3 Ways to Use Greek Hay Seeds

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3 Ways to Use Greek Hay Seeds
3 Ways to Use Greek Hay Seeds

Fenugreek or methi seeds, used in India and elsewhere for health benefits, have spread across the world for uses in alternative medicine. Unfortunately, they also come with a bitter taste of burnt sugar, so it's important to roast them first on the stove to neutralize this taste. The seeds are also infused into boiling water to flavor tea or crushed and used as a seasoning in many foods, including curry dishes.


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  • 2 garlic cloves;
  • 1 piece of fresh ginger;
  • 4 dried chilis;
  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric;
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt;
  • 3 tablespoons of peanut oil;
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste;
  • 2 fresh chilis;
  • 1 small handful of fresh cilantro;
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper;
  • 4 blackheads;
  • 2 teaspoons of coriander seeds;
  • 2 teaspoons of fennel seeds;
  • 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds.


Method 1 of 3: Cooking Fenugreek Seeds

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Step 1. Soak the seeds in water overnight

This Step is optional, but you can reduce the burnt flavor of the seeds by soaking them. It's very easy - all you need is a bowl of water. Leave them to soak overnight, and when you get up in the morning, dry them.

Some people like to drink the water used to soak the seeds. If you're willing to sample this flavor for the health benefits it provides, including digestive problems and inflammation, feel free to use the water

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Step 2. Heat a skillet over medium heat until warm

The seeds will burn quickly, so don't set the heat too high. After a minute or two, the skillet will be heated up and ready.

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Step 3. Place the seeds in the skillet

You don't even need oil to fry them! Simply add the dry seeds, filling them enough to spread them well to the bottom of the skillet. Form a homogeneous layer so that all receive the heat that will make them well toasted.

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Step 4. Stir so they don't burn

Stir the contents of the pan constantly – don't leave anything standing in there. Use a wooden spoon to stir and prevent the seeds from burning.

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Step 5. Toast them until the color darkens

After a few minutes, the seeds will have an even shade of dark brown. Remove them as soon as they look the way you expected. A lighter roast removes some of the bitter taste, but if you let them roast too long, they can get even more bitter.

Clear seeds are commonly used for subzis and dals in Indian cooking. Darker ones can be used in marsalas

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Step 6. Grind the seeds to form a powdered seasoning

They are used whole by many people, but they can also be crushed and mixed with other spices, including in garam masala recipes. Either toasted or unroasted can be used, but toast has more flavor. You will need a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder to grind them into a powder.

Method 2 of 3: Making Fenugreek Tea

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Step 1. Place a teaspoon of seeds in a teapot

Fenugreek tea is made similarly to other teas. For starters, all you need is a teaspoon of the raw seeds in the teapot.

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Step 2. Pour boiling water over the seeds

Boil water as usual – use a kettle or heat the water in the microwave, it's up to you. When it's hot, pour it into the teapot.

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Step 3. Let the tea brew for five minutes

Time flies and after all this work, it's time to take a well-deserved break. After three minutes, the water will have started to absorb the flavor of the seeds. However, let them continue to infuse for five to ten minutes. The resulting tea will look like black tea because of the nutty flavor, which is much better than drinking water in which the seeds have soaked.

The tea can be changed any way you like. Some tea fans like to add milk or honey. Others like to infuse the tea with the seeds and leaves

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Step 4. Sift the seeds

It may seem obvious, but don't swallow the seeds when drinking tea. Place a strainer over the cup and filter the water through. The sieve shouldn't be hard to find, so look where kitchen utensils are sold.

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Step 5. Reuse the seeds to make another cup of tea

Perhaps you enjoyed the tea so much that you want another cup. Or maybe you take it often because of the health benefits. Fortunately, you can make another cup by adding the seeds back to a fresh batch of hot water and putting your hand in the dough.

Method 3 of 3: Cooking vindoloo paste

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Step 1. Peel the garlic and ginger

Garlic is the spice of life; take two teeth and remove the shell. Even if you've purchased already peeled garlic, you'll still need to work on the ginger. Use a sharp knife to remove the bark - all you need is a portion the size of your thumb. Slice or grate the ginger, but not your thumb.

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Step 2. Place a skillet over medium or high heat

You won't be able to get rid of the stove, no matter how you try to use the seeds. Again, high heat may end up burning the spice before you can use it. Leave the skillet on the fire for a minute or two to warm up a little. Longer than that can end up infesting the whole house with the smell of burnt spice.

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Step 3. Roast garlic and ginger until golden

The aromas of the spices will make you hungry, but hang in there! Wait and watch them, as in a few minutes they will turn golden. Remove skillet from heat and remove seasoning.

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Step 4. Place ingredients in a food processor

Add a teaspoon of whole fenugreek seeds. You will also need four dried chilis, two fresh chilis and two tablespoons of tomato paste. Season with a tablespoon of turmeric, half a tablespoon of sea salt, three tablespoons of peanut oil, a small handful of fresh cilantro, a teaspoon of black pepper, four cloves, two tablespoons of coriander seed tea, two teaspoons of fennel seeds and garlic and ginger.

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Step 5. Grind ingredients in food processor

The appliance may not be what you'd expect to use to finish your food, but it's the easiest way to combine all the ingredients. Mix them together to form a smooth paste. When you are finished watching the swirls in the food processor, place the paste on any meat you cook.


  • Fenugreek seeds are safe for most people, but tell your doctor if you consume them regularly.
  • These seeds can interfere with blood clotting and diabetes medications. Monitor your blood sugar and have blood tests regularly to see if there are any changes.

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