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Cumin seeds

What are cumin seeds? About the ingredient cumin seeds. Including 505 recipes with cumin seeds, nutrition data, photos, and where to find it.


Cumin is the second most popular spice in the world after black pepper.

Cumin can be found in some Dutch cheeses such as Leyden cheese, and in some traditional breads from France. It is commonly used in traditional Brazilian cuisine. Cumin can be an ingredient in chili powder (often Texan or Mexican-style), and is found in achiote blends, adobos, sofrito, garam masala, curry powder, and bahaarat.

Cumin can be used ground or as whole seeds. Cumin was also used heavily in ancient Roman cuisine. It helps to add an earthy and warming feeling to cooking, making it a staple in certain stews and soups, as well as curries and chilli.

Although cumin seeds contain a relatively large percentage amount of iron, extremely large quantities of cumin would need to be consumed for it to serve as a significant dietary source.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 tbsp, whole (6g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 22Calories from Fat 12
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.3g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 0%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 2.7g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Sugars 0.1
Protein 1.1g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 6% Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Cumin seeds are usually found in the spices section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Cumin seeds are a member of the Spices and Herbs USDA nutritional food group.

How much do cumin seeds weigh?

measure grams
1 tbsp, whole 6
1 tsp, whole 2

In Chinese:小茴香种子
British (UK) term: Cumin seeds
en français:graines de cumin
en español:semillas de comino

Recipes using cumin seeds

There are 488 recipes that contain this ingredient.

Abilene Texas Chili
Aloo Ko Achar (Potato Salad)
Aloo Mathar Paratha  (Sides)
Always Loved Vegetarian Chili
Amazing Cincinnati Chili
Ananda's Palak Paneer
Arizona Skillet Dinner
Aromatic Cabbage
Asparagus and Tofu with Indian Spices
Bean Veggie Burgers with Mexican Spicy Guacamole
Beet Greens with Indian Spices

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