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Fenugreek seeds 胡芦巴籽 (hú lú bā zǐ)

These tan colored seeds are used as a spice in Tibetan and Indian cooking. The aromatic seeds have a sweet, slightly bitter flavor that is somewhat similar to maple syrup. The seeds are very hard and should be first dry-roasted in a pan and then crushed before using. Find them in the spice sections of specialty grocery stores or at an Indian grocery store.

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