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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.