Cumin powder comes from dried and grounded cumin seeds. If you have already bought some cumin powder, then you may also be curious about how you can use these seeds. Here are 2 ways you can use cumin seed to bring out the artisan in you.
Cumin contains essential oils such as 2-methoxy-3-sec-butylpyrazine, pyrazines, 2-ethoxy-3-isopropylpyrazine, cuminaldehyde, and 2-methoxy-3-methylpyrazine. These beneficial health essential oils can be used to alleviate symptoms associated with several conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and more. Fry the seeds in hot oil to extract these essential oils from cumin without losing its flavor. You can then use it as a tincture to help alleviate several symptoms or use it as a food supplement.
Another way you can use cumin seed is to toast them. Toast the seeds in a hot dry pan, but be sure to keep the pan moving to prevent the seeds from burning. Toasting the seeds intensifies the flavor of cumin while supplementing it with a smoky flavor. Add the toasted seeds to your favorite bread recipe, salad, or any dish to give it that extra boost of flavor and crunchiness.
Now that you know a couple of ways to prepare and use cumin seeds, you are probably now wanting to buy them in bulk. When you do, be sure to buy these certified organic and non GMO seeds to ensure you get the best cumin possible for your artisanal needs.