The oblong, brown-colored cumin seed is one of the most popular spices in the world, thanks to its distinctive aroma, and warmly bitter flavour.
It can be used raw, but is generally roasted to enhance the flavour and aroma, and sometimes also powdered before use.
This ancient spice is popular in the cuisines of India, Mexico, North Africa, Western China and the Middle East. Cumin powder is widely used in preparing curry powders. It is also used to make chhaas (buttermilk), kadhi, salads, and subzis.