No Indian cooking is complete without a tadka of jeera. These small brown seeds floating in desi ghee on top of a dal gives such immense pleasure to the eyesight and to the olfactory senses. Apart from the aesthetics, jeera has many benefits for the body as well.
- Gets rid of bloating and acidity.
- Improves digestion and fights constipation. Jeera water is especially recommended for pregnant ladies.
- Promotes lactation in breastfeeding mothers.
- Boosts immunity.
- Treats diabetes.
- Regulates blood pressure.
- Treats anemia.
- Fights cancer.
- Relieves asthma and cold.
- Helps with insomnia.
- Enhances memory.
I was given a bowl of jeera powder roasted in desi ghee with jaggery every evening post delivery for 40 days. This was my evening snack. Though I loved jeera, this snack made me hate cumin for months to come.
There are various ways you can consume cumin seeds apart from cooking:
- Drink jeera water on empty stomach in the morning. It is said that jeera water flushes out toxins from the body and helps in the production of bile.
- Dry roast cumin seeds. On cooling down, grind it into a powder and store it in an air tight container. I use this powder in coriander chutney, buttermilk and lemonade.
- Post lunch, I put a tsp of jeera powder and Himalayan pink salt in warm water. It helps in digestion of food.
- Make a mukhvas by dry roasting jeera, ajwain and saunf. Add a pinch of rock salt and have it post meals.