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Fenugreek

post #1 of 12
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I am getting into Ethiopian food and wanted to try an Ethopian beef stew. I need Fenugreek for what I am doing but having a hard time finding it. Does anyone know if there are good substitutions for this?
post #2 of 12
Not really any substitutes to my knowledge, but it's readily available via the web at PENZEYS Spices Home Page or Welcome to the Spices Etc. web site! Here you'll find both common and unusual herbs, spices, seasonings and other quality cooking ingredients you'll come to expect from Spices Etc..

But please share some recipes as they sound interesting.

Phil
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post #3 of 12
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Fenugreek

I will test it out and let you know (with the recipe of course). :chef:
post #4 of 12
Have you tried looking in a health food store. I live in a small rural area and the health food store is where I get most of my spices and dried herbs. They usually have a bulk section where you can buy the amount you need. As little or as much, thus keeping your home supply to a minimum making for better and fresher tasting spices and herbs.
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post #5 of 12
Go to the Holyland Deli and grocery store on Central Avenue in Minneapolis (i see you are from minnesota). They have fenugreek and about every other exotic item you could ever want!

GO at lunchtime (not Friday, Saturday or Sunday as they raise the buffet prices on weekends) but tues-thursday try the buffet. It is outrageously delicious.

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post #6 of 12
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Holyland

thanks for the tip! Definitely need to go there.
post #7 of 12
if you get the fenugreek whole, it also makes great sprouts!:bounce:

the only thing i would think of substituting is if you found a high quality Ethiopian "berbere" spice mix ready-mixed. then sub that for all the spices.

fenugreek has a distinctive taste.

Are you gonna get some Teff flour too, and make Injera bread:bounce:
post #8 of 12
Injera made with white flour is yum. That's how the Ethiopan people I knew made it. (They're Eritrean, but that means they were Ethiopian, until a few years ago.) Never tried it made with teff, but I will some time.

One of my favorite things is an Ethiopan preparation of collards I had in a restaurant. Tried making it at home a few times and couldn't get the seasonings right. When I made them with ancho chili powder (from Penzey's), then it was right on!
post #9 of 12
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Fenugreek

It would be incomplete without injera bread!;)
post #10 of 12
I used onion and garlic sauteed, and of course some salt. Now I put some potatoes in with the collards.
post #11 of 12
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sounds good. i do need a more "veggieful" dish to go along with it since it is largely meat and injera at this point. have to give it a try sometime.
post #12 of 12
Any Indian or Pakistani grocery will have fenugreek too. Best to buy the whole seeds & grind them in a (dedicated) coffee grinder per use.
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