuisine more tasty and flavored by adding Kasoori Methi
in the final step of making Palak Paneer, Malaye kofta and Matar Paneer.
• Kasoori Methi is added together to vegetable like Brinjal and spinach to make
healthy Indian main dish Recipe which can be eaten best with Naan or Roti.
Other names of Kasoori
methi are: Methya, Menthil, Kasturi methi, Qasoori methi, Greek hay, Uluva,
Bockshornklee, Piskavica,Menthya, Vendayam, Methikoora, Uluva, Piscavica,
Uluhaal, Hilbeh, Bockshornklee.