Eating From the Kitchen of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) Miracles of Feugreek- Hulbah حلبة


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“They ask you what is lawful for them (as food ). Say:’Lawful unto you are At Tayyibât [all kind of Halâl (lawful good) foods which Allâh has made lawful (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, milk products, fats, vegetables and fruits, etc.)]. . . but pronounce the Name of Allâh over it, and fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is Swift in reckoning.”

(Qur’an 5:4)


Dear Readers,


Please find another post from the kitchen of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Here we use Fenugreek to heal our Eating Disorder, our body, mind and soul. I am a firm believer in allowing food to become thy medicine. When you study food for its blessings and properties, food automatically becomes your friend.


Health benefits of Fenugreek

You’ll be amazed at how beneficial Fenugreek is in recovery from Eating Disorder; it regulates appetite, reverses skin hair damage, strengthens heart, supports kidney function and helps with digestion. It can also be used with patients suffering from amenorrhea to regulate absent menstrual cycle. Fenugreek can be taken by mouth or used to form a paste that’s applied to the skin to help heal inflammation. Fenugreek oil is a magic and a tea made from Fenugreek seeds helps relieve anxiety and tension. All in all this is a super food with millions of benefits. Bless your recovery with this magical super food from the kitchen of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).


In our Recovery We are Inspired by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Please watch our amazing video.



Fenugreek- Hulbah


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It is reported the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) once said:

“If my people knew what there is in fenugreek, they would have bought and paid its weight in gold.”



Fenugreek seeds contain 29% proteins, 6% volatile and fixed oils, in addition to a high percentage of vitamin B1, B2, Niacin, Pantonine, the alkaloids Trigonelline and Choline, Saponine, Diosgenine, Methionine, and tri-methylamines. Fenugreek also contains other constituents as iron, phosphorus, several enzymes, hormones and gums.




How Fenugreek is Used in Treating Eating Disorders?


Beyond enhancing flavor, fenugreek has been shown in increase appetite, which results in restorative and nutritive properties. A study published in Pharmacology Biochemistry, and Behavior was designed to investigate the effects of a fenugreek seed extract on feeding behavior. Experiments were performed to determine food consumption and motivation to eat, as well as metabolic-endocrine changes.

The results showed that chronic oral administration of the fenugreek extract significantly increased food intake and the motivation to eat. The report also indicated, however, that the treatment does not prevent anorexia nor the decreased motivation to eat. (13)

In cases of anorexia nervosa, the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends taking 250 to 500 milligrams of fenugreek up to three times a day, but it may not be safe for children — so with any medication or natural treatments, check with your doctor first.


No Recovery From Eating Disorder is Possible without Nutrition-Incorporate Fenugreek in Your Daily Meals- It will add beautiful flavor and spice to food. The leaves from the plant can be used in salads, and both fresh and dried leaves are used in Indian cookery.


Fenugreek Home Remedies


Heartburn and Acid Reflux

Fenugreek seeds contain a lot of mucilage, which helps sooth gastrointestinal inflammation by coating the lining of the stomach and intestine. Therefore, for an effective remedy against heartburn or Acid Reflux, simply sprinkle 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds onto your food. Another option is to take one teaspoon of seeds and swallow them with water or juice before any meal.


Digestive Problems


Fenugreek may help with numerous digestive problems, such as upset stomach, constipation and inflammation of the stomach. It is a natural digestive tonic, and its lubricating properties help soothe your stomach and intestines.

Tip: Add grated ginger to its paste, and eat one tablespoon before your meals. 

Fenugreek Digestive


Fenugreek For Skin

Fenugreek seeds can have surprising benefits for your skin. Fenugreek seeds destroy the free radicals in our body, which causes so many serious facial problems like wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, and infections.

What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds soaked overnight
  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt

What You Need To Do

  1. Blend the fenugreek seeds and yogurt till a smooth paste is formed.
  2. Apply this paste on your face.
  3. Keep it on for 30 minutes and then rinse with cold water.

Why Does It Work

Germinated fenugreek seeds show a significant amount of antioxidant activity and fight the free radicals that accelerate the process of aging (1).

Yogurt has lactic acid that gently exfoliates your skin (2). It also leaves your skin feeling smoother and softer.


