Cumin seeds and Cumin powder – Jeera and Jeera Powder

Cumin is one of the most commonly used spices in the Spice Box and especially in Punjabi cooking.

It also plays a big part in Garam Masala and I use it in many other dishes like Masala Beans (Recipe available soon in my Quick fix section) which is my own version of Baked Beans with a hint of Punjabi spice.

Cumin powder is the ground form of the whole seed and is more subtle in flavour. I make my own version of it by first roasting the seeds in a dry pan on a low heat and then grinding it once it has cooled either in a pestle and mortar or in a grinder. This gives it a slightly more intense flavour than the one you can buy in packets from food-stores.

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