Can ground cumin be used in the place of cumin seed?


Quick Answer

Ground cumin, which is cumin seeds made in powder form, can be used as a substitute for cumin seed in a recipe. Cumin offers a slightly bitter and nutty taste.

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The shelf life of cumin seeds is longer than that of ground cumin. Cumin seeds can be safely stored for 12 months in a cool location whereas ground cumin should be kept for 6 months.

Cumin seed is often used in flavoring Mexican, Indian and Middle Eastern dishes. The seeds are oblong and yellowish-brown in color.

Cumin seeds are an excellent source of vitamins, including iron. The seeds are also believed to offer health benefits and aid in digestion.

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