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how to make ground cumin powder.

Homemade ground cumin powder made with cumin seeds.

This is an easy step by step guide on how to make, how to use and the benefits of cumin seeds and powder.

Cumin, as you may all know, is a very versatile spice that could be either used as a whole or in ground form.

It’s distinct flavor and aroma can certainly bring character to food and the powdered form is mainly used in curry powders.

Ground cumin powder has a  flavor profile you will find in many cuisines such as Indian, middle eastern and in most cuisines from around the flavor.

What is cumin powder?

You can easily identify the spice for its shape and often confused with caraway seeds. 

Cumin is the dried seed of the herb Cuminum cyminum, a member of the parsley family. Cumin seeds have eight ridges with oil canals.

They resemble caraway seeds, being oblong in shape, longitudinally ridged, and yellow-brown in color. (Source Wikipedia) 

cumin seeds

COOKING METHODS BEST SUITED FOR CUMIN POWDER.

Stir-fries, curries, stews, soups, marinades and baked goods with certain ingredients.

 

Take a look at the difference between store-bought cumin powder and homemade cumin powder!

difference between homemade and store bought cumin powder.
WHY YOU SHOULD DRY ROAST THE CUMIN SEEDS FIRST.

If you are making your own spice blend or grinding individual spices, keep in mind, they need to be exposed to some kind of heat to bring the best out of them.

When gently dry roasted, the subtle oils in the cumin seeds(not visible to the eye) will make the cumin powder darker, releasing a fragrant aroma.

Removing any type of moisture also helps the spice with longer shelf life.

Spices and herbs that go well with cumin powder.
 

Obviously coriander powder.

You will notice in Sri Lankan and Indian cooking cumin powder is always added with coriander powder.

This is because the cumin powder and coriander powder combined makes the base of thick, robust flavors for curries, especially meat dishes.

For best results in curries, always make sure to use a ratio close to 1:3, where for every tablespoon of cumin powder, you use 3 tablespoons of coriander powder.

Turmeric powder, red chillie powder, pepper, paprika, fennel are some of the other spice powders that go well with cumin.

Oregano, thyme, Basil are some of the herbs that go well with cumin powder as well.

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This is an easy step by step guide on how to make, how to use and the benefits of cumin seeds and powder.

Benefits of using Cumin powder in your cooking.

The most common traditional use of Cumin is for indigestion.

For all of you who do not prefer to taste the cumin seed in your meal, this powdered form is best suited to enjoy the taste and benefits of it.

Can I substitute Coriander powder with cumin powder?

If you look up for substitution for coriander powder the general advice is to use cumin powder.

While I would agree with this to a certain point(mostly used for your meat grilling and baking).

As a home cook who uses coriander powder and cumin powder for my daily cooking, I would like to state that coriander and cumin have completely different flavor profiles and you can’t always substitute these two spices.

Cumin is a much more pungent and stronger spice than coriander powder.

While you won’t usually taste coriander using it with cumin, it provides an essential base for every curry and for the cumin flavors to shine through.

If you are just using cumin as a coriander substitute, I would advise using 1/2 tablespoon of cumin if the recipe instructions say 1 tablespoon of coriander powder.

Utensils and appliances needed.

Large sieve.
A medium-sized bowl.
Platter.
Microwave-friendly plate

More curry powders!

How to make coriander powder.

How to make garam masala powder

How to make Sri Lankan raw curry powder

Malaysian meat curry powder.

Sri Lankan Jaffna curry powder.

What is the shelf like of cumin powder

Cumin seeds have a shelf life of 1 year and cumin powder would be 6 months provided you store them in airtight containers and store them properly EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU USE IT.

 

Although cumin powder comes with an expiry date of 6 months on most labels, I believe that every time we open the lid and use it a certain amount of moisture and air gets into the spice powder making it less potent in flavor.

So I would say, only make cumin powder to last you for 2 months and then replace it if possible.

This is not me encouraging you to throw away but advising you to make or buy only to last 2 months ahead of time.

How much cumin powder should I make or buy?

