Cumin is a spice that is commonly used in Indian, Egyptian and Mexican cuisine. It is one of the ingredients in curry powder and garam masala. It is also an important ingredient in chilli con carne.
Dried cumin is used either ground into a powder – the most common form, or whole, often lightly toasted to enhance its flavour. The taste is strong, pungent and slightly bitter. Cumin should not be mistaken for caraway, which has a totally different taste. The seeds look almost identical and are often confused in Swedish recipes. In Swedish, cumin is called “spiskummin” and caraway is called “kummin”. In French and Spanish, cumin is called “cumin” and comino”, respectively.