Roasted Cumin Powder/How to make Roasted Cumin Powder

13 Nov, 2017
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  • Servings : 1/2 cup
  • Prep Time : 15 min
  • Cook Time : 5-7 min

In my mummy’s kitchen, she always prepares basic spices at home like coriander powder, dry mango powder, garam masala, roasted cumin powder and much more. I have inherited the same from her. Trust me once you start preparing fresh masala at home, you will never feel like to buy it from the stores again. Though it does not take much time but gives distinctive flavor in your dish.

Cumin seed is very important basic spice in Indian kitchen as it is the main ingredient in most of the dishes like dal tadka, curries & dry vegetable.

Roasted cumin powder: roasting the cumin over low to medium heat to bring out the flavor. A little sprinkle of this powder enhances the flavor of chaats, chaas, and Raitas.


  • Cumin seeds/Zeera ½ cup


Step 1

Clean the cumin seeds. Place a pan over high flame once the pan is hot reducing the heat to medium then add cumin seeds, roast it over medium heat. Stir continuously for 1 min till you will get cumin seeds nice brown in color and aromatic.

Step 2

Once seed gets brown in color, turn off the heat and let the cumin seeds to take the remaining heat of the pan till it cool to room temperature.

Step 3

Transfer roasted cumin into the grinder and grind for a couple of seconds to make coarse powder, which will give nice flavor in the chaats. You can also make fine powder too.

Store it an airtight container once it cools down completely and could be used for months.


1. There is the very slight difference in black and brown, make sure that cumin seeds do not turn black otherwise it gives the bitter taste to powder.

2. Always use the dry and clean spoon in the container.

3. Flavor of roasted cumin powder decreases with time, so always prepare in small quantity.

4. Cumin seeds can be ground in the mortar & pestle as well.

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Tags: Basic spices, Roasted Cumin powder, Indian Spices, Chaat Ingredients


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