Cumin is the dried seed of the herb Cuminum cyminum, a member of the parsley family. It is also used as a medicinal plant, serving as a digestant, as wellas being used to treat anemia and the common cold.
Widely popular for their distinctive aroma, cuminseeds are commonly found ingredients in the North African, Middle Eastern,Western Chinese, Indian, Cuban and Northern Mexican cuisine. The spice isnative to Middle-East Asian region, and today, grown all over the world for itsflavorful seeds.
Cumin can be used ground or as whole seeds. It helps to add an earthyand warming feeling to food, making it a staple in certain stews and soups.Cumin is known as Jira. Jirameans the ingredient which helps digestion.
A popular drink in southern India such as Kerala and Tamil Nadu is called jira water, made by boiling cuminseeds in water. It is believed that cumin is beneficial for heart disease,swellings, tastelessness, vomiting, poor digestion and chronic fever.
For 100g of spice
· Carbohydrates 34%
· Dietary Fibre 24%
· Protein 32%