Cumin (ജീരകം जीरा)
A seed derived from the plant Cuminum cyminum, which is dried and used as a spice in multi-cuisine both in whole and ground form. Used for its distinct flavour and aroma, in ancient days, cumin’s usage is documented as a spice and a preservative for mummification.Storage:
- These dried seeds can be stored in airtight containers indefinitely.
- The aromatic flavour of the spics adds flavour to stews, soups, curry, and even chilli powder, like Mexican style chilli powder.
- Cumin can be used in pickles and pastries too.
- In the southern part of India, Jira (cumin) water is used for drinking by boiling the seeds.
- The most traditional use of cumin is for indigestion.
- This is a rich source of iron and can be used as an iron supplement.
- Other health benefits include weight loss, fat reduction, lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing good (HDL) cholesterol.
- Cumin is also available in health supplement form on the market.