Friday, January 13, 2012

Cumin (seeds and ground) / Homemade Fajita Spice Blend - Margaret Ullrich

He'll be cumin 'round the mountain, when he comes.....
Cumin really is too good a spice to be stuck in a bad joke.
What can I say?
Let's just blame it on the weird weather we've been having in Winnipeg.

Cumin isn't as famous as pepper or cinnamon.
But it is essential in curry and chili powders.
Yes, those are blends of spices.
Now you know.

Cumin seeds can be stirred into cheese spreads.
Or you can add a few to cooking water for rice or couscous.

Ground cumin adds a nice touch to lentil soup.
You can add a pinch to bottled salad dressing.

Have yogurt, have cumin, have fun...
Stir some cumin into plain yogurt, add some chopped cucumber and serve 
the cucumber/yogurt with spicy curries.
For a cooling summer drink, season plain yogurt with cumin and salt 
and thin with cold water.
Much healthier than a soda.

Along with curry and chili powders, cumin is in those packages of Fajita seasoning.
And you can make it at home!

Fajita Spice Blend

4 Tablespoons chili powder
2 Tablespoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground oregano
2 teaspoons garlic salt

Makes a scant 1/2 Cup

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