Recipes with Cumin

FAQs About Cumin

What is cumin?

Cumin is a spice that is commonly used as seasoning when cooking. It originates from the dried sees of the Cuminum cyminum plant. This plant is part of the parsley family. Cumin is known for its earthy flavor and is a common ingredient in dishes from many different countries.

What forms does cumin come in?

Cumin is mostly found ground. This is the type of cumin you’ll see at most grocery stores. However, cumin can also be found in whole seeds. Whole seeds are usually toasted, which is said to improve their flavor. However, ground cumin typically needs to be grounded before use in most dishes.

What dishes commonly use cumin?

Odds are that you’ve probably eaten something that included cumin, as it’s a popular ingredient that is found in a wide variety of cuisines. It is often found in chili, stews and soups, and is also a popular ingredient that is found in spice blends and seasonings. If that’s not enough, cumin is also commonly found in marinades and sauces.

How should I store cumin?

Cumin should be stored in an airtight container and placed in a cool, dark place. When stored properly, ground cumin typically lasts about 6 months and whole seeds of cumin can retain their optimal flavor for up to a year.

What’s a good substitute for cumin?

If you’re in a bind, chili powder makes a good substitute for cumin. Other options include caraway seeds and ground coriander. But remember, substituting cumin with any other ingredient will change the way your dish tastes.

What are the nutritional benefits of cumin?

The biggest nutritional benefit of cumin is that is contains a good amount of iron, antioxidants and dietary fiber.

What are the potential health benefits of cumin?

Because cumin contains a good amount of iron, antioxidants and dietary fiber, it is said to help digestion, boost blood sugar control, improve the immune system and help with inflammation. However, research into the health benefits is far from conclusive today.

How can I toast cumin seeds?

Toasting cumin seeds is fairly simple. You just need to heat the seeds in a skillet over medium heat. Make sure you stir the seeds frequently until you notice they become more fragrant and change to a darker color. Toasting cumin seeds should take roughly one to two minutes.

Can I use cumin in baking?

Cumin isn’t a super-popular ingredient when it comes to bacon. It tends to be found in more savory dishes. However, cumin is sometimes found in breads and crackers.

What is the difference between cumin and black cumin?

Black cumin and what we know as more common cumin are very different and shouldn’t be interchanged in recipes. Black cumin possesses a bitter, peppery taste whereas normal cumin offers an earthy flavor.

Is cumin safe to eat during pregnancy?

In general, and in normal culinary amounts, cumin is usually safe to consume during pregnancy. However, large quantities or supplements containing cumin should be avoided or taken with the guidance of a physician and/or nutritionist.

Can cumin cause allergies?

It’s possible to be allergic to cumin, however it is not very common. Signs of an allergic reaction to cumin can include rashes on the skin, itching and gastrointestinal discomfort. If you believe you are suffering from an allergic reaction, it is best to contact a physician.

What spices pair well with cumin?

Cumin is known to pair well with other spices, that’s why it is commonly found is spice and seasoning blends. Some of the most common spices that are paired with cumin are chili powder, turmeric, paprika and cinnamon.

How can I balance the flavor if I accidentally add too much cumin to a dish?

The best way to balance a dish that contains too much cumin is to add a bit of lemon or lime juice or larger amounts of ingredients that are already in the dish. This will simply dilute the dish and reduce the effect of the cumin.