Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) is a small flowering herbaceous plant belonging to the Apiaceae, family, of the genus;
Cuminum. Cumin seeds impart distinctive strong flavour and warm perception on taste buds. The
seeds can be stored in cool, dry, dark place, in airtight containers for many months and can be
milled using hand-mill as and when required.
Cumin is generally toasted/ roasted gently before adding in a recipe. Some Indian vegetarians
(Jeera daal, aaloo-jeera), chicken curries and rice dishes (biryani, pulao) use cumin on a
regular basis. The seeds have also been used in the preparation of soups, barbecue sauces,
pickling and as one of the ingredients in a variety of curry powders.