Fenugreek (also called methi) are yellow square-shaped hard seeds with a strong earthy flavour and aroma. Used in pickling and curry powder, this spice is especially good with vegetarian (particularly dhal) and fish dishes. The ground version is commonly used. Fenugreek offers a bittersweet flavour and perfectly complements other Indian spices such as cumin, coriander and fennel. Roasting fenugreek in a pan does reduce its bitterness, but use fenugreek sparingly as it can give off a bitter aftertaste. Fenugreek leaves (dried or fresh) is a herb used in some curries - it's especially good with leafy greens and potatoes, and as an addition to curries, soups and sauces.