Cumin Powder

Cumin (“Jeera” in Nepali) definitely dominates my spice rack and is one of the main ingredients in many of my recipes. Actually I can’t think of a single Nepali dinner recipe I make that doesn’t include cumin. Sometimes I temper whole cumin seeds to add an umami flavor to my soups. Other times I add home-roasted, finely ground cumin powder in the dishes as I cook. I am never satisfied with store bought cumin powder so I mostly make my own at home. I buy whole cumin seeds, dry them in the sun, roast them on the stove on low heat for 3-5 minutes, let them cool down for 10 minutes, grind them in a blender, and finally store the powder in a tight seal container. I love recycling old bottles to make my spice jars.

The smell of fresh toasted, home-ground cumin powder is such a pleasing aromatic that fills the entire kitchen. I absolutely adore the smell and flavor of cumin powder.

Cumin is an ancient spice that has been used by my ancestors since vedic times. It is a remedy for several health problems and is prescribed for prevention of many ailments by ayurvedic texts. It is also a spice in the saatvic diet, often referred to as the “yogi diet”. Cumin is totally amazing for creating delicious recipes but also for healthy living.

Cumin is without a doubt one of the most popular spices in the modern and ancient world. I add this Ayurvedic spice to all of my curries, soups, gravy, and more. I hope to grow my own cumin plants and harvest my own seeds in the future. Be sure to add cumin seed (jeera) to your daily healthy living recipes and habits.

Improve Blood Cholesterol
Strengthen Digestive Health
Fight Inflammation
Weight Loss
Vitamin B & E
Rich Source of Iron & Magnesium
Reduces the Causes of Cancer
Fried Rice
Ayurvedic Tea

I seriously add cumin in almost every dish I create. It is one of my secret ingredients for longevity and living a healthy lifestyle. Here is a spread of my favorite snacks (khaja set) that all includes at least a little cumin. All the recipes are from my upcoming cookbook “Plantbased Himalaya“.

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