Roasted cumin powder known as bhuna jeera powder is a quintessential Indian spice powder. Cumin both as whole and powdered is very widely used in Indian cooking. Roasted cumin powder is a must in most Indian curries and it sure elevates the taste and flavor. Making bhuna jeera powder at home is really easy and hygineic too. Here is how to make best homemade roasted cumin powder.
Cumin seeds known as jeera in India are staple in the pantries of Indian homes. You will find most of the Indian curry recipes like palak paneer, butter paneer, tikka masala , tandoori gobi, paneer tikka and many more. We also use this roasted cumin powder to perk up the flavor of chaats recipes like jhal muri, bombay sandwich, pani puri etc.
Apart from using whole cumin seeds for making jeera rice, aloo jeera, jeera rasam, I also use cumin powder in raita, spiced jams, in some chutneys, in some soups, in masala pasta recipes too. Basically cumin is a spice with loads of medicinal values that we should not miss.
Why Homemade Ground Cumin?
Why should we make roasted cumin powder at home while it is easy to grab a pack from the stores? Well as with any spice powder from the stores, this bhuna jeera is also prone to adulteration.
Next homemade spice powders are class apart in flavor and taste, not to forget they are economical and more potent. Given to that how easy it is to make cumin powder at home, we may reap these benefits as well.
Moreover roasted cumin powder has such a wonderful flavor and taste that takes any dish a level up. If you ave never tried making ground cumin at home I really urge to try once. The flavor and taste is nothing like what you get in stores.
Also while making at home you can use the finest quality of cumin and make it small quantities so that it stays flavorful and fresh.
I have a batch of homemade cumin powder, pepper powder, milk masala powder, tea masala powder, badam milk mix, hot chocolate, idli podi and other spice powders like cardamom, fennel seeds as homemade is more flavorful and clean.
Always check any whole spice for freshness before making powder. You can taste few cumin seeds to know if they are fresh or not.
This Homemade Roasted Cumin Powder Is
Clean, hygienic and pure
Vegan & gluten free
Prime ingredient for making Indian curries
Flavorful & fresh
Quick & easy to make.
Bhuna means roasted and bhuna jeera simply means roasted ground cumin. The flavor of roasted and plain cumin seeds are entirely different.
We use plain ground cumin with pepper in making rasam recipes whereas bhuna jeera or roasted ground cumin totally elevates the flavor and taste of dishes like aloo gobi, dahi bhindi, green chutney, paneer fry and many more.
With all these said let us quickly learn how to make best roasted cumin powder at home that way better than store bought stuff. Here are few of the frequently asked questions regarding ground cumin answered.
How Do You Toast Cumin For Grinding?
Cumin seeds are very delicate and they burn very easily. Always make sure to a heavy cast iron pan or skillet that withstands heat for roasting cumin.
Take the required quantity of cumin and spread on a plate first. Check for any impurities. Heat a heavy pan and transfer the cumin seeds. Over low flame roast until the color changes slightly and nice aroma wafts out. stir very frequently.
Cumin seeds go from roasted to burnt very easily so make sure to do the roasting in low flame only until the color changes slightly.
Which Grinder Is Best For Making Cumin Powder?
We usually use our Mixer grinder with small jar for making powders. You can use any good quality mixer grinder or spice grinder or coffee grinder for making ground cumin.
How To Make Roasted Cumin Powder
Pick and measure 1/2 cup cumin seeds.
Spread on a plate to check for any grit or other impurities.
Heat a pan and transfer the cumin seed.
Roast in low flame until color changes slightly and cumin seeds turn aromatic.
Let cool thoroughly.
Transfer to a mixer jar or spice grinder and grind to a very fine powder.
Spread on a plate again for few minutes before storing in clean bottle.
Use ground cumin as required in the recipe.
Uses of Ground Cumin
You can use it any chaat recipe to perk up the flavor. Just a pinch will go long way.
Use it to flavor your chaas, butter milk
Ground cumin is mainly used in Indian curries and gravies.
Make cumin tea for weight loss- Bring 1 cup of water to boil wit 1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder. Drink with or without honey.
Health Benefits of Roasted Cumin Powder
Cumin powder or seeds are best for aiding digestion. A small pinch of this powder or whole seeds after heavy meals helps in keeping tummy light.
Cumin is a known medicine for weight loss.
It is also rich in vitamin E, helps in boosting immunity.
Cumin along with pepper is a good medicine for treating cold and cough.
I hope you will try this roasted cumin powder recipe and enjoy as much as we did. P
Ground Cumin Or Roasted Cumin Powder Recipe
Roasted Cumin Powder | Bhuna Jeera
- mixer grinder or coffee grinder or spice grinder
- 1/2 cup cumin seeds
- Pick and measure 1/2 cup cumin seeds
- Spread on a plate to check for any grit or other impurities.
- Heat a pan and transfer the cumin seed.
- Roast in low flame until color changes slightly and cumin seeds turn aromatic.
- Let cool thoroughly.
- Transfer to a mixer jar or spice grinder and grind to a very fine powder.
- Spread on a plate again for few minutes before storing in clean bottle.