These musty-yellow, rockhard seeds are almost square. Fenugreek seeds must be dry-roasted and ground in a mortar before use. This very powerful Indian spice plays an essential part in the flavor of curry powder. Its bitter and sweet flavor is used in soups, dals, bean and vegetable dishes, and fish and seafood dishes. It is also used in the sugary balls, ladoos. In North India, fenugreek is used in lamb stews. In the South it used in almost everything; breads, chutneys, curries and dals. In North Africa it is also used in bread. Fenugreek’s medicinal uses were first discovered by ancient Greeks and Egyptians: it eases digestions, relieves diarrhea, relieves chronic coughs and promotes lactation. It may also lower blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Trigonella foenum-graecum.