Fenugreek is an herb similar to clover that is native to the Mediterranean region, Southern Europe, and western Asia. The seeds are used in cooking, to make medicine, or to hide the taste of other medicine. Fenugreek seeds are eaten as a vegetable in India and smell and taste somewhat like maple syrup. It has a slightly sweet, nutty taste. In foods, fenugreek is included as an ingredient in spice blends. It is also used as a flavoring agent in imitation maple syrup, foods, beverages, and tobacco.
Many curries take advantage of fenugreek’s unique flavor profile. When using fenugreek seeds, pan roast them over medium heat to reduce their bitter taste and try combining them with other strong spices such as coriander, cumin, and paprika. A squeeze of lemon juice at the end of cooking can also help to balance out any bitterness.
Think lentil stew!
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