Cumin is often jokingly referred to as the ‘third wheel’ in the duo that is salt and pepper. It is the spice that just quite didn’t make the cut. It is confined to the spice racks and only occasionally brought out to be added to sauce pans. Not quite like salt and pepper which find themselves with their own salt and pepper grinder sets!
But perhaps cumin should not be butt of jokes. In fact, cumin is an incredibly useful spice that has a lot going for it. It might even be an extremely powerful weight loss aid! Take that salt!
In this post, we’ll take an in-depth look at the benefits of cumin: it’s origin, its uses, and some tips for how to use it.
Cumin is often associated with Mexican cookbooks and occasionally the odd Mediterranean cookbook. This spice is actually native to Southwest Asia however, and has simply found its way into other cuisines from around the world. It’s also very popular in North African, Indian, and even Middle Eastern cooking!
To look at, you might be forgiven for thinking cumin were a caraway seed. These are tiny, rectangular, dried seeds – though when ground, the spice will look orange in color. However, it is actually made from the dried fruit of a plant. It has a very nutty and smoky flavour/aroma that works extremely well when paired with chilis, cinnamon, and coriander.
To use cumin, you can use it either as the whole seed or ground into a powder (the form it often comes in when bought as a spice). The seed works best when you toast it first, owing to its highly aromatic flavor. You’ll find it in a host of different chilis, stews, and curries. It’s also great in pasta.
As a superfood, cumin is quickly gaining attention. That’s because it offers a host of incredible health benefits that can improve immunity, treat piles, fight insomnia – even treat respiratory disorders and reverse anemia!
As a weight loss aid, it helps to boost the metabolism and thereby burn lots of fat. In fact, it may be more effective than many marketed ‘fat burner’ products that can do more damage than good. It also acts as a suppressant for hunger, which makes it double effective. In one study, it was found that women who ate cumin regularly were able to lose 3 pounds more on average per week – ultimately losing 14.64% more bodyfat percentage than the control group.
Want to try using cumin in a recipe? This is a great way to get familiar with the ingredient, so grab your apron and let’s give it a try!
This is a guava juice, so you’re going to use a cup of guava juice, a tablespoon of lemon juice, two tablespoons of sugar, a quarter cumin powder, pepper, crushed ice, and some water.
The cumin will come through nice and strong and really make the mix – just as it does in so many recipes. So much for this being the ‘third wheel’ of spices!
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