While grocery shopping this weekend, I found an inviting pack of methi dal (coarsely ground fenugreek seeds, also called ‘methi kuria’) in the store and, having never used fenugreek in this form before, was intrigued. I love fresh fenugreek leaves and kasoori methi but am not so enthused about the whole seeds that are used for tempering (tadka) in Indian dishes. I like their flavor as long as it is diffused, not the experience of biting into them. This is how I do my tadka with whole methi seeds: add a few seeds to the hot oil and when they turn color, pick them out.
I guessed methi kuria would resolve this problem – since the seeds are ground, the bitterness would get spread out just the way I want it. I bought the spice pack and used it first thing in this recipe with baby potatoes. The guess proved right.