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How Should Fenugreek Seeds be Used?

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How Should Fenugreek Seeds be Used?

Post by Elmore123 » Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:46 am

I was making a curry yesterday and discovered that I was out of dried methi. I have some fenugreek seeds but was reluctant to use them because I am not sure how to. Should they be added whole? Should they be crushed? In what quantity would you use them? I think that I bought them originally with a view to planting them and harvesting the result. Comments please!

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Re: Fenugreek seeds

Post by SteveH » Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:12 am

Hi Elmore123, I would say that they aren’t interchangeable.

The seeds, even when roasted seem to add a bitter note & the flavour is, I find, quite different from the leaf. If you can't wait for the curry I would cook without them.

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Re: Fenugreek seeds

Post by Sveedy » Fri Aug 08, 2014 2:01 pm

hi elmore

i think a few of mix powder recipes on this site have ground fenugreek included, but like steve says, i would not use them as a replacement for the dried methi.
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Re: Fenugreek seeds

Post by mickyw2002 » Fri Aug 08, 2014 2:10 pm

well I googled it as I didnt know the difference between seeds and leaves..
methi/fenugreek powder is ground seeds which are used as a spice and is rather bitter
and dried methi/fenugreek leaves are used as a herb.. but can be ground also, and has a different much less bitter taste

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Re: Fenugreek seeds

Post by Cory Ander » Sat Aug 09, 2014 12:56 am

Hi Elmore,

You will also find some more information on dried leaf v fresh leaf v seeds/powder here

And a pre-existing thread on fenugreek powder here
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Re: Fenugreek seeds

Post by Elmore123 » Sat Aug 09, 2014 6:17 am

Thanks all, will just make sure I replenish my supply of dried methi leaf.

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Re: Fenugreek seeds

Post by Tabs » Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:59 pm

For a bit of fun elm il give you three days to try and pestle and morter a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds, (good luck) :):

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Re: Fenugreek seeds

Post by marf » Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:05 pm

Hmm, I have seeds, maybe I should buy some methi leaf

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Re: Fenugreek seeds

Post by Marcopolo » Sun Oct 11, 2015 1:35 pm

I bought whole seed fennelgreek instead of the powder, thinking they would yield a better flavour. Nearly broke my arm wrestling them with mortar and pestle. Next time I will stick to the powder.

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Re: Fenugreek seeds

Post by rfr » Sun Oct 11, 2015 1:48 pm

I have been in many a indian ta kitchen and i always take a look at which whole spices they have in jars,there is only one room in my local ta so everything is there for you to see,i am yet to see fenugreek seeds,i would be interested to know if anyone as seen them in a kitchen for them selves.

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Re: Fenugreek seeds

Post by king prawn » Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:33 pm

Add them at the start and they magically disappear!

Remember panch poran? Well they are in that too.

Or you could try a spice grinder on them.

Or buy powder to start with.

Or stick to kasuri methi.

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Re: Fenugreek seeds

Post by DeanKP » Sat Nov 07, 2015 12:05 pm

How long should I dry roast seeds for as I find them hard to grind even after I have roasted them.

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Re: Fenugreek seeds

Post by charliebir » Sat Nov 07, 2015 5:57 pm

If you have a day , or a good few hours to spare, the seeds sprout readily.

Just soak them for an hour or so and sprout them as Moong beans.

Then you will have FRESH Fenugreek.(Methi)

I have used this. It is good, but takes a bit of time.
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