Cumin Powder can be purchased from any Indian grocery store. But keep in mind that the pre-made powder does not even come close in aroma & flavor when compared with the freshly prepared powder from Cumin seeds. The seeds are just as readily available in any Indian store, and they are dry roasted and ground to a powder using a mortar-and-pestle or an electric blender. Another benefit of making your own Cumin powder is that dry roasting the Cumin seeds brings out a lovely smoky flavor that is not found in the pre-packaged powdered Cumin. In my kitchen, I make small batches of Cumin powder to last a few days, and store them in an airtight container to retain their freshness.
How to make Roasted Cumin Powder
- Place a non stick pan on medium heat.
- Add the cumin seeds & dry roast till they are slightly darker in color and fragrant. Do not let the seeds turn dark brown. Immediately remove from heat & let them cool completely.
- Grind into a fine powder using a spice grinder.
- Store in an airtight container.
- I use Dry Coffee Grinder to grind it into a fine powder.
- Roasted Cumin Powder can be stored in an airtight container for several months.