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Fenugreek ( pron.: / ˈ f ɛ nj ʉ ɡ r iː k / ; Trigonella foenum-graecum ) is an annual plant in the family Fabaceae . The plant has small round leaves, is cultivated worldwide as a semi-arid crop, and is a common ingredient in dishes from the Indian Subcontinent . It is known as methi in Marathi (मेथी), Punjabi , Hindi (मेथी), Urdu , Bengali (মেথি) and Nepali (मेथी), as menthiyam , and venthayam (வெந்தயம்) in Tamil , "uluhaal" (උළුහාල්) in Sinhala , Helba حلبة) in Arabic, menthya منثية) in Kannada , uluwa (ഉലുവ) in malayalam, and menthulu (మెంతులు) in Telugu . [ edit ] History Zohary and Hopf note that it is not yet certain which wild strain of the genus Trigonella gave rise to the domesticated fenugreek but they believe it was brought into cultivation in the Near East .
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Indian name and pronounciation: Ajwain, pronounced as uj-wine Appearance, taste and smell: Ajwain seeds are pale khaki colored and look like a smaller version of cumin seeds. They are highly fragrant and smell and taste like thyme (with a stronger flavor). Buying it: