methi (in Hindi), kasuri methi (dried leaves)
What is it?
A grassy, slightly bitter herb used in Indian cuisine (the seeds are also used). Fenugreek leaves are available both dried and fresh. Fresh leaves are treated as cooking greens. The dried leaves are used to flavor vegetable dishes and curries.
How to store:
Fresh leaves wrapped in dry paper towels in a zip-top bag will keep for about two weeks in the refrigerator. Store dried leaves in a sealed jar in a cool, dark cupboard; use within four months.
This is an American adaptation of the different spice blends of curry in India. You can jazz it up with black rice.
If you can find fenugreek leaves, by all means, use them—their bitterness nicely counters the sweetness of the caramelized onions. This would be lovely with steak or chicken.
Freshly ground coriander seeds have a beautiful citrusy essence and really make a difference in this dish. Grind the whole seeds in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle right…