So the two ingredients that you might not be familiar with are anise, a root veggie. Some people call it Fennel. It has a licorice flavor. When you roast it, especially with fenugreek, it has a full soft flavor that is worthy of the claim: food porn!
Fenugreek is a seed herb. It has an aroma reminiscent of chocolate, but its taste is truly unique. It is not harsh at all, but a very soft aromatic herb that cuts down the spiciness of strong flavors such as fennel or anise.
This roasted root veggie dish is great on its own, or as a side to any main course. It is low in cholesterol and bursting with warm comfort.
Preheat the oven to 375 F
chop Anise, potatoes, onions, carrots, beets...
Over a low heat, roast fenugreek seeds until toasty brown, then grind them
I use a non-stick pan. It is fast, so don't walk away!
I like using the mortar & pestle because it looks cool :)
but you can use a grinder (i.e. coffee grinder) or
just the flat of a knife on a board
Put the chopped veggies in a plastic baggie, with the fenugreek and some olive oil
Use 3 Tablespoons oil
add ground pepper
Next put 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar into the baggie
Close the bag & Mix the veggies
Make sure that all the veggies are coated with liquid & spices
Now pour all of the contents of the baggie into a roasting dish
Get all that good stuff in the baggie into the pan
spread the veggies around evenly in the pan
Cook for 40 minutes or until the veggies are tender