Whole Fenugreek Seeds, the uncooked Fenugreek seeds can be bitter so the Fenugreek Seeds are usually lightly dry-roasted and ground which has a mellowing effect. The flavour of Fenugreek Seeds is powerful and bittersweet and has been likened to burnt sugar with a warm spicy aroma.
Only 6 or 8 whole Fenugreek Seeds are needed to flavour a main course for four people. The flavour is an essential complement to other Indian spices, so it tends to be used as part of a recipe combination, rather than alone. Fenugreek Seeds particularly complements stronger tasting fish such as tuna and mackerel. Fenugreek seeds can be sprouted for use in salads.