Fenugreek for Hair


Fenugreek is extremely effective in strengthening the hair from the roots and treating follicular problems.

What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 cup coconut oil

What You Need To Do

  1. Place the coconut oil and fenugreek seeds in a mason jar. Seal the jar and store it for three weeks in a cool place, away from direct sunlight.
  2. Strain the oil and use it for oil massages.

Why Does It Work

Fenugreek seeds have hormones that help promote hair growth (5). They are a good source of protein and nicotinic acid that strengthen the hair shaft and prevent breakage.

Use Fenugreek to Add Shine to Dull Hair

Eating Disorders make our hair dull and brittle. To make your hair look shiny and glossy, try using a fenugreek hair mask.

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons fenugreek seeds
  • 1 cup water

What You Need To Do

  1. Soak the whole ground seeds in boiling water and leave them overnight.
  2. When the seeds turn slimy to touch, grind them into a paste. Apply the mixture on your scalp and roots, and then along the whole length of your hair.
  3. Keep it on for 30 minutes and wash it off.

Why Does It Work

Fenugreek seeds contain lecithin, an emulsifying substance (6). When soaked in water, the seeds produce a slippery substance that imparts shine to your hair.


Healing with Fenugreek Essential Oil


Essential Oil Fenugreek


Fenugreek essential oil is utilized in aromatherapy for ushering in several healing actions. Include about 4 – 5 drops of fenugreek oil to the vaporizer, diffuser or perhaps an oil burner to spread its aroma in the air.

Its aroma decreases high blood pressure levels.

It exerts a relaxing influence on the nervous system.

 Using Fenugreek Oil to treat Skin

Irritated Skin

Quite often, our skin is annoyed due to several ecological stress. It may be extreme dry, harsh cold weather or even some allergen which makes the skin irritated. You can include a few drops of fenugreek oil to olive oil as well as massage it onto the skin. This allows rest from swelling, like that from hives and itching.



Fenugreek essential oil works well for acne. Place about 5 drops of essential oil in 5 ml of base oil, for which jojoba oil is perfect choice. Massage this particular oil on the face and skin covered with acne pimples. It lowers swelling and redness round the pimples. Additionally, it relieves swelling and also the pain that comes with these types of pimples. This particular use also stops development of new blackheads. It is because blackheads are created by oxidation as well as fenugreek oil is definitely an antioxidant, therefore it helps prevent the pimples from oxidizing.



Some Great Healing Fenugreek Recipes



“They ask you what is lawful for them (as food ). Say:’Lawful unto you are At Tayyibât [all kind of Halâl (lawful good) foods which Allâh has made lawful (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, milk products, fats, vegetables and fruits, etc.)]. . . but pronounce the Name of Allâh over it, and fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is Swift in reckoning.” (Qur’an 5:4)



Relax with Soothing Fenugreek Tea


fenugreek tea


A traditional remedy that helps from digestion to blood chemical imbalance.


fenugreek tea seeds

  1. Lightly crush the fenugreek seeds.
  2. Boil the water in a kettle, electric water heater or saucepan.
  3. Add the crushed fenugreek seeds. …
  4. Cover and steep the seeds for at least three minutes.
  5. Strain through a regular tea strainer into a cup.
  6. Sweeten with honey.
  7. Drink hot or cold.

Fenugreek Tea pic

Yemeni Dip



Hulba Dip

Recipe By: Dr. Lamya Almas

According to Dr Almas: You can’t ever talk about Yemeni food without mentiong Hulba–or fenugreek. It is eaten all over Yemen and it is very very healthy.

This is a dip very popular in Yemeni dishes. You will need ground fenugreek for this recipe. Be careful one tblsp of ground fenugreek goes a long way.



1 tblsp ground fenugreek

1 tomato slightly unirped

one clove garlic

3 tblsp cilantro chopped

1 green chilli

1 juice of lemon

Salt to taste


Steps to Nutritious Dip

Step 1: soak one tblsp of ground fenugreek in water, preferably over night. Why? It gets rid of the bitterness of the fenugreek and that’s how our mother’s taught us to make it.

Step 2: After you have left it to soak overnight –throw away the water and take the fenugreek paste (yes it has turned into a paste like mixture) and place in a blender.

