How to make Cumin Powder?
A must have ingredient of every pantry, Cumin is a key ingredient in many curry and spice blends. Learn about cumin seeds and cumin powder, along with how to make roasted cumin powder at home in just 10 minutes.
Servings: 1 cup
Heat a heavy bottom pan on medium heat and add the cumin seeds.
Sauté the cumin seeds for some time till you get a wonderful aroma and see the seeds turning dark brown.
Then transfer the cumin seeds to a plate.
Making Cumin Powder without a grinder
This method works well for small quantities. You want the cumin seeds to be a bit warm so they break easily.
Place a small amount of roasted cumin seeds on a rolling base (chakla).
Roll the rolling pin over the seeds while gently applying pressure.
As the seeds ground, you will need to collect the seeds/powder back to the center of rolling base.
Keep rolling till you get a coarse powder.
Making Cumin Powder using a grinder
Tips to make perfect roasted cumin powder:
Cumin Powder: If you are making ground cumin powder minus the roasting part, then you can just blitz in a grinder. However don’t forget to grind in small batches as it starts losing its flavor after a month or so.
Storing: Make sure you store ground cumin in an air-tight container to lock in the aroma and flavor.
- Always roast the cumin seeds on medium heat, otherwise, the seeds burn easily.
- Keep stirring continuously so that all the seeds are evenly roasted.
- Grind the seeds only after they have cooled down completely if you are using a grinder. This avoids the moisture setting in and won’t make the powder go bad.
- Store in a cool and dry place in an air-tight container to preserve the taste.