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Fenugreek Leaves / Methi Stir Fry – Diabetic food

Fenugreek or Methi leaves are regularly consumed by Indians for its health benefits.

Methi is high in fiber and slightly bitter in taste. Foods that are bitter in taste are usually good for controlling blood sugar in diabetics. Methi leaves are not as bitter as bitter gourd / karela. It is slightly bitter and usually cooked along with dal or added to roti dough or adai batter to mask the bitter taste.

Fenugreek leaves - Menthi or Menthi dal stir fry -Diabetic control

Methi leaves also help relieve menstrual cramps if consumed regularly.

If you are living in a tropical country, include this regularly to keep your body cool.

This is a stir fry recipe that can be had as a side dish for rice. Methi is rich in fiber and since the dish also has moong bean that is high in protein, rice and methi stir fry can be considered a well balanced meal.

Ingredients

Wash moong dal under pipe

Fenugreek leaves - Menthi or Menthi dal stir fry -Diabetic control

Soak moong dhal in a bowl of hot water first. Let it soak and soften while you get the other ingredients ready. This will reduce cooking time.

Fenugreek leaves - Menthi or Menthi dal stir fry -Diabetic control

Cleaning menthi leaves takes time. So it is not advisable to cook it during morning rush hour.  :mrgreen: Clean it while watching TV or assisting children with homework and refrigerate it in air tight boxes.

A bundle of menthi leaves is enough for a family of 4.

Fenugreek leaves - Menthi or Menthi dal stir fry -Diabetic control

Before placing it on the chopping board, chop off the roots and thick stem that usually has some garden mud.

Fenugreek leaves - Menthi or Menthi dal stir fry -Diabetic control

I usually wash the leaves twice. You can skip this step and directly go to the next step and wash later. Purely personal preference.

Completely immerse the greens in water for effective cleaning. Use a tall vessel if necessary. The greens should not be floating as shown in the picture. Press with your hand so it gets washed and the sand settles down to the bottom.

After washing scoop out the greens without disturbing the sand that has settled at the bottom.

Fenugreek leaves - Menthi or Menthi dal stir fry -Diabetic control

How to clean Menthi / Methi leaves

Unlike other greens like spinach, methi stalks are really strong and will not become soft when cooked. Some people only use the leaves. I include the thin stalks when I make stir fry.

But when I add methi leaves to Adai batter or Chapathi dough, I use only the leaves.

Discard the thick stalk – Red arrow in picture points to this.

Use the thinner stalks – Green arrows point to them.

Fenugreek leaves - Menthi or Menthi dal stir fry -Diabetic control

Once the stalks are removed,

Fenugreek leaves - Menthi or Menthi dal stir fry -Diabetic control

Wash the leaves again.

Fenugreek leaves - Menthi or Menthi dal stir fry -Diabetic control

Chop them or use them as such.

Fenugreek leaves - Menthi or Menthi dal stir fry -Diabetic control

Ingredients for tempering

Medium sized onion – 1 chopped

Coriander leaves

Red chilli – 1 or 2

Urad dal / black gram dal – 1 teaspoon

Mustard seeds – 1 /2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Fenugreek leaves - Menthi or Menthi dal stir fry -Diabetic control

Method

Heat oil and add mustard seeds and when it has stopped spluttering, add red chilli, cumin seeds followed by urad dal.

Fenugreek leaves - Menthi or Menthi dal stir fry -Diabetic control

Then add onions and stir fry till they are cooked.

Fenugreek leaves - Menthi or Menthi dal stir fry -Diabetic control

Pour the water used for soaking dal and bring it to a boil. When it comes to a rolling boil, add the dhal too.

Fenugreek leaves - Menthi or Menthi dal stir fry -Diabetic control

Cook covered for a few minutes till the moong dal is cooked. If necessary, sprinkle some water.

Fenugreek leaves - Menthi or Menthi dal stir fry -Diabetic control

Now the dal is cooked. It is not too soggy and not too crunchy.

Fenugreek leaves - Menthi or Menthi dal stir fry -Diabetic control

Now add the menthi leaves

Fenugreek leaves - Menthi or Menthi dal stir fry -Diabetic control

Stir fry till the leaves are cooked. Add necessary amount of salt. No need to add water. The water that oozes out of the greens is enough.

Fenugreek leaves - Menthi or Menthi dal stir fry -Diabetic control

Healthy and tasty menthi stir fry is ready. Goes well with steamed rice. Enjoy!!

Fenugreek leaves - Menthi or Menthi dal stir fry -Diabetic control

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