Cumin powder is an essential ingredient in almost any curry recipe. You can make it easily at home. Watch this video for guidance.
Suppose you wonder why to make it at home when you can buy the powder in a store. Well, you will know the answer when you use freshly ground cumin powder in a curry.
Do this experiment: take half a teaspoon of cumin seeds and grind them to a coarse powder using a mortar pestle set. The first thing you will notice is the aroma that comes off freshly ground cumin seeds. And when you use that powder in your curry, the flavor will be different too. It will be unmissable.
Let’s see how to grind cumin seeds. Take a small number of dry cumin seeds and roast them on low-medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes. When the seeds start releasing their aroma, turn off the heat and transfer them to an open dish for cooling.
When fully cooled down, put the seeds in a spice grinder and grind to a coarse powder. Transfer to an airtight jar for future use. It is important to grind only a small quantity that you can use within a week or so.
Better still, grind using a mortar pestle set as and when you need the spice power. Nothing beats fresh.
Video credit: My Ginger Garlic Kitchen Youtube channel.