Thursday, July 1, 2010

Think Spice - Think Fenugreek

Hello friends,


This is going to be a very happening month in my blog. This is my second event that I am hosting this month. 


I would like to thank Sunita for allowing me to host it this month. It is such an amazing event, which delves into individual spices that we use on a regular basis and brings the best out of in not just as a spice but as an ingredient in our cooking.


This month, the star spice is Fenugreek. When we think of fenugreek, we think of bitter seeds and kind of bitter leaves. But, have we ever thought how much variety this spice brings into our cuisine. My recipes practically cannot finish, if I don't garnish it with some form of fenugreek (my favorite is dry fenugreek leaves).


So, mainly we use fenugreek  in 3 forms - Its Green leaves, dry leaves and seeds. So, use your imagination and cook up a wonderful recipe :)


Fenugreek is not mere a taste enhancer or a spice, but has many benefits. 



Fenugreek seeds are a rich source of the polysaccharide galactomannan. They are also a source of saponins such as diosgenin, yamogenin, gitogenin, tigogenin, and neotigogens. Other bioactive constituents of fenugreek include mucilage, volatile oils, and alkaloids such as choline and trigonelline.

Fenugreek seeds are used as a herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine which warms and tonifies kidneys, disperses cold and alleviates pain.

Fenugreek is frequently used in the production of flavoring for artificial maple syrups. The taste of toasted fenugreek, like cumin, is additionally based on substituted pyrazines. By itself, fenugreek has a bitter taste.

Fenugreek seed is widely used as a galactagogue (milk producing agent) by nursing mothers to increase inadequate breast milk supply. Studies have shown that fenugreek is a potent stimulator of breastmilk production and its use was associated with increases in milk production of as much as 900%.




Here are the simple rules of this event:

1. Prepare any vegetarian dish using any of the forms of feungreek and post between now and July 31st. (Only vegetarian entries are allowed and no form of meat is allowed, 
, eggs are only allowed in baking).
2. Please linkback to  this event announcement and Sunitha's World page. Use of Logo is appreciated.

3. Email me at priya.mitharwal@gmail.com with Subject Think Spice - Think Fenugreek and following details.

- Your Name
- Blog name
- Recipe Name
- Recipe URL
- Picture with size 300 x 300 pixels

4. Archived entries should be reposted with event linked back.
5. Non-bloggers too can participate in this event, send in your recipe by email with or without a photograph.
6. Multiple entries are accepted.
7. Round up will be posted in August. 

28 comments:

Kiran said...

Happy hosting to you one more time.Love to participate in this delicious event.Count me in.

Niloufer Riyaz said...

Happy hosting!! Count me in

Nithu Bala said...

Nice choice for Think spice event..will send you entries..happy hosting Dear..

Nithu Bala said...

Nice choice for Think spice event..will send you entries..happy hosting Dear..

Satya said...

happy hosting priya ...one more wonderful event u r hosting ...as fenugreek leaves we use in so many dishes but through this event i am sure ,we will get so many innovative recipes...very perfect theme

Sweet Artichoke said...

One more great event that you are hosting! Looking forward to eating more fenugreek!!

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

great theme divya....wonderful event..count me in

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice event priya, will surely send in some entries...

Suja Sugathan said...

Happy hosting Priya..wonderful,count me in:)

PJ said...

Nice choice of spice..I have some recipes for u..Happy hosting

PJ said...

Nice choice of spice..I have some recipes for u..Happy hosting

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

sorry dear by mistake i typed wrong name..sorry priya..i apolozize...ok..back to the event..r older entries allowed and can b reposted..

Swathi said...

Happy hosting priya.

Priya said...

Excellent theme, will send my entries..

Neha said...

interesting event..I may send some entries..

suma said...

Nice event!! Will send my entry!!

veena krishnakumar said...

happy hosting priya, will send my entries soon

Mina Joshi said...

First timer to your blog. You have a lovely blog!! And you are one busy lady hosting all these events. I would love to take part in your Fenucreek event.

Mina
www.givemesomespice.com.

Nags said...

didn't know about your event, thanks for the tip in my blog. have sent you my entry :)

sonu said...

hey priya..first time here,u have lovely space,lovely event,pls do count me in,glad to follow u :)
pls do chk my blog if u get some time..
thanx and cheers
sonal.
www.sonu-palatecorner.blogspot.com

Rachana said...

Hey Priya,
Are eggs allowed?

Reshmi said...

hi priya,

first time here! nice blog n nice theme.. Will try to post my entries.. Happy Hosting

aipi said...

I love methi... nice event ,will send my entry..!!

Priti said...

Priya, sent my entry :)

nivedita said...

Hi Priya,
It did not came in my mind that I can send fenugreek leaves recipe to your event. I thought the event is only with seeds. Thanks for reminding me. My entry will reach you now!
All the best.

Vinaya said...

Hi Priya,

I have posted a write-up on growing fresh fenugreek at home. It doesnt come with a recipe so am not sure whether it can be included in your round-up. Here's a link to the post:
http://foodtravelbooksandmore.blogspot.com/2010/07/container-gardening-fresh-fenugreek.html

By the way, this is my first visit to your blog..you have a lovely space :)

Vinaya

veena krishnakumar said...

hi priya
just sent in my entry

Gexton said...

It looks really amazing!! I have to try it!! Thanks for sharing :-)
sesame seeds
fennel seeds

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