If you don’t dabble in cumin often, this must change! Pronto! Today, you’ll learn a little bit about how to get friendly with cumin in your kitchen!
When most people think of cumin, they think of taco seasoning and Mexican flavors. While this is definitely an accurate portrayal of cumin’s deep, smokey flavor, cumin is actually native to Asia! It’s a popular choice in dishes from India and the Middle East as well (fun fact, fun fact). By now though, cumin is everywhere.
While you can purchase cumin as a seed (looks a lot like fennel or caraway), the ground, powdered variety is most common and the easiest to work with.
Although cumin is extremely versatile, it can quickly overtake a recipe and ruin an otherwise good dish. Season lightly, and add more as needed.
Cumin pairs really well with other “nutty” spices and seasonings, and depending on what you are cooking, try these tips to help you rock out with cumin in your kitchen:
Experimenting with Indian-inspired Cooking:
- Rice and Curried Vegetables
Cumin works great along with chili powder, garlic, cinnamon, or clove in any of the dishes above! With some variation of these spices, you can imagine the depth of flavor that you can add to your recipes.
If you aren’t confident in your spicing-abilities just yet, rely on a good recipe or ask here and I’d be happy to help!
- Rice and Beans
- And more!
Cumin and I are in love when it comes to Mexican cooking. Pair it up with garlic, lime, cilantro, and chili powder or any other variety of dried chiles for an awesome profile.
Note to self: must make nachos soon….
One more thing I’d like to add to this cumin introduction, is that you definitely don’t have to stop at just the traditional!
I add cumin for depth of flavor in most of my soups, stews, rice dishes, even in vegan mac and cheese.
Sprinkle cumin on a salad on add it to your favorite home made dressing. Make a zesty pasta dish or a yummy casserole. Cumin works with it all!
Have any more great cumin ideas? Share them with me below you know I’d love to hear it!