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Seeds are now being called superfoods! Sunflower seeds, garden cress seeds, flax seeds and so on are being bought to either eat as a snack or sprinkle over salads. Now, every time a new food trend emerges I always go back and check if there were ways Indian cuisine adopted seeds into it and the answer wouldn’t surprise anyone, of course it does! Today on Mondays With Madhu, I want to talk about an age-old seed that’s versatile and is often dubbed as a plant-based mouth freshener!

Fennel seeds or saunf is a fragrant ingredient which is used in curries, brewed in water and had as a finisher to heavy meals. In fact, you won’t be able to leave a restaurant back in India without eating a spoonful of saunf + jaggery. It works as a great replacement to gum and aids in digestion as well! Brewing fennel seeds and having it’s filtered water curbs hunger and cures stomach ulcers, if any! Fennel seeds are also heavily used into making pickles . It’s rich in calcium, magnesium and potassium. I have always eaten 1 tsp of fennel seeds post my meals and not more than that, little bit goes a long way.

You can’t sprinkle these seeds over a salad though, they are quite bitter in taste when had raw. The best way to consume them is it to either grind it into a powder and add it to your curries or consume it with something sweet.

Here’s a list of other seeds that you would see in my pantry. I incorporate these regularly in almost all my meals:

  1. Fenugreek seeds – good for hair growth, relieves period pain when consumed with water, good for pancreas
  2. Cumin seeds – this zesty condiment is staple in all Indian meals. Rich in antioxidants and works wonders on blood sugar levels
  3. Mustard seeds – extremely beneficial for skin, gums and teeth
  4. Coriander seeds – boosts immunity, fastens the metabolism and improves gut health
  5. Anardana/Pomegranate seeds – a great source of vitamin C, this adds slight acidity to curries!

Are you into the seeds trend? If yes, what are your favorite ways to have them?

Madhu Narayan
Guest blogger, Plant Life Meals