Fenugreek is known for its medicinal properties and high fiber and vitamin content. It is consumed as an herb or a seed and it normally has a bitter taste. However, when whipped, as in the Yemeni hulba, the bitter taste disappears. Fenugreek also has a sweet smell and it is used in artificial maple syrup.
Fenugreek is part of Middle Eastern, Central Asian, and Far Eastern cuisines. Whipped Hulba is an integral part of Yemeni cuisine and in some parts of the country it is consumed daily as part of the national dish, Saltah.
Fenugreek can be found in specialty food stores or online (affiliate link). It is sold in the whole seed or ground form. When making Hulba, it is easier to buy ground fenugreek. If only whole seeds are available, they can be ground at home using a food processor. When placed in water, ground fenugreek absorbs water and becomes jelly-like. It can then be whipped and the taste and texture become very nice.