Cumin Seeds (Jeera)

Cumin seeds (Jeera) is a very versatile spice used for its distinctive flavour in Indian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Mexican cuisines. It imparts warmth and a unique peppery flavour to the dishes with a distinct aroma.

Cumin seeds are rich in essential oils which has both health and culinary benefits. Cumin herb belongs to the Apiaceae family and closely resemble caraway seeds in appearance. The seeds are small, yellowish-grey and oblong shaped with vertical ridges on the outer space. Black cumin also called Wild or Shahi Jeera is another variety of regular cumin, with long, slender and curved dark-brown seeds, commonly used in Mughlai and Persian cuisines.

Cumin can be either used in the ground (Cumin powder) or whole (Cumin seeds) form for tempering dals, curries, vegetables & meat. It is a traditional ingredient used in preparing authentic chutneys, soups, barbeque dishes, appetisers and soft drinks. The useful spice is a key ingredient in all spice blends like curry powder, garam masala, chana masala, meat masala.

Popular Indian dishes made with Jeera are Aloo Jeera, Jeera Pulao, Jeera Rice, Jeera Chicken, Jal-Jeera.

Health Benefits of Cumin Seeds:

Cumin seeds in Ayurvedic treatment has a special relevance and extensively used for treating digestive disorders, fighting flatulence and symptoms of the cold. Cumin seeds have potent phytochemicals which are rich in flavonoid antioxidants, strengthens the digestive system and is helpful in the formation of red blood cells. The aromatic spice is expected to control the heart rate and regulate blood pressure. The seeds are a vital source of Vitamins-B, B-6, A, E and C which strengthen the immune system and help in the prevention of harmful diseases.

Where to buy Cumin Powder & Cumin Seeds?

You can buy Cumin Powder & Cumin Seeds from any Indian Grocery Supermarket near you or order online from Value Supermarket. Since cumin is used in almost every dish it’s recommended to buy large pack size. Popular items are Natco Ground Cumin 400g, Natco Cumin Seeds 400g. If you prefer to use Jeera Powder and Coriander powder in the same proportion you can also buy Fudco Dhana Jeera Mix 1 Kg .

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