Roasted Cumin Powder - Bhuna Jeera Powder

// Roasted Cumin Powder or Bhuna Jeera Powder. Cumin Seeds aka Jeera is a must in most of the savory Indian dishes. It surely boosts the flavours.



Roasted Cumin Powder, or Bhuna Jeera Powder, is an Indian spice blend made using essential Indian spice—cumin seeds. It is a commonly used spice that adds robust flavors to a variety of Indian dishes.

This versatile spice blend enhances the overall flavor profile of spicy and savory dishes.

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On this page, I have shared a step-by-step picture and video recipe on how to make roasted cumin powder at home. 

About Roasted Cumin Powder

Making cumin powder or bhuna jeera powder at home is super quick, easy and fun. 

Freshly roasted cumin seeds impart a beautiful aroma to any dish while boosting the flavors.

Cumin Seeds aka Jeera is a must in most of the savory Indian dishes, and you might have seen many of my recipes which required roasted jeera powder. Many Indian dishes do.

Roasted simply means Bhuna hua or sika hua in Hindi. And Cumin means jeera, so this bhuna jeera powder is a literal translation of roasted cumin powder in Hindi.

Cumin aka Jeera powder makes dishes so aromatic:

I have been getting so many requests for a long time, about ‘How To Make Roasted Cumin Powder / Bhuna Jeera Powder’.  So, here it is.

Anyone who has ever used Jeera in their dishes will agree with the fact that the redolent fragrance of jeera makes dishes more flavorful.

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Benefits of Cumin Powder

Cumin seeds also have many marvelous health benefits, the major being aiding in digestion. Yes, it is also believed that the consumption of Jeera can improve digestion and reduce constipation. No wonder this is amazingly good for your skin and hair.

I reckon it to be true because I can still recall my grandparents drinking a glass of spiced buttermilk, Chaas, after lunch — which had a lot of jeera powder.

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How To Make Roasted Cumin Powder At Home

Making this cpice powder at home is very easy and quick. Only 1 ingredient and 5 minutes of your precious time are all you need to make the  cumin powder at home.

Best Roasted Cumin Powder (Bhuna Jeera Powder):

The homemade powder is much more fragrant than the store-bought packets. And the process to make it at home only requires cumin seeds and some time.

I still remember that most of the time my Mom used to put freshly roasted and grounded jeera powder in food. She roasted jeera on roti tawa while making rotis and grounded instantly with a rolling pin. No wonder it was the best. Mmmm, that aroma of jeera being roasted is something I still yearn for.

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Some Awesome Recipes where you can use this Roasted Jeera Powder:

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Uses & Storage

The addition of this homemade Jeera Powder to your dishes would surely boost the flavors. It gives a nice intense aromatic flavor and taste to the food. You can quickly and easily make a batch and then store it in an airtight container. 

It’s generally added to Indian foods like curry, chaat, bhel, raitas, and many more similar dishes.

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Roasted Cumin Powder vs Cumin Powder

Roasted cumin powder and regular cumin powder are both distinct variations of an Indian spice blend. Both of them are used in many dishes, and each imparts a unique flavor to the dishes.

Flavor Profile:

Roasted cumin has an intense and enhanced smoky flavor due to the roasting. The roasting process brings out natural oil and adds deeper earthy notes to the flavor of this spice. Whereas, cumin powder has a milder and sweeter flavor compared to its roasted counterpart.

Color:

Roasted cumin powder has a darker brownish hue due to roasting. Regular cumin powder has a lighter, brownish color

Common Uses:

Both spice variations have different uses in various dishes. Roasted cumin powder is widely used in Indian cuisine to add depth of flavors to curries, yogurt, sautéed vegetables, chaats, and dals. It is also used as a finishing touch for soups, salads, and raitas. This powder is also used in Middle Eastern and Mexican cuisines.

Cumin powder is used in various cuisines worldwide, including Indian, Mediterranean, and Latin American recipes. This essential spice blend is generally used in stews, curries, soups, and rice dishes.


Roasted Cumin Powder - Bhuna Jeera Powder (Step-by-step photo instructions)

Roasting Cumin Seeds:

  1. In a wide pan add the cumin seeds and roast them at medium heat till they are golden and aromatic. It would take about 2 minutes. Do not over roast the jeera seeds, or they might taste bitter.
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  3. Remove roasted cumin seeds from heat and transfer to a plate. Let them cool completely.
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Pounding Method 1:

  1. Transfer roasted cumin seeds into a grinder.
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  3. Grind to make a fine powder.
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  5. Transfer it to a spice jar to store.
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  7. Lable it. Your roasted Jeera Powder is ready.
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Pounding Method 2:

  1. Transfer roasted cumin seeds on a working surface and grind it into a fine powder using a rolling pin. Your roasted Jeera Powder is ready.
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Roasted Cumin Powder - Bhuna Jeera Powder [Recipe]

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Roasted Cumin Powder or Bhuna Jeera Powder. Cumin Seeds aka Jeera is a must in most of the savory Indian dishes. It surely boosts the flavours.
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Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
7 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Howto Indian 22
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
11 calories 4 Tbsp

INGREDIENTS

For Roasted Cumin Powder:
  • 1/4 cup Cumin seeds (Jeera)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Roasting Cumin Seeds:
  1. In a wide pan add the cumin seeds and roast them at medium heat till they are golden and aromatic. It would take about 2 minutes. Do not over roast the jeera seeds, or they might taste bitter.
  2. Remove roasted cumin seeds from heat and transfer to a plate. Let them cool completely.
Pounding Method 1:
  1. Transfer roasted cumin seeds into a grinder.
  2. Grind to make a fine powder.
  3. Transfer it to a spice jar to store.
  4. Lable it. Your roasted Jeera Powder is ready.
Pounding Method 2:
  1. Transfer roasted cumin seeds on a working surface and grind it into a fine powder using a rolling pin. Your roasted Jeera Powder is ready.

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NOTES:

  1. You can store and use this powder for a couple of months.


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