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What is Cumin?

Cumin is a member of the parsley family. It is an essential spice, which has a sharp and strong flavor and a pronounced smell. It is available ground or whole. Always buy small amounts of ground cumin as the smell and flavor deteriorate easily and quickly. For superior flavor, toast whole seeds before grinding.

Cumin is Used in Which Cuisines?

Cumin is much used in Latin American, Indian and North African cooking. In Turkey, ground cumin is added to minced meat dishes. In Spain, it is used in stews in combination with other spices. In Texas, it is used in chili con carne. In India, it is an essential part of the spice mixture called garam masala. It flavors sausages, pickles, relishes and a variety of other foods.

Benefits of Cumin 

  • It is taken as remedy for diarrhea and as well as indigestion.
  • Aids in digestion
  • Eliminates phlegm and mucus
  • Treats renal coli, weak memory and insect bites
  • Maintains healthy skin and prevents premature aging
  • Increases cognitive performance
  • Heals piles by acting as a natural laxative
  • Avoids symptoms of anemia like fatigue and digestive issues
  • Helps relieve stress and anxiety that cause insomnia
  • Beneficial for lactating mothers
  • Boosts immunity and fights viral infections
  • Prevents diabetes by reducing the chances of hypoglycemia
  • Prevents colon cancer and removes toxins from body
Scroll down to see the nutrients and calories in cumin.
Course Cooking 101, Ingredients
Calories 375 kcal
Keyword Practical Tips