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  • What is cumin and how do you use it?

  • The Spruce / Lindsay Kreighbaum. Cumin is available as both whole seeds and ground powder and both are used in recipes. Whole cumin, for example, is featured in Indian dishes, where the whole seeds are added to hot oil at the start of the dish so the flavor infuses the oil and therefore the rest of the ingredients.

  • What are the best tips for cooking with cumin seeds?

  • Whole cumin seeds should be included early in the recipe so the spice has time to release its essence; adding them to a hot broth or oil will allow the aroma and flavors to disperse into the dish. Ground cumin is a quintessential spice in a few different blends, including curry powder.

  • What does cumin Spice taste like?

  • Cumin has a taste that is defined as 鈥渉ot and pungent鈥? a bitter-sweet that is able to enhance the flavors of the most diverse recipes. To best enhance its aroma and taste, try lightly toasting the spice (both whole seeds and cumin powder) in a non-stick pan, over low heat, for a maximum of two minutes.

  • How much cumin do I use for ground cumin?

  • Because the flavor of ground cumin is more concentrated than whole cumin seeds, you will need less in a dish. For a recipe that calls for 1 tablespoon of ground cumin, use 1 1/4 tablespoons of cumin seeds. Cumin is used in both meat and vegetable dishes, as well as in soups and sauces.