Fenugreek is used as both an herb and spice in Indian, North African, and Middle Eastern cuisine. Fresh and dried fenugreek leaves can be used to finish dishes like sauces, curries, vegetable dishes, and soups. Fenugreek seeds can be used whole or ground and used in spice blends such as garam masala, panch phoran (Indian five-spice), or dry rubs for meat. When using fenugreek seeds, pan roast them over medium heat to reduce their bitter taste and try combining them with other strong spices such as coriander, cumin, and paprika. A squeeze of lemon juice at the end of cooking can also help to balance out any bitterness.