Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a plant in the family Fabaceae. Fenugreek is used both as a herb (the leaves) and as a spice (the seed, often called methi in Hindi). The plant is cultivated worldwide as a semi-arid crop and is a common ingredient in many curries. Fenugreek seeds are used as a medicinal in Traditional Chinese Medicine under the name Hu Lu Ba, where they are considered to warm and tonify kidneys, disperse cold and alleviate pain. Main indications are hernia, pain in the groin. They are used raw or toasted. Has a taste of burnt sugar and maple. The cuboid yellow to amber coloured fenugreek seeds are frequently used in the preparation of pickles, curry powders, and pastes, and the spice is often encountered in the cuisine of the Indian subcontinent.
Fenugreek Seed can be used in salads, hearty soups, stews, rice, chutneys and spice blends, and is a common ingredient in curry powder too. Use in a cream curry with lamb, mix with coriander for herb crusted tuna, and use in tandoori chicken. Fenugreek is rich in proteins, minerals and vitamins.