Cumin is a native to the Levant and upper Egypt, and grows in hot countries such as India and North Africa.
Cumin is a friendly, hard working spice in the kitchen. It is well known all over the world, and found in many cuisines. It is the base note to most Indian curries, and its toasted aroma is what gives curries their distinct characteristic. When roasted, the seeds become darker, more pungent and release a smoky flavour. Cumin is also available in ground form and readily available in the Western Hemisphere. Store cumin seeds or cumin in powder form separately in air tight containers and use the powdered form within 3 months.
Health Benefits of Cumin
Cumin is a stomach soother and diuretic, as well as an anti-oxidant. It helps to relieve colic and flatulence, plus it also increases lactation. It is so good for you, you’ll want to add it to everything!
Ways You Can Use Cumin Seeds
Roast cumin seeds lightly just before use in cooking to release their full flavour. They complement the earthy flavours of lentils and beans beautifully, and by adding a teaspoon of cumin seeds to roasted vegetables, you’ll make them something extra specia
Apparently, a combination of cumin, black pepper and honey is considered an aphrodisiac in some parts of the world, but don’t blame me if this doesn’t work for you!
In Soul Spices, you will find cumin in: Roasted cauliflower, Goa-style fish curry, Lamb curry, Chicken Biryani and many more!