Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cumin Seeds - Jeera, Jira ko Geda - (जीरा)

Cumin Seeds - Jeera, Jira ko Geda - (जीरा)
Cumin seeds are gray green, oblong, ridged and thicker in the middle with pointed ends, somewhat resembling caraway or fennel seeds in appearance.  Cumin seeds are available either whole or ground at most supermarkets.  The flavor of ground cumin seeds loses its potency once it ages, so grind it fresh or purchase it in small quantities. 

Close-up picture of cumin seeds - Ground cumin has a distinct, strong, and powerful flavor and should be used carefully in measured quantities; otherwise, it may dominate a dish.

Cumin seeds are either used whole, ground, or lightly crushed, and are used extensively in Nepali cooking.

Cumin seeds are an essential ingredients in Nepali spice blends.  The above picture was taken at Nepali spice markets.

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