Amchur Dried Mango Powder
1 Tin (35g)
Cumin is a global spice – it’s widely available but there’s a big difference between a top quality and basic cumin. It should smell lively, not flat, with earthy aromas: hints of woodiness, green citrus notes and a savoury spiciness.
The advantage of cooking with cumin seeds is that they can be kept whole to deliver a hit of flavour, or ground on demand for ultimate freshness. For best results, toast the seeds in a dry pan (no oil) until fragrant and then freshly grind the cumin seeds.
It’s thought that cumin is native to Egypt, but Berbers transported it across the Sahara, Arab traders took it to the Middle East and now it’s an everyday spice from the Indian subcontinent to Central America. Ground cumin features in blends like garam masala and harissa. It’s a key ingredient in Turkish tagines and Mexican mole, and might be used to spike trays of roast vegetables, meat marinades and even top a salted lassi.
Cumin should be stored in a dark, airtight container, to retain its lively flavours, and prevent it from becoming dull and flat.
Minimum 90 days
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