As mentioned above buy cumin powder to last for 2 months. depending on how much you use this would be between 100g to 200g of cumin powder.

RECIPE DIFFICULTY -EASY

HOW TO MAKE CUMIN POWDER

Please make sure to read the recipe instructions carefully to avoid mistakes.

Ingredients

Ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.

2 cups of raw cumin seeds

Method.

HOW TO CLEAN CUMIN SEEDS.

Place the cumin seeds in a large sieve.

Keep the sieve under running water, wash and pick out any impurities that you find.

Drain any excess water and place the sieve over a bowl to drain excess water.

Once in a while, gently shake the sieve to move the cumin seeds around to dry them.

HOW TO DRY AND GENTLY ROAST THE CUMIN SEEDS (3 WAYS).

1. Drying the cumin seeds the natural/old way.

Place the washed and semi-dry cumin seeds on a tray, place the tray under the sun to dry the cumin seeds naturally. 

If you are using the sun to dry the cumin seeds, make sure it’s somewhere clean, where bird droppings, traffic fumes and dust cannot get to the cumin seeds.

2.How to dry and gently roast the cumin seeds using the microwave.

Place the cumin seeds in a microwave-friendly plate or platter.

Microwave the cumin seeds in 30 seconds intervals for 3 minutes which will completely dry the cumin seeds.

3.How to roast the cumin seeds over a stovetop.

Place a frying pan over low-medium heat.

Heat the pan for 2 minutes, add the coriander seeds and gently dry roast the seeds while continuously moving them around.

Transfer the cumin seeds onto a plate and let it cook (30 minutes).

How to make the cumin powder.

Use any of the methods mentioned above to dry cumin seeds.

 

Once the cumin seeds have cooled down, use a coffee grinder or the spice grinder unit in your blender to grind the cumin seeds to a powder.

Use the pulse button to do this.

Grind until you have a coarse powder.

You have the option of using a sieve to separate a fine cumin powder from the coarse bits or use it as it is. 

Immediately transfer the powder into an airtight, dry, clean glass jar.

Yield: 4

how to make ground cumin powder.

how to make ground cumin powder.

This is an easy step by step guide on how to make, how to use and the benefits of cumin seeds and powder.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.
  • 2 cups of raw cumin seeds

Instructions

HOW TO CLEAN CUMIN SEEDS.

Place the cumin seeds in a large sieve.

Keep the sieve under running water, wash and pick out any impurities that you find.

Drain any excess water and place the sieve over a bowl to drain excess water.

Once in a while, gently shake the sieve to move the cumin seeds around to dry them.

HOW TO DRY AND GENTLY ROAST THE CUMIN SEEDS (3 WAYS).

1. Drying the cumin seeds the natural/old way.

Place the washed and semi-dry cumin seeds on a tray, place the tray under the sun to dry the cumin seeds naturally. 

If you are using the sun to dry the cumin seeds, make sure it’s somewhere clean, where bird droppings, traffic fumes and dust cannot get to the cumin seeds.

 

2.How to dry and gently roast the cumin seeds using the microwave.

Place the cumin seeds in a microwave-friendly plate or platter. Microwave the cumin seeds in 30 seconds intervals for 3 minutes which will completely dry the cumin seeds.

 

3.How to roast the cumin seeds over a stovetop.

Place a frying pan over low-medium heat. Heat the pan for 2 minutes, add the coriander seeds and gently dry roast the seeds while continuously moving them around.

Transfer the cumin seeds onto a plate and let it cook (30 minutes).

 

Grinding the cumin seeds to a powder.

Once the cumin seeds have cooled down, use a coffee grinder or the spice grinder unit in your blender to grind the cumin seeds to a powder. Use the pulse button to do this.

Grind until you have a coarse powder, you have the option of using a sieve to separate a fine cumin powder from the coarse bits or use as it is.

Immediately transfer the powder into an airtight, dry, clean glass jar.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 738Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 34gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 331mgCarbohydrates: 87gFiber: 21gSugar: 4gProtein: 35g

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