Cumin is popularly known as jeera, zeera. Cumin seeds are very popular throughout the globe and are used for their distinctive aroma. Cumin seeds have a lot of references historically as well. Cumin is generally fried or roasted before it is used in any dish. Cumin, either in seed from or grounded form is used to add flavor to vegetables and soups. Jeera, one of the main ingredients used in Dal to give it a slightly pungent flavor. Paste of cumin is used to treat boils and relieves the symptoms of common cold. Cumin also stimulates the appetite and boosts the ability of the Liver to detoxify the body.
Cumin seeds also have a slightly higher percentage of iron. The distinctive flavor and strong aroma of cumin is due to the essential oil content available.
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