Kasuri methi is the dried version of the fresh fenugreek leaves. This power-packed ingredient serves as a garnish in countless dishes. It’s addition to any dish adds a finishing touch to the dish, making it restaurant-like in a single instance. Dried methi, methi seeds and fresh methi are all frequently used in Indian cooking.
Fenugreek is a superfood like no other. Its nutritional benefits include important vitamins and nutrients including vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin. Fenugreek leaves also contain potassium, iron and calcium. It is also a source of dietary fiber and protein. Fenugreek leaves have a great effect on blood lipid levels. Those suffering from lipid fluctuations benefit hugely from this herb. An everyday method to consume methi - Place a few methi leaves in water and leave it overnight. Next morning, strain the water and consume it. Methi is also beneficial in reducing blemishes and marks on the skin.
Kasuri methi is a handy ingredient which is often under-used in our kitchens. It can act as a main ingredient, lending the dish its distinctive flavour and aroma. As the dominant flavour of kasuri methi is bitter, it is important to use it judiciously ensuring that it complements the flavours of the dish instead of overpowering the other key ingredients.
There are many dishes that use kasuri methi as a key ingredient. Here’s a look at some of the easiest recipes.
Besan Chilla With Kasuri Methi
Besan Chilla is one of the quickest snacks to make at home. High quality pure besan is a great source of protein, making besan chilla ideal for your breakfast table. Spices such as red chili powder, turmeric, and hing are usually added to the besan mixture to add taste. To make this standard recipe more interesting, add kasuri methi to batter along with the spices. It will not only make the besan chilla tastier, it will also increase the nutritional benefits of the dish. Tata Sampann’s Moong Dal Chilla Mix gives you the perfect healthy batter to try this recipe.
Baby Potatoes with Kasuri Methi
A dash of kasuri methi while stir-frying boiled baby potatoes with cumin can add a twist to the traditional jeera aloo. Sprinkle kasuri methi with spices such as cumin powder, red chilli powder, dry mango powder and coriander powder while making jeera aloo to turn it into a delicious sabzi which can be served with hot puris.
Kasuri Methi Paratha
While the methi thepla is a timeless Gujarati snack, you can make your everyday meals interesting by adding a pinch of kasuri methi to the plain paratha dough. Turn it into a laccha paratha or simply roll it like a roti, either way it will taste delicious. Pack this paratha with a tangy mango achar in the tiffin to serve it as a mid-day snack for your children. Kasuri methi can easily replace the fresh greens in the traditional thepla recipe as well.
Apart from these easy dishes, kasuri methi can be added to gravies to add a unique flavour. Whether it is the simple matar paneer or creamy chicken gravy, kasuri methi is a delicious addition. Maintain the authenticity and unique flavours of your dish by using Tata Sampann Kasuri Methi which contains fenugreek leaves which are handpicked, sterilized, naturally dried and packaged to protect freshness and taste.
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