Definition of cumin in English:

cumin

(also cummin)

noun

  • 1The aromatic seeds of a plant of the parsley family, used as a spice, especially ground and used in curry powder.

    • ‘The salted version often contains spices such as roasted cumin seeds or black pepper.’
    • ‘Other spices include cumin, coriander, turmeric, black pepper, cardamom, and cloves.’
    • ‘To make the curry powder, combine the ground coriander, cumin, fenugreek, pepper, ginger, paprika and turmeric and mix well.’
    • ‘Heat the oil in a frying pan, then add the cumin seeds and the garam masala.’
    • ‘Add the cumin and when brown, mix the rice and salt to taste.’
    • ‘Season with ground cumin, black pepper and garlic.’
    • ‘If you want, you can add chopped mint or ground cumin for additional flavour.’
    • ‘Nutmeg, pepper, caraway seeds, ground ginger and the curry spices of cumin and coriander are also worth considering.’
    • ‘Put in the salt, ground cumin, ground coriander, lemon juice and cayenne.’
    • ‘Nevertheless I found them very tasty despite not being able to discern the advertised cumin yoghurt sauce element in particular.’
    • ‘Stuff with couscous mixed with orange juice, paprika, cayenne, cumin, garlic, parsley, diced prunes and pinenuts.’
    • ‘Roasted ground cumin and ground black pepper can be sprinkled over fresh yogurt.’
    • ‘Add the corn, onion, jalapeno, leeks, cumin, and white pepper.’
    • ‘Heat oil, add cumin seeds and let them crackle, add fennel seeds and sauté the diced vegetables quickly.’
    • ‘Place a small line of the cinnamon and cumin caramel sauce across the center of a plate.’
    • ‘Spoon some sauce and shallots around the dish and garnish with ground cumin.’
    • ‘Spoon the tamarind and date chutney over the curds and sprinkle chilli and cumin powder on top.’
    • ‘Its flavor is rounded out with pomegranate seeds, dried mango peel, black peppercorns, toasted cumin, coriander, red chili powder and white pepper.’
    • ‘Add ground roast cumin and you have an Indian side salad.’
  • 2The small, slender plant that bears cumin and grows from the Mediterranean to central Asia.

    • ‘Yarrow, alyssum, fennel, cumin, & coriander all attract beneficial insects as well.’
    • ‘Harvest herbs grown for seeds - dill, caraway, coriander, and cumin, for example - as the fruits change color from green to brown or gray but before they scatter to the ground.’

Origin

Old English cymen, from Latin cuminum, from Greek kuminon, probably of Semitic origin and related to Hebrew kammōn and Arabic kammūn; superseded in Middle English by forms from Old French cumon, comin, also from Latin.

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