Fenugreek’s characteristic could be described by way of a Kannada proverb which says “Bitter to the lips, Sweet to the abdomen”. Barring pregnant women and infants, everyone can consume Fenugreek seeds and reap its benefits. But the quantity of consumption must be restricted to a very small amount unlike other legumes.
Fenugreek is a source of various minerals including iron and magnesium. Since it controls the blood sugar levels, it is helpful for Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetic conditions. People with such underlying conditions can use Fenugreek in many ways .When consumed along with food, Fenugreek’s pleasantly bitter taste and sweet aroma blend together to impart delicious taste to the food. Here I will elucidate the tasty ways in which Fenugreek can be used despite the fact that Diabetics cannot drink juices or consume sweets like other people.
Soak 4 spoons of Fenugreek seeds in some water. Grind this along with 2 cardamoms. Add 2 spoons of jaggery, half glass of milk or coconut milk. Add water if required. If thick consistency is required, increase the amount of fenugreek by 2 more spoons and add water little by little when grinding. Add either jaggery or a pinch of salt and consume 1 glass of this drink once in the morning and evening. This can be consumed by everyone including diabetics. People with known allergies should consume half glass of this drink.
Fenugreek spice mix powder
Roast half cup fenugreek seeds, half cup split back gram, half cup green gram, one cup Bengal gram,1 cup sesame seeds, half cup cumin seeds,4 spoons pepper,1 spoon carom seeds separately and grind all the roasted ingredients into a powder. Other grains could be added too by increasing the quantity of fenugreek. This mix will remain fresh for a month when stored in an air tight container. Consume 1 spoon of this powder daily as an accompaniment with rice along with some ghee. This is healthy for diabetics and others could consume this mix too.
Soak half spoon of fenugreek seeds in a glass of water overnight. Swallow the soaked seeds and drink the soaked water on empty stomach. This is helpful for diabetics and people who experience knee pain.
Soak 1 cup of rice or any other cereal grain along with half spoon of fenugreek in water for 3 hours. Grind it into a batter and let it ferment overnight. Add salt or jaggery to the batter and prepare tasty crisp pancakes the next morning. Pancakes and Rotis could be prepared using fenugreek leaves too.
Fenugreek Idly/Savoury Cake
This is a very tasty breakfast recipe.
Soak half cup of fenugreek in water for 2 hours and grind it into a fine batter. Add 1 cup of rice semolina and salt and jaggery to taste. Chop cashews, almonds and peanuts into small pieces and add it to this batter. Steam tasty, fragrant and healthy cakes out of this batter.
Soak 1 cup of rice along with half cup of fenugreek in water for 3 hours. Add salt and jaggery to taste. Grind it into a pancake batter consistency. Some grated coconut could be added while grinding too. Heat oil in a pan. Deep fry small discs out of this batter until they turn golden brown and consume when hot. This turns out very tasty. The excess oil could be removed using a tissue.
Roast 1 part cumin seeds, 2 parts mustard seeds, 4 cloves, 2 spoons carom seeds and grind it into a powder. Add salt and mix this powder with 2 cups of cut raw mango pieces. Heat oil in a pan and roast half part of fenugreek until aromatic and dark brown. Allow it to cool down and add it to the mango mixture. Store it in an airtight container and allow the fenugreek, salt, spices and oil flavours to blend for 4 days. This is very tasty and helpful for diabetics.