Beyond these uses, fenugreek is also a popular spice used to add a slightly sweet and nutty flavor to various dishes.
It’s this ingredient that makes your home-cooked chicken curry or lentil stew taste exactly like its restaurant counterparts.
You’ll also be interested to know that fenugreek:
- Can be used as a herb or a spice
- Is incredibly bitter when eaten raw
- Has the aroma of maple syrup
- Can be processed into powders, oils, soaps, and capsules
It’s easy to see why Indian, North African, and Middle Eastern cuisines use fenugreek: no other spice can match its complex flavor.
1 – Adding Fenugreek to Curry and Sauces
As we mentioned above, you can use fenugreek as a herb or a spice.
- Fenugreek leaves (herb) are available fresh, dried, or frozen.
- Fenugreek seeds (spice) are available whole or ground into powder.
You can use fresh fenugreek leaves to flavor curries, soups, dry rubs, and sauces. Alternatively, you can use dried leaves as a last-minute addition when cooking the dishes below since fenugreek leaves retain most of their flavor even when dried.
You can also toss fenugreek leaves and sprouts into salads and other vegetable dishes to enhance their flavor.
Fenugreek seeds, however, benefit from longer cooking because they:
- Are extremely bitter when raw
- Can be hard to chew when raw
- Infuse better with other flavors when cooked for long
Therefore, when cooking chicken curry or lentil stew, we recommend that you start with fenugreek seeds and finish with either fresh or dried leaves. This method will give your food a distinct combination of long-heated and barely-cooked aromas.
To reduce their bitterness and further bring out their flavor, dry-roast fenugreek seeds in a pan for a few minutes (until they turn brown) before tossing them in your curry when you start cooking.
Adding a squeeze of lemon or lime juice towards the end of your cooking can also help to neutralize any bitter aftertaste and further draw out all the complex flavors in fenugreek.
Keep in mind that using too much fenugreek can make your food overwhelmingly bitter.
Add a little at a time and pair it with other strong aromatics like cumin, paprika, coriander, cardamom, pepper, and clove for the best results.
Here are a few fenugreek spice blends and recipe ideas you can try:
- Garam Masala: This is a popular Indian spice blend that’s typically made with cumin, coriander, cardamom, bay leaves, cinnamon, mace, black pepper, and cloves. Fenugreek is an excellent addition to this blend as it balances the flavors, bringing a subtle sweetness and bitterness into your curries and soups.
- Chutney: Because it’s redolent of burnt sugar, you can combine fenugreek leaves with red chilies, garlic, tamarind, and jaggery to make Indian chutney and serve it with roti or paratha. The bitterness in fenugreek goes well with the spicy, sweet, and sour ingredients in chutney.
- Indian Potato Curry: Add chopped fenugreek leaves to a sautéed potato mixture together with coriander, cumin, turmeric, and red chilies and serve alongside rice or roti.
But this spice does so much more than add flavor to your food.
As you’ll see in the table below, there are a lot of healthy nutrients you can get from just a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds:
|Nutrients In 3.7 Grams Of Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek also contains minerals such as sodium, iron, calcium, and magnesium as well as traces of vitamins A, B-6, and C.
2 – Fenugreek Capsules
Out of all the methods of consuming fenugreek, we found capsules to be the best because:
- Fenugreek capsules have a longer shelf life compared to fenugreek seeds and leaves.
- It’s easier to standardize the dosage of fenugreek capsules than leaves and seeds.
- Capsules don’t need any preparation, all you have to do is take a pill with water.
- High-quality fenugreek capsules are packed with vital nutrients and vitamins to help you manage symptoms of menopause such as mood swings.
While the right way to store fenugreek seeds is inside an airtight container in a cool, dry, and dark place, you can only keep them fresh for up to 6 months with this method. It’s even harder to keep fenugreek leaves fresh unless you dry or freeze them.
Fenugreek capsules, by contrast, exist in compressed, solid, and stable forms and thus have a very long shelf life.
Our Bust Bunny Breast Enhancement capsules last as long as a year, but because they’re so effective, our customers typically finish their first bottle within 3 months and immediately purchase another one:
“Today I am finishing my third bottle of Bust Bunny…I have ordered another three-month supply.”
