Health Benefits of Venthiyam (Fenugreek)
Venthiyam (fenugreek) are small yellow seeds that are used widely in Tamil cooking and home remedies. It is used to treat a variety of ailments including dandruff, menstrual cramps, blood sugar and anemia. It has also been used to treat cholesterol and cardiovascular diseases. Here are some ways to get the best out of fenugreek:
Dandruff Hair Mask
If you have dandruff, venthiyam is really effective at getting rid of it. It can be a bit messy, but totally worth it. To make a hair mask, simply blend dry-roasted fenugreek seeds into a powder, mix with milk and apply it on your scalp and hair for 30 minutes and wash off with regular shampoo. Do this a few times, and then once every week to keep dandruff at bay. This will also help your hair looking glossy. Venthiyam is also said to help prevent premature greying of hair.
Controlling Blood Sugar
One of the most cited used for venthiyam is for controlling blood sugar. This is great for people who are diabetic, or pre-diabetic to help control their sugar. Many scientific studies have tested fenugreek, and had found it to be effective in controlling blood sugar for patients with mild type 2 diabetes. The best way to to do this is to soak 1 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in half cup of water overnight and drink this (seeds too!) in the morning, first thing. Do this for a few months and will notice a change. Consult your doctor, especially if you are taking other medication to lower your blood sugar.
Venthiyam is effective is soothing skin inflammations, especially acne and pimples. Dry roast the seeds, grind it into a paste, add some turmeric and milk and apply this to your face for half an hour and then wash it off.
Venthiyam in Curry
A simple way to ensure you include venthiyam in your diet is to add it to curry. It is bitter, so you don’t want to add too much, but adding some seeds to curry can help you reap some of the benefits. I find that venthiyam tastes great especially in fish curry and crab curry.
Dry-roasting the seeds lightly before using it will help release the benefits and aroma of the spice.