Today I am sharing a wonderful and healthy recipe that has many fond memories associated. A perfect coolant and is good during summers. It is good for lactating mothers too. Menthe Gojju / Fenugreek curry is a easy and delicious preparation that goes well with Rice ,Phulka or Roti. This was a staple at my place while growing up. I adore my Mom in Law’s recipe of Menthe Gojju / Fenugreek curry too. This is slightly different from hers.

What are the benefits of Fenugreek seeds?

Fenugreek seeds are an integral part of Indian Cuisine. It is widely used in our day to day cooking. Fenugreek seeds are know to have cooling properties that can regulate the body temperature and keep the body cool. It is used in hair pack too.This used to be a sunday ritual while growing up.It is good for people who are diabetic and also for lactating mothers. Basically it is good for overall woman’s health.

What is 262Nd Foodiemonday Bloghop Theme?

This week the theme #262BitterButGood was suggested by Sasmita and she wanted us to share some recipes using a bitter ingredient or vegetable. I knew instantly what i wanted to share. My humble contribution to this wonderful theme is Menthe Gojju / Fenugreek curry and is very close to my heart. Sasmita is an amazing blogger and has many traditional odiya recipes on her blog. I have tried some of our recipes like Potala rassa and Kancha Amba Raita. Do check out her blog for all the delicious recipes.

Recipe for Menthe Gojju / Fenugreek Curry:


  • 3 Tsp Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard or Rai
  • 3 Tsp Fenugreek seeds / Menthya
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin / Jeera
  • Pinch of Hing
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric / Haldi
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • 1 Dry Red Chilli
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 1 Tsp Ghee
  • 2 Tbsp Tamrind Pulp
  • 2.5 Tsp Palm Jaggery ( Adjust sweetness as per your taste)

For Gojju Masala:

  • 1/2 Tsp Oil
  • 1/4 Tsp White Sesame Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Channa Dal
  • 10 Dry Red Chillies (Non spicy ones)
  • 1/4 Tsp Black Sesame seeds
  • 1 Tsp Urad dal
  • 1/4 Tsp Mustard seeds
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • 1/4 Tsp Cumin / Jeera
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh grated Coconut
  • Generous Pinch of hing
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1/2 Cup Water


  • First heat a wide bottom pan. Add oil. Once the oil is hot slightly roast channa dal. Once it turns slighlty golden add urad dal. As they are slightly roasted add red chilli,jeera and mustard.
  • As the mustard splutters add curry leaves , black and white sesame .Turn off the heat as the sesame seeds start popping.
  • Allow it to cool completely
  • Blend this roasted mixture along with coconut, half cup water and hing to a coarse mixture. Keep it aside.
  • Take the same pan. Add oil.Once the oil is hot add mustard ,cumin and once they splutter add curry leaves, turmeric, pinch of hing, curry leaves and red chilli. Remove some tadka /seasoning for garnish later.
  • Now add Fenugreek seeds or Menthya. Once it turns colour add water.
  • Allow it to simmer for 8-10 mins on medium flame. The fenugreek seeds will be soft and will break.
  • Now add the tamrind pulp , ground coconut mixture and Palm jaggery.
  • Add water if needed to adjust the consistency of the curry.
  • Add ghee
  • Allow it to simmer for about 8-10 mins on medium flame and turn off the heat.
  • Garnish with the tadka you had kept aside.
  • Serve hot with Rice, Phulka or Roti.

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  1. One more addition to my list of gojjus. Have heard a lot abt menthe gojju but never tried ..soon shall try this recipe of yours which is absolutely lipsmacking

  2. this is one of my fav recipes that my neighbour in blr used to make so often esp when one doesnt have veggies .. she used to make with menthye hittu (which cuts short the process by half)… I have exhausted my menthy hittu at home, so will try your recipe soon…

  3. This curry is one I wouldn’t mind trying out as after the fenugreek gets cooked it doesn’t taste that bitter. We tend to use a small amount of fenugreek seeds to make Gujarati dal. With all the other spices and coconut Menthe Gojju sounds very flavorful.

  4. Hee! I remeber this curry this was served to me by hubby’s aunt. I enjoyed it and hubby was like Maushi your usal tastes is good!! Told me to learn etc. 😀
    Thanks for sharing the recipe I do not remember how she made it. This sounds just like what she made.

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