INGREDIENTS

Buyer's guide

Instead of buying ground cumin, buy fresh cumin seeds, dry roast them lightly in a pan, then grind them yourself. Replace your stock frequently - like other dried spices, cumin quickly loses its pungency.

Preparation

Cumin is frequently used in Indian cooking and is a regular component of curry powder and the Indian spice mixture garam masala. Cumin is also a regular in Mexican cuisine; in Europe, it flavours some cheeses and is sometimes used in baking. Add cumin seeds to dishes whole or grind them to a powder.