Fabulous Fenugreek

This is a great spice to use for winter colds as it is excellent in helping clear up mucus conditions.
It is also known as the childbirth spice, in India new mother’s are given sugared balls of nuts, seeds and dried fruits flavoured with fenugreek for forty days  after birth as Fenugreek is known to aid lactation. It also has digestive qualities and helps with flatulence.  

Use the seeds to make into a tea or gargle. They are antiseptic and will help sore throats and clear up post nasal drip. Use a teaspoon of seeds in 2 cups of boiling water. Boil until one cup of water is left. Strain the seeds, cool and drink. Add lemon or honey if desired.

QUICK VEGETABLE PICKLE
(serves 4)

INGREDIENTS

150G CARROTS CUT IN STRIPS
150G FRENCH BEANS HALVED LENGTHWAYS
150G CAULIFLOWER BROKEN INTO FLORETS
1 TEASPOON EACH OF TURMERIC POWDER, CHILLI POWDER AND SUGAR
PINCH OF ASAFOETIDA OR SUBSTITUTE WITH A CLOVE OF CHOPPED GARLIC
PINCH OF SALT
4 TEASPOONS LEMON JUICE
1 TABLESPOON OF SUNFLOWER OIL
1 TEASPOON EACH OF BLACK MUSTARD SEEDS AND FENUGREEK SEEDS

METHOD
Mix the vegetables with all the ingredients up to the sunflower oil and leave to stand. Heat the oil in a small pan once hot, add mustard seeds, when they pop, add fenugreek seeds and fry until they are dark. Remove and cool. Grind coarsely then add to the vegetables mixing well. Store in an airtight bottle, refrigerate and use within a month.

Recipe adapted from The Indian Pantry by Monisha Bharadwa

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