Our vegan-friendly fenugreek capsules are enhanced with other non-GMO ingredients such as flax seed, hops, wild yam root, black cohosh, all of which work to give you fuller breasts without risking your health. We’ve also incorporated vitamin C to give you healthier skin and boost your immune system.
All you have to do is take two capsules daily (each is 600 mg) with 8–16 ounces of water. We recommend that you start with this dose and work your way up until either:
- You’re taking three capsules daily
- Your sweat and urine start to smell like maple syrup
Although you can take our fenugreek capsules at any time, we suggest taking them after you eat. Some of our customers have noticed that they get a slight stomach ache after taking fenugreek on an empty stomach or don’t drink enough water with the pill.
“I don’t have pain to my stomach but do feel acid sometimes when I don’t drink enough water… Drink lots of water.”
3 – Fenugreek Tea
There’s nothing like a bittersweet cup of fenugreek tea first thing in the morning. It’s an excellent source of vitamins and minerals and the distinctive maple syrup aroma and flavor will leave you wanting more.
To make fenugreek tea, follow these steps:
- Lightly crush one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds for each cup of tea (240 mL) you want to brew.
- Place the seeds into a pot together with any other herbs you want to use.
- Add 1 cup of water (240 mL) for each teaspoon of fenugreek and let it simmer for 2–3 minutes.
- Allow the tea to steep for an additional 10 minutes after turning off the heat.
- Add a sweetener of your choice and milk (optional) and serve hot or cold.
You can mix fenugreek seeds with loose tea leaves or herbs like cinnamon to give your tea a different flavor. To make fenugreek tea using its leaves, all you have to do is:
- Grind ½ cup (12 g) of fresh or dry fenugreek leaves using a pestle and mortar.
- Add 1 cup (240 mL) of hot boiling water to the leaves, cover, and let them steep for three minutes.
- Strain the tea into a cup.
- Enjoy the tea with honey or any sweetener of your choice.
Since fenugreek seeds are tough, they take longer to brew compared to leaves. To save time, soak a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in a cup (240 mL) of water overnight, sieve the water the next morning, and drink it warm or cold on an empty stomach.
Fenugreek tea is caffeine-free, and when combined with other herbs like fennel seeds and cinnamon, it can help you relax as well as grow bigger breasts naturally.
Fenugreek tea can also help you:
- Improve digestion
- Reduce inflammation
- Keep up your heart rate
- Lose weight
Expert Tip: Only drink fenugreek tea up to 3 times a day. Too much will stunt the development of your boobs.
4 – Soaked and Sprouted Fenugreek Seeds
You already know how to add fenugreek seeds and leaves to curry and sauces for that extra punch of flavor, but did you also know that you can eat raw fenugreek seeds?
Eating a tablespoon of soaked fenugreek seeds every day on an empty stomach can help you:
- Stimulate weight loss
- Ease digestive issues like constipation
- Grow bigger breasts naturally
- Lower your cholesterol levels
However, since fenugreek seeds are incredibly bitter when raw, we recommend that you eat soaked or sprouted seeds, which are a little easier on your taste buds.
For soaked fenugreek seeds:
- Place ½ cup of whole fenugreek seeds in a bowl.
- Pour 1 cup (240 mL) of warm water over the seeds.
- Allow the seeds to soak overnight.
- Strain the water (you can drink this water) and store the seeds in your fridge for up to 5 days.
- Eat the seeds first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
For sprouted fenugreek seeds:
- Soak ½ cup of whole fenugreek seeds in 1 cup (240 mL) of warm water overnight.
- Drain the excess water in the morning (you can drink this water).
- Dampen a piece of muslin cloth with warm water and fold the seeds inside this cloth.
- Leave the seeds to sprout for 3–4 days and store the sprouts in your fridge for up to 1 week.
- Eat the sprouts first thing in the morning on an empty stomach or toss them in your salads.
Expand Your Palate With Fenugreek
So there you have it: some of the easier ways you can include fenugreek in your diet. The undeniable benefits of this natural herb remain whether you cook it in your curry, drink it in your tea, or take one of our Bust Bunny Breast Enhancement capsules.
Remember to consult your doctor before ingesting fenugreek especially if you’re allergic to peanuts or peas because there’s considerable cross-reactivity between these plants.
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