Fenugreek, methi or, samudra methi is an annual herb which is commonly featured in dishes of the Indian Subcontinent. It is a member of the plant family Fabaceae, and of the genus and species Trigonella foenum-graecum. It's seeds are used as a spice while the plant is used in fresh and dried form as an herb.
|Fenugreek or methi seeds|
|The leaves of fenugreek look a bit like pea or vetch leaves.|
Understandable, as fenugreek is also in the Fabaceae family.
|Dried fenugreek leaves are called kasoori methi.|
|One of the many brands of dried fenugreek leaves available in India.|
The flavor and scent of fenugreek/methi in all it's forms is very unique and unusual. It's flavor has been described as being a combination of celery, fennel, and maple syrup. It also has a very earthy and rather rank musty, fusty note.
(Also called caramel furanone, sugar lactone, fenugreek lactone)