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 Post subject: Fresh Fenugreek?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:41 pm 
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I bought a bunch of fresh fenugreek leaves as big as my head at the Farmer's Market on Sunday. Now I'm not quite sure what to do with them; I know I have recipes somewhere that use these, but I'm having trouble finding them, and EYB is no help.

So, help?

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 Post subject: Re: Fresh Fenugreek?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:30 am 
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Dal Methiwali?

Dal Methiwali

2/3 cup channa dal
2 cups water
1 small onion
¼ inch piece fresh ginger
salt, to taste
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
2 tablespoons dried fenugreek leaves
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon ghee or butter
½ teaspoon cumin seed
1 pinch crushed asafetida (optional)
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon ground coriander seed
¼ teaspoon garam masala
1 tablespoon lemon juice

1. Wash the split peas, place them and the water in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, and let soak for 30 minutes. Chop the onion and ginger finely. Add to the soaked lentils along with the salt, turmeric, and fenugreek leaves. Bring to boil over high heat, cover, reduce heat to very low, and cook for 45 minutes. Remove from the heat.

2. Chop the garlic finely. In a small pan or butter warmer over medium heat, warm the ghee. Add the cumin and asafetida (if used). When the spices darken (1 to 2 seconds), add the chopped garlic and cook until lightly browned. Remove from the heat and quickly add the cayenne and coriander. Stir for 1 second, than pour this mixture, including the ghee, into the lentil mixture. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Mix in the garam masala and lemon juice, and serve.

This is my favorite dal. I used make it all the time when I lived with the vegetarian boyfriend. It's great with any kind of bread, but zucchini and onion parathas are my favorite. The original recipe called for half dhuli urad dal and half channa dal, but I couldn't get the split gram beans at the time, so I just used the channa and got used to it that way.


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 Post subject: Re: Fresh Fenugreek?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:43 pm 
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Give to a lactating mother? TMI?


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 Post subject: Re: Fresh Fenugreek?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 3:26 pm 
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660 Curries has several recipes calling for fresh or frozen only - he said dried won't do in those recipes, as it is the main flavor. And while dried fenugreek is called for in small amounts in many of his recopes, as a seasoning, these had 2 cups of fresh!

Ill see if I can find them.

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