What are fenugreek seeds called in Tamil

Look:  An annual herb up to 50 centimeters high. The flowers are pale yellow and stand individually or in pairs in the leaf axils. The legume itself contains 4 to 20 very hard seeds, yellow-brown seeds in an irregular, square shape.Flowering time:  June to AugustHarvest time:   The herb is harvested before flowering, sprouts 3-5 days after germination.Parts used:  Herb, seeds, sproutsIngredients:   Mucilages, proteins, free amino acids, fats, sterols, steroid saponins, trigonelline and the trace elements selenium, essential oils in small amounts and chromiumUse in homeopathy:   The ripe, dried seeds are used. It has a blood sugar and cholesterol lowering effect.Popular usage:  Fenugreek seeds were popularly used to produce milk during breastfeedingMedical use:   To stimulate the appetite, half a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds is taken three times a day before meals. Rinse with liquid (water). You can also put the seeds in water for three hours and then drink the brew.

Externally, fenugreek seeds can be used to treat inflammation of the skin, boils or eczema. To do this, 50 grams of the herb are boiled in 250 milliliters of water for five minutes until a mushy mixture is formed. Then let the porridge cool slightly and place it on the area to be treated, wrapped in an envelope.

Fenugreek seeds also inhibit sinus infections.

The packaged seeds are commercially available as tea, powder or dietary supplements. Culinary:  

Fenugreek is little known as a spice in the West because it was used and cultivated much more as a medicinal herb in the Middle Ages.
It is better known in the Middle East and India - there it is used as a spice for vegetarian dishes. In southern India it is also found in the Tamil spice mixture sambaar podi, in northern India in the yeast bread typical there.
In Iran, fenugreek leaves are mainly used, for example in ghorme sabzi, a sauce made from poree, onion and herbs.

The sprouts have a curry-like taste 3-5 days after germination and can be used in sprout salads.


It is one of the oldest medicinal plants. The plant originally comes from the Persian Empire. He was born in 3000 BC. But also in Egypt in the naturopathy, in the obstetrics and in the religion was used. The remains of fenugreek were found in the grave of Tutenchamun. And the fresh sprouts were eaten as vegetables by the Egyptians.

Since the 5th century BC It is used in Greece.
Since the scholars and philosophers chewed the seeds of the fenugreek, it was also called the philosopher's clover.

It was later used in gardening in China, India and the Roman Empire. Allegedly, the fenugreek is said to have been introduced to Central Europe as a fodder plant by Charlemagne. Around the year 795 it was recommended for cultivation by Charlemagne in the "Capitulare de villis".

The Greek doctor Dioskorides (40 to 90 BC) recommends fenugreek for inflammation of the uterus, the vagina, the external genitals and for the initiation of childbirth. It was also used against external and internal tumors, psoriasis and as a digestive remedy.

Hildegard von Bingen (12th century) mentions it as a medicinal plant against skin diseases.