If you are wondering what fenugreek is, it is a green leafy vegetable that grows from fenugreek seeds (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fenugreek). It is called ‘Methi‘ in Hindi and “Menthya” in Kannada. Fresh green leaves of the plant, yellowish-brown seeds, fine powder made from methi seeds and dried leaves are all used in Indian cooking and other world cuisines.Wikipedia tells me that it is used as a herbal treatment in diabetes, it increases milk production in lactating mums and can help alleviate constipation. Go little herb, go!
- Rasam is spicy and is always served hot enough that the steam hits your nostrils with the aromas of the dish. A good rasam is one that makes you nose leak after you eat/drink it. Hence, it is an amazing remedy for blocked sinuses more powerful than steam inhalation or Vicks Vaporub.
- If you are cold and don’t have a heater to hug, a mug of hot rasam will fix you right up.
- Avoid rasam if you have any stomach upsets because the spice will only make it worse.