Fenugreek seeds are like small hard pieces of triangular gravel (3 - 5 mm long; up to ¼ inches long). Fenugreek seeds are golden brown in colour. The aroma of fenugreek seeds is mild and like dried peas, while the flavour is mildly bitter and also pea-like, or perhaps more like those dried broad beans that you can find in Arabic stores. Dry roasting fenugreek seeds enhances their flavours, allowing all the aromas to develop better, but over-toasting will increase their bitterness.
Dried fenugreek leaves (Methi) are dark green and generally used dried as the fresh leaves are hard to come by. Fenugreek leaves have a grassy, hay-like aroma with a leguminous taste and mild bitterness. In fresh fenugreek leaves, the aroma is less hay-like.