Fenugreek, an indian spice is a slender annual herb of the pea family (Fabaceae). Fenugreek was used by the ancient Egyptians and is mentioned in medical writing in their limbs. Historically the main usage of Fenugreek Seeds was medicinal rather than as a labour.
Fenugreek seeds are important ingredient in some curries and chutneys and the fenugreek extract is used to make imitation maple syrup. Because of its high nutritive content, fenugreek is an important ingredient in vegetable and dhal dishes eaten in india.
In india, young fenugreek plants are used as pot herb. The leaves are widely used fresh or dried in indian cooking and are often combined with vegetables.
Fenugreek seeds are used in wide range of homemade of commercial curry powders. In northern Africa the fenugreek plant are used for fodder.