Tasty Tuesday, October 13

And for our first Tasty Tuesday, I give you fenugreek.
My hubby and I watch Chopped on the Food Network and one night one of the ingredients was fenugreek. One of the chefs had no idea what it was or how to use it. He thought it was a grain to be cooked and eaten that way.
Fenugreek is better known as one of the ingredients in curry in India used to flavor chickpeas, beans and vegetables.
The plant is native to India and Southern Europe. It is used as an herb (dried or fresh leaves) and spice (seeds). The seeds are hard, yellow brown and angular, about 1/8 on a side. It has a warm, spicy smell, pungent like a cheap curry powder, bittersweet like burnt sugar. There is a bitter aftertaste like celery. Dried seeds should be lightly roasted before using.
Fenugreek is also used medicinally, it is a digestive aid. It is also taken as a supplement and used to help regulate blood sugar and lower blood pressure.
For some tasty recipes, go to http://allrecipes.com/recipes/ingredients/herbs-and-spices/spices/fenugreek

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