Step 3: Add one tomato (preferably still a little hard–not ripe and mushy), a clove of garlic, 3 tblsp of cilantro chopped, 1 green chilly (or less if you like), juice of one whole lemon, salt to taste.

Step 4: blend until it is a frothy consistency.

Step 5: Pour into a bowl and serve with bread. If it is too thick, thin with more lemon. Some use vinegar.

Fenugreek and Feta Salad


Recipe by: Sarah Walton


  • Methi (fenugreek) leaves – one bunch (about 1 1/2 cups full – de-stemmed but whole)
  • 1 cup coriander leaves – de-stemmed but whole
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves – de-stemmed but whole
  • 2 cups roka  (arugula)
  • 200g Saudi feta (or any soft feta like persian feta, nabulsi cheese or white cheese)
  • 100g walnuts, lightly crushed
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • pinch of sumac
  • salt and pepper


  1. In a hot pan on the stove-top, dry-fry the walnut pieces for 1 minute, then add a pinch of salt and the brown sugar. Stir constantly and remove from the heat when the sugar begins to encrust and crystallize on the walnuts. Set aside
  2. Wash the leaves carefully, pat dry, and de-stem anything longer than about 2-3cm. Don’t be too fussy, it’s just to ensure the texture of the salad is not too stringy.
  3. In a serving bowl, whisk together olive oil and lemon juice, then add leaves, walnuts, and cheese (I like to use a teaspoon to make small rough nuggets). Season with salt, pepper and sumac, toss and serve.


  • Quantites are not really important for this recipe – if you love mint, add more, if you hate coriander, leave it out, etc.
  • For those who don’t like a very acidic salad, you may wish to use a mild vinegar instead of lemon juice. You may also wish to add a teaspoon of brown sugar or honey to the oil before whisking and tossing the salad.
  • You could add in the finely grates zest of the lemon for extra zing.
  • The herbs are only a suggestion. This could easily be made with any other selection. Za’atar (savoury) with spinach and radicchio is lovely, as is watercress with lemon thyme (add some buttery croutons). How about tarragon and tatsoi? Use a leaf that is scented, seasonal and local, and add contrasting fresh flavours with more common items.
  • The cheese could also be changed up for some pea-sized nuggets of Pecorino, firm ricotta (add extra salt), Haloumi or even some tofu dusted in spices and pan-fried if you prefer a vegan option.
  • Nuts also could be changed, but stick with an oily option like pine kernels, almonds or pecans.


Ghormeh Sabzi

Ghormeh Sabzi Recipe

Recipe Taken From Old Hall Persian

Ghormeh sabzi is a Persian herb stew. It is a popular dish in current day Iran, Iraq, and Azerbaijan; traditional and very popular, served when family members return home after being away.


Ghormeh Sabzi

Recipe By: Nosh-e-Jan



  • Fresh parsley large bunch
  • Spring onions 1 bunch
  • Fresh Leek 1-2 (only the green stems)
  • Fresh fenugreek bunch, if not available replace with 2 tablespoons of dried fenugreek leaves
  • Two sun-dried limes (available in Middle Eastern shops) or juice of a fresh lime (less authentic flavour)
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced.
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil.
  • 1 cup of pre-soaked Rose coco beans, (Borlotti beans, Saluggia beans, Roman beans, Crab Eye Beans); alternatively you can use red kidney beans!
  • 1/2 tsp Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Soak the beans 24 hours prior to preparation of the dish (minimum of over night)
  2. Chop the leeks, spring onions, spinach, dill, parsley and fenugreek fairly finely
  3. Sauté these in 2 tablespoons of oil in a non stick frying pan for about 5 minutes or until the water has dried, take the pan off and put it aside
  4. Using another pot, sauté the diced onions in 2 tablespoons of cooking oil until they are golden brown
  5. Add salt, pepper and turmeric and continue for a few more minutes.
  6. Add the beans now and switch heat to medium.
  7. Crush the sun-dried limes and add them to the mixture.
  8. Add approximately two cups of boiling water and with the lid on, boil for an additional 15 minutes.
  9. Now add the fried vegetables into the mixture and simmer on medium/low heat for 45 min to an hour, stirringly occasionally.
  10. Add the lime juice, blend and serve over pollo.  Alternatively eat with Naan-e-Barbarri or Lavaash.



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Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

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