Cumin Powder or ground cumin (also known as Jeera Powder) is made by powdering dry roasted cumin seeds in a grinder. This homemade powder might appear ordinary but it has the magical powers to completely change the taste of a drink or a dish. Here is how to make it at home.
Known as Cuminum Cyminum, cumin is obtained from a flowering plant that is majorly grown in India, North Africa, and the Middle East.
These cumin seeds are then dried and powdered just like chilli powder is made from dried red chillies and then used in various cuisines.
Unlike black cumin, for making this powder recipe, I have used the regular cumin seeds that I use to make Jeera Rice.
You can read more about cumin here.
What is Cumin Powder or Ground Cumin?
Prepared from dry roasted cumin seeds, Cumin Powder, Ground Cumin or Jeera powder has all the quintessential components of cumin and a roasted flavor that makes any cuisine in which it is used more palatable.
You can make a big batch and store it for use up to a month.
Health Benefits of Cumin
Cumin is rich in Vitamin E and hence it has anti-aging properties.
Research shows that Homemade Cumin Powder just like cumin essential oil is very digestive, antiseptic, and diuretic.
Not only is it good for your taste buds but it also helps you when you want to lose weight. Oh, yes, you heard me right, it effectively aids weight loss.
Moreover, it also prevents diabetes, blood sugar cancer, treats insomnia, and is also good for the skin.
Right from soothing summery beverages like Chaas, Ragi Malt till sides like Boondi Raita to main course accompaniments like Restaurant Style Dal Makhani or any other curry add a pinch of this finely flavored powder and trust me you would smack your lips and taste buds savoring the delicacies made from these, people.
It is also used in Chaat Recipes and adds a very distinct flavor to the dishes.
You can also use it in your face packs and ad some in your hair oil for cosmetic benefits.
You can make Cumin tea using this powder. This tea is supposed to be very good for weight loss.
Cumin Seeds vs Cumin Powder
Although ground cumin is made from cumin seeds, the way both these behaves when added in a dish is very different.
Cumin Seeds bursts into flavor when one seed comes in your mouth while the ground cumin mingles well with the base of the dish and becomes a part of the overall taste profile.
The shelf life of cumin seed is at least a year while ground cumin loses its potency in under a month.
It’s always advisable to make small batches of ground cumin at one time.
To make this powder, you need a good grinder that can grind the roasted cumin seeds into a fine powder.
A coffee grinder also works well.
How to make Cumin Tea?
Cumin tea is basically water infused with the flavor and the nutrients from cumin seeds. It is actually a tisane rather than a tea.
To make Cumin tea or cumin water, heat 2 cups of water in a pan. Add 1 tsp of cumin powder and let it boil for 2 minutes. Strain the cumin tea and add honey to it. Serve hot.
You can also make cumin tea using cumin seeds instead of powder. Just add 1 tsp cumin seeds per cup of water.
Pro Tips by Neha
Always roast the cumin seeds on medium-low heat otherwise they will burn and the taste will not be too good.
Keep stirring the seeds continuously while roasting.
Grind the seeds only when they are cooled.
Store the powder in an airtight container for up to 6 months in a cool dry place.
Ground Cumin Substitute
This spice has a very unique flavor and you must try to not substitute with anything else.
It’s not a very expensive spice and is easily available, so having some in your kitchen will only help.
But just in case, you are short of ground cumin, here is an article by The Spruce Eats which lists 6 substitutes for cumin.
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Step by Step Recipe
Add cumin seeds in a pan.
Dry roast the cumin seeds until they become fragrant and dark brown in colour. Remove the pan from heat and let the seeds cool down.
Transfer the seeds in a grinder and grind to make smooth powder.
Powdered roasted cumin seeds.
How to make Cumin Powder
- 1 cup Cumin Seeds
- Dry roast the cumin seeds until they become fragrant and dark brown in colour.
- Remove the pan from heat and let the seeds cool down.
- Transfer the seeds in a grinder and grind to make smooth powder.
- Store the powder in a glass jar for up to a month.