I’ve run across the spice fenugreek from time to time in recipes. I just pretend it isn’t there, or add some other spice I think sounds good. Why? I can’t find it–at least not locally.
I took up the search again when I decided to prepare the Tandoori Chicken recipe (see Tale of the modified Tandoori post 6/19). No luck. A clerk today told me, no, sorry, they don’t carry fenugreek as a spice, but they do sell it as a supplement.
“A supplement?” I asked.
“Yes. The fenugreek supplement is for breast-feeding moms. It helps them produce more milk,” she responded.
“I’ll pass on the supplement, ” said. ” I’m not lactating.”
“Did you try the bulk spice aisle at the supermarket?” she countered
“No, ” I said, getting optomistic again. “I didn’t realize they had a bulk organic spice section.”
Sure enough, there was my precious fenugreek. I opened the glass jar and took a whiff. It was slightly sweet, like curry, but with a more subtle complex aroma. I spooned the tiny light brown kernels into a plastic baggie and gleefully paid for it and left the store. I don’t have any plans yet for this fenugreek, but I’m sure gonna work on it.