Fenugreek, an Indian spice is a slender annual herb of the pea family (Fabaceae). Fenugreek was used by the ancient Egyptians and is mentioned in medical writings in their tombs. Historically, the main usage of fenugreek seeds was medicinal rather than as a labour.
In India fenugreek is grown extensively in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab. Fenugreek is a cold season crop and is fairly tolerant to frost and very low temperature. The herb is a characteristic ingredient in some curries and chutneys and the fenugreek extract is used to make imitation maple syrup. Because of its high nutritive contents, Fenugreek is an important ingredient in vegetable and dhal dishes eaten in India.