Cumin Recipes

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Cumin seeds, aromatic and nutty in flavor, are a popular spice in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian cooking. Here are a few recipes, both traditional and non-traditional, that you can try to add this flavorful spice into your meals.

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Grilled-Vegetable Pasta with Cumin

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If you're a fan of grilled vegetables, here's a fine way to turn them into a meal. We've selected a combination of eggplant, zucchini, and red bell pepper, but you can replace any of them with another vegetable, such as onions, tomatoes, or mushrooms.

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Cumin Lamb Noodles with Eggplant

Cumin Lamb Noodles with Eggplant
© Christina Holmes

Blogger Ashley Rodriguez creates a rich, creamy lamb ragu with delicious Greek flavors; it's a total crowd-pleaser and a nice alternative to more common Italian pasta dishes.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Turmeric and Cumin

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"I love this hot or cold, by itself or as part of a larger meal," says Sera Pelle of this cauliflower dish that’s a vibrant yellow from turmeric and fragrant with cumin, cilantro and mint.

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Chunky Guacamole with Cumin

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Choosing a guacamole recipe that will please everybody is no easy task, but this one from F&W's Marcia Kiesel is a winner because of its subtle tartness, nicely balanced heat and creamy-chunky texture.

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Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Cumin

Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Cumin

For this deeply satisfying soup, chefs Anna Trattles and Alice Quillet roast cauliflower with cumin seeds and curry powder to intensify the flavor, then simmer it with onion and water to make an unfussy, spice-inflected puree.

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Lamb Meatballs with Cumin, Mint, and Tomato Sauce

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Mint, cumin, and chopped almonds give these delicious meatballs their Middle Eastern flavor. There's plenty of mint and cumin in the tomato sauce, too. Serve the meatballs and sauce over steamed couscous to be authentic. We think they're great over rice too.

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Spicy Sichuan-Style Lamb with Cumin

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Cooking pieces of lamb shoulder in a superhot cast-iron skillet makes them wonderfully browned and tender.

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Cumin-Fennel Rubbed Salmon with Fennel-Parsley Salad

Cumin-Fennel Rubbed Salmon with Fennel-Parsley Salad

Rather than pan-roasting individual pieces of salmon, F&W's Grace Parisi prefers to cook a large fillet to keep the fish moist.

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Cumin-Glazed Ribs with Avocado-Pineapple Salsa

Cumin-Glazed Ribs with Avocado-Pineapple Salsa
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Beet-and-Tomato Soup with Cumin

Beet-and-Tomato Soup with Cumin
© P-A Jorgensen

Benjamin Leroux's terrific soup is an unexpected mix of beets, tomatoes and tomato paste; it has the flavor of a light borscht.

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Chicken Salad with Cumin-Scented Carrot Raita

Chicken Salad with Cumin-Scented Carrot Raita
© Deirdre Rooney

A supermarket rotisserie bird right off the spit is wonderful in this Middle Eastern-inspired warm chicken dish. It's a delicious and healthy alternative to a typical mayonnaise-based chicken salad, especially in a sandwich.

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Grilled Eggplants with Cumin Yogurt Sauce

Grilled Eggplants with Cumin Yogurt Sauce
© ANTONIS ACHILLEOS
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Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Cumin-Spiked Corn Puree

Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Cumin-Spiked Corn Puree
© Frances Janisch

Emmanuel Piqueras sampled a suckling pig dish in the Andean village of Huarocondo, which inspired this tangy, slightly sweet and spicy pork tenderloin recipe. Cape gooseberries or tomatillos replace the original sour green tomatoes, and pisco stands in for the fermented corn alcohol chicha de jora.

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Roast Chicken with Garlic and Cumin

Roasted Blue Foot Chickens with Glazed Parsnips and Carrots
© Dana Gallagher

Whole heads of garlic are roasted along with the chicken in this recipe, then chopped and added to the pan juices to make a light but rich-tasting sauce. The chicken serves 4 as a main course or 6 as part of a tasting menu, as here.

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Cumin Chili

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You'll get a clear taste of cumin in this great cold-weather chili made with ground beef, beans, and green bell pepper. If you want a hotter chili, add as much cayenne as you like.

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Swiss Chard with Ginger and Cumin

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“I often use just one or two spices, such as the ginger and cumin in this Swiss chard,” says Madhur Jaffrey. “It’s a very northern Indian approach.”

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Indian Cumin Fried Rice with Spinach

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F&W's Kay Chun creates a fast, vegetarian one-bowl meal by stir-frying cooked rice with chickpeas, spinach, and fragrant ginger and cumin.

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Roasted Carrot and Cumin Puree

Roasting carrots until they are golden brown brings out their sweetness and provides a perfect foil for tart lemon juice and musky cumin. Our silken puree is a particularly good side dish for lamb and also for roasted chicken.

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Roasted Carrot and Cumin Puree

Roasted Carrot and Cumin