Queue up for cumin.
It might look unassuming, but the depth of flavor cumin powder brings to your cooking is, as the kids say, legit. Its bittersweet nature brings a unique complexity to so many dishes you already know and love. And, speaking of love, cumin’s an aphrodisiac. Need we say more?
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Bring some nuance to your life (okay, to your cooking) by adding cumin powder. It’s one of the more widely used spices—not just in India, but all over the world—and adds a warm, earthy flavor that’s ever-so-slightly peppery, yet a bit sweet, somehow.
Ground cumin is a popular addition to many spice blends, but stands alone proudly and is often used as part of a rub or marinade for rich and flavorful meat dishes. Don’t worry, it makes your vegetables taste good too.
Here are a few ideas for cooking with cumin:
Cumin Lamb Noodles with Eggplant
Cumin-Glazed Ribs with Avocado-Pineapple Salsa
Sheet Pan Chicken with Chickpeas, Cumin, and Turmeric