Fenugreek seeds smell like caramel or maple syrup when heated although their taste is rather bitter, like burnt sugar. Fenugreek is a spice that is popularly used in Indian cuisine, althought it is also found in Middle Eastern and North African dishes. They are often used in many curry mixes, some bread recipes and dry rubs for meat. Sometimes a pinch can be added or sprinkled over cooked greens, yogurt or sauce. Aside from its unique aroma and flavor, fenugreek seeds can also contribute a thick slippery texture to dishes, just like okra. In fact, the fenugreek seeds are often toasted to further enhance their pungent aroma. You can roast the seeds in a heated frying pan over medium heat to avoid charring.
You can even make a tea by adding one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds to a cup of boiling water. Then strain and relish it with a little honey or milk or you can even drink it plain. You can also leave it to sprout before adding to sandwiches and salads, juiced with vegetables or used as a garnish for rice, pasta dishes, soups and stir-fries.