If you look for raw Fenugreek Leaves recipe then I am sure you will love this Fenugreek Leaves sambola recipe. This is how we eat Fenugreek Leaves, Uluhal Kola or Methi leaves in our home. Usually in Sri Lankan cuisine, fenugreek seeds or Uluhal are used as a spice to make the food delicious. But in Indian cuisine, methi leaves are popular in their food preparations. Some of popular Fenugreek Leaves recipes include Aloo Methi and Methi Dal. However as a Sri Lankan, I love to add green leaves in raw salad recipes or as we called in Sri Lanka, in sambola recipes. This is why I wanted to try fenugreek leaves in a Sri Lankan style salad recipe.
This Fenugreek Leaves Salad is almost similar to Sri Lankan gotu kola sambola or Thebu kola sambola recipe. It tastes bit bitter. But, if you like eating Thebu Kola or even Aguna Kola sambolaya, then you will admire this Uluhal kola sambolaya forting the light bitterness.
Where to Buy Fenugreek leaves (Methi Leaves) ?
In Singapore, you can easily buy methi leaves, fenugreek leaves or Uluhal kola in Little India wet markets. Tekka Market is one of the popular places to buy fenugreek leaves. In other countries, check Indian grocery shops for this leaves. You can at least get a clue on where to buy Fenugreek leaves when you talk to a Indian grocery shop or your Indian friend.
How to grow Uluhal Kola at home? How to grow Fenugreek leaves at home?
Usually it is easy to buy Fenugreek leaves or Methi leaves from Indian shops. However as per my understanding, in Sri Lanka this Methi leaves are not popular as a food ingredient. Therefore you may like to grow some fenugreek leaves at home.
Here is how to grow methi leaves at home.
Anyway, I do not share about growing medium and gardening tips completely. Simply, soak some fresh fenugreek seeds overnight in water. Prepare your soil medium that suits for planting seeds. Sow your fenugreek seeds. Watch it grow. Once fenugreek leaves are grown well, it is ready to harvest.
Health Benefits of Fenugreek Leaves
Fenugreek leaves has health benefits including its ability to lower blood sugar. Therefore it is known as a diabetic friendly recipe. Fenugreek is also a choice for breastfeeding moms due to its ability to improving breast milk supply. However you have to consume in moderation as anything over use is not suitable. Also consult your doctor for health advice as I am not a health advisor or health professional. These are some traditionally passed down ideas regarding health benefits of fenugreek leaves.
How to prepare Fenugreek Leaves Salad? ( Uluhal Kola Sambolaya / Methi Leaves salad)
Recipe: Fenugreek Leaves Salad / (Uluhal Kola Sambola/Methi Leaves Sambola)
Ingredients (for 3-4 servings)
1 Bunch of Fenugreek Leaves (Methi Leaves)
½ cup fresh grated coconut
3-4 small red onion/shallots sliced
2-3 green chili sliced
Salt to taste
1 tbspn lime juice
Wash and clean Fenugreek Leaves. Remove the end of stems if those are more mature and hard.
Slice Fenugreek Leaves in to very thin pieces.
Slice onion and green chili.
In a bowl, mix fresh coconut, onion, green chili and salt together with lime juice. Add sliced Fenugreek Leaves on it. Mix all together.
A delicious raw Fenugreek Leaves salad is ready to serve.
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Fenugreek Leaves Salad / (Uluhal Kola Sambola/Methi Leaves Sambola)
- 1 Bunch Fenugreek leaves
- 1/2 cup Fresh grated coconut
- 4 Nos Small red onions
- 3 Nos Green Chili
- 1 tbspn Lime Juice
- Salt to taste
- Wash and clean Fenugreek Leaves. Remove the end of stems if
those are more mature and hard.Drain water.Slice Fenugreek Leaves in to very thin pieces. Slice onion and green chili.In a bowl, mix fresh coconut, onion, green chili and salt
together with lime juice. Add sliced Fenugreek Leaves on it. Mix all together.A delicious raw Fenugreek Leaves salad is ready to serve.
Do you cook methi leaves or Uluhal kola?Please share your thoughts on this recipe.