Taste: Nutty, peppery, slightly bitter, warm and pungent with a smokey flavor.
Look: Dark grey blackish seeds
Smell: A bit mellower than regular cumin, slightly floral, and sweeter.
Add to biryanis (mixed rice dish), pilafs (also mixed rice dish, less spiced than biryanis), breads and biscuits, chutneys, lamb, potatoes, and even mango.
Pairs well with cardamom, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pumpkin seed, and turmeric.
- Quite rare and expensive, treat it like you would saffron
- Does not require roasting, but is recommended to intensify the flavor
- Anti-inflammatory (the extracted oil)
- Stronger diuretic than that of regular cumin
- Immunity booster (used on an ongoing basis)
- Can reduce risk factors that contribute to heart disease
Disclaimer: The sole purpose of the Health Benefits section of our spice pantry is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.