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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Methi baingan [Eggplants in fenugreek leaves] -a wonder veggy treat


The use of fenugreek as a spice has been a culture since ages in the Indian cuisine.  Available in the Northern as well as Western India , fenugreek is also used as a medicinal component and relieves pains resulting from arthritis. Moreover, the consumption of methi leaves in lactating women has been a common practice. This dish Methi baingan is a very popular item and a very delicious vegetarian treat. This dish can be cooked in the minimum amount of edible oil and proves to be a very good healthy treat. Lets see the method of preparation.

Ingredients: 

Methi leaves [Fenugreek]( 4 bundles, normal size available in the market)
Tomatoes (2 big sized grated)
Ginger-garlic paste ( 1 teaspoon)
Turmeric powder ( 1/2 teaspoon)
Green chillies
Brinjal [Eggplants] (1 big sized chopped into medium pieces)
Salt as per taste
Oil for cooking.

Procedure:  The methi leaves procured from the market should be farm fresh. It should be washed properly under running water and then again with boiling water , so as to avoid the contamination with bacteria, virus and thereby any hindrance to further sickness. Chop the leaves into smaller pieces. Take 2 teaspoon oil in a container and add the methi leaves to it. Cook for 10 minutes till the leaves become soft and releases water. I should say that minimum amount of oil should be used in this dish. Remove the cooked leaves and keep aside. Heat oil in a container and dash tomatoes and the chopped eggplants in it. Cook for 5-7 minutes till they become soft. Add ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, salt to the content and mix well with the help of a spatula. Add the already cooked methi leaves and 1/2 cup water and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. You can add green chillies slit from in between for garnishing and to bring about your desired hot taste. I should say that the flavor and the green color is really mind boggling.

This dish can be served with chapatis/steaming rice. The application of small amount of mustard sauce will add a different level in the taste factor. For people who are struggling to shed those extra kilos, this dish is a must and nutritious. Consumption of green leaves are very good for the eye sight  and I will advice that growing kids should be given almost on a regular basis. Enjoy healthy food, enjoy shedding the extra kilos, look beautiful , feel good from inside.



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