Many dishes of India are such that the taste emerges only after the tempering (baghar) is applied in it. The big thing is whether onion, garlic etc. should be added in the tempering or not, but cumin will definitely be there. The taste and smell of cumin not only make the food tasty, but also add fragrance to it. Cumin can be kept in the category of spice, but it has so many properties to keep the body healthy that it is also called medicine in Ayurveda. The kitchen of India is incomplete without cumin, that is why it is being used in food for thousands of years. But you will be surprised that cumin is not a spice of India.
It was born in the fertile land of the Middle East
It is not that cumin has tempted India itself. For thousands of years it is also being used in Egypt, Africa, Syria, Turkey, Mexico, China. There is no solid evidence about the original origin of cumin, but it is true that its cultivation started in the Fertile Crescent, the fertile land of the Middle-East region, which includes Israel, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Turkmenistan and Asia. in some areas).
Information about the use of cumin is found in Egypt located 3000 years BC.
By the way, the first information about the use of cumin is found in Egypt located 3000 years BC, where it was also used in spices made to protect mummies. It has also been found in excavations dating back to 2000 years BC in Syria. Where it was being used as a spice. The special thing is that cumin has been described in special context in the famous religious text of Christians, Bible.
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It is being used in India since 2000 years.
It is believed that the cultivation and use of cumin started in India from the first century. There is no information about this in ancient religious and Ayurvedic texts of India written before this period. When the scholars of India found that cumin has many characteristics and along with spices, it also has medicinal properties, then its use started from food to Ayurvedic medicines. Since ancient times, cumin has not only become an effective part of Indian culinary culture, but it has also been used to keep the body healthy. Its pungent smell and different taste also took it to such heights in spices.
The cultivation and use of cumin in India started from the first century.
Some funny things about cumin have also been in vogue
There are some funny ‘fictions’ about cumin in the folklore of the land where cumin was originated. These can also be called superstitions. As in the marriage ceremony, if the bride and groom keep cumin with them, then their life will be happy. In the house where there will be cumin, the chickens and chickens growing there do not wander and live near the house. It is also said that the lover or girlfriend will not run away from the house of cumin. In ancient Greece, there was a tradition of placing cumin seeds on the dinner table. Cumin was also seen as a sign of loyalty.
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Its consumption in India, 70 percent of the yield
The condition of the ‘addiction’ of the people of India about cumin is that 70 percent of the cumin produced here is consumed in the country itself. The remaining 30 percent cumin is exported.
Exported countries include America, Canada, South America and many countries of the Middle East. In India, cumin is most commonly used as a tempering in vegetables. Apart from this, its appropriate amount is also added to the spices prepared for vegetables or non-veg. It is also being used extensively in Ayurvedic medicines.
In India, cumin is most commonly used as a tempering in vegetables.
This small cumin is full of vitamins and minerals
Along with food, cumin is also very beneficial for the body. It would not be an exaggeration to say that it is full of virtues. Vitamins A, C, E and B6 are found in this small spice, minerals like iron, manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium are also present. Along with this, the consumption of cumin also provides proper amount of proteins, amino acids, carbohydrates, fibers and fats and fatty acids. Cumin has the main ability to digest. Along with this, it also increases appetite.
Most beneficial for digestion and skin
According to well-known Ayurveda expert Dr. Veena Sharma, the great feature of cumin is that it also helps the body in detoxification, as well as enhances the action of metabolism. It is a good source of iron. People suffering from lack of blood in the body must consume cumin. Due to its hot effect, it is helpful in removing cold, cold and phlegm. Cumin is being used in various ways in Ayurvedic medicines for stomach and skin. Cumin water is very beneficial for the skin.
It has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties which control the infection. After roasting cumin seeds and mixing its powder with curd, eating it can reduce weight. The stomach will be fine. He told that some research suggests that cumin is also helpful in reducing the blood sugar level of diabetics. Like other spices, excessive consumption of cumin is also harmful. This can cause digestive problems. Acidity can increase in the body and excessive consumption of it causes belching.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : June 26, 2022, 08:32 IST