5 Delectable Recipes That Incorporate Fennel Seeds

Fennel seeds, known for their distinct aroma and flavor, are staples in many Indian and Mediterranean cuisines. Beyond their delightful taste, they are a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals including E, C, K, and several essential macro and micronutrients. They play a vital role in freshening breath and enhancing digestive health. Ready to add a twist to your regular recipes with fennel seeds? Here’s how:

1. Fennel Rice

An aromatic rice dish with the unique taste of fennel seeds.

  • Sauté onions in olive oil for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic for 30 seconds.
  • Add fennel seeds, and sauté for 8 minutes.
  • Mix in rinsed basmati rice, water, salt, parsley, dill, and pepper. Bring to boil, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Let it rest for 10 minutes, then drizzle olive oil, mix well, and serve hot.

2. Fennel and Honey Cake

A sweet treat with a hint of fennel.

  • Toast fennel seeds and allow them to cool.
  • Whisk the seeds with lemon zest, butter, and sugar for 2-3 minutes.
  • Mix in eggs, milk, baking powder, salt, flour, and grated fennel.
  • Bake for one hour.
  • For the icing, blend honey, butter, powdered sugar, and cream cheese. Smother over the cake.

3. Fennel Pancakes

A twist on the classic with the addition of fennel.

  • Crush cardamom pods and grind fennel seeds into a fine powder.
  • Prepare a batter using fennel powder, cardamom, flour, semolina, milk, baking powder, and caster sugar.
  • For the topping, simmer orange juice, caster sugar, and water for 3-4 minutes. Whisk ricotta cheese, sugar, and orange zest in a separate bowl.
  • Fry pancakes in ghee and serve with ricotta and orange syrup.

4. Fennel Paneer Curry

A creamy curry with a hint of fennel.

  • Season paneer cubes with salt. Create a paste from fennel seed powder and water.
  • Sauté paneer in oil and set aside.
  • To the same pan, add bay leaves, fennel seeds, ginger paste, green chilies, salt, and fennel seed paste.
  • Incorporate green peas, fried paneer, sugar, and warm milk. Cook well and serve.

5. Fennel Rice Kheer

A delightful dessert infused with fennel flavor.

  • Soak basmati rice for 30 minutes, then drain.
  • In a pot, bring full cream milk to a boil. Mix in the rice, stirring continuously.
  • Add sugar, fennel seeds, fennel powder, and nuts. Cook for 5-8 minutes.
  • Serve warm and enjoy.

Incorporate these delicious recipes into your culinary repertoire, and experience the magic of fennel seeds in your dishes!