In a nutshell: The foundation spice in many curry blends and a key ingredient in hot dogs.
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is one of the primary flavours that form the foundation of many Indian curries. It is a staple of Middle Eastern, Ethiopian, Yemeni and Indian cookery, and popular in Turkish, German, and American cooking. It is also the main seasoning used in hot dog sausages. Our Indian fenugreek has a lovely maple syrup aroma.
Fenugreek is a bitter spice used commonly in meat and vegetable dishes. Fenugreek takes on a somewhat nutty and sweet taste when the whole seeds are sautéed in oil or grilled in a hot, dry pan. Its aroma particularly compliments many vegetable recipes.The seeds can also be added to quick wok-fried cauliflower or cabbage dishes with chillies and herbs or crushed with sea salt for an impromptu dry rub for pigeon or duck breasts. Try frying fenugreek in a little oil or ghee with cumin and mustard seeds prior to adding your vegetables.
Fenugreek leaves, also known as menthi, are also used in Indian cookery as well.
It's also said that fenugreek seeds are good for the digestion - simple add some seeds to a cup of boiling water, allow to steep then drink.
About Épices De Cru
Épices De Cru began in 1982 as a catering partnership between Philippe and Ethné de Vienne. Their mission was a kind of “cooking pot anthropology:” learning the secrets of family cooking around the world and applying these techniques to the needs of hungry Montrealers. The secret, they learned, was spices. Over the last two decades, Philippe and Ethné have searched for the world’s best spices, accompanied by their children, Marika and Arik. The de Viennes believe in direct sourcing spices: visiting growing regions, spending time with growers, and developing personal relationships that last decades. In 2004, they officially opened their first spice shop in Montreal’s fantastic Jean Talon market– it’s since become a mecca for foodies from all over the world. I first visited in 2008 and have been buying and using their spices on a regular basis ever since that first exciting visit. They steadfastly maintain that they do nothing original, only facilitating the exchange of culinary common sense from one place to another. But, what they do is simply quite brilliant - by providing us with the finest quality ingredients, and their superb spice mixes, we can all experiment with unusual spices and recreate delicious recipes from around the world.