This fenugreek lehyam is the best addition to your monsoon healthcare routine

Uluva (fenugreek) lehyam is excellent for weight gain and general health. Photo: Deepti

Fenugreek lehyam (concoction) prepared as per the Ayurvedic rules is excellent for weight gain and general health. Moreover, it adds a spectacular glow to the skin. Loaded with protein, fibre, niacin, potassium, iron and alkaloids, fenugreek is an ingredient that should be included in the monsoon season diet. Here is how to make fenugreek lehyam easily at home.

100 gms fenugreek
500 gms palm sugar
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp peppercorns
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup first extract of coconut milk
2 + ½ cup second extract of coconut milk
2 tbsp ghee
1 tsp cardamom powder
½ tsp dried ginger powder

Soak the fenugreek seeds for at least 5 – 6 hours
Strain the soaked fenugreek; add cumin seeds, turmeric powder and peppercorns
Cook these in a pressure cooker by adding half a glass of water until four whistles
After this mixture cools down, grind it into a fine paste by adding coconut milk instead of water
Meanwhile, melt the palm jaggery in half a cup of water
Heat 3 tbsp ghee in a vessel
Add the fenugreek paste; make sure that the flame is on a simmer
Add the melted jaggery too
Mix and cook well
Now add the second extract of coconut milk
Keep stirring until all the ingredients are mixed well
Add ¼ tsp salt to balance the sweetness
When the second extract reduces, add the first extract of coconut milk
Into it add cardamom powder and dried ginger powder
Mix well until it becomes not too thick or loose
However, there shouldn’t be any water content in it as the lehyam would be ruined
After the lehyam cools down, store it in glass jars
You could consume the lehyam, twice a day, in the morning and at night before going to bed
Drink a glass of milk along with the lehyam to add strength to the body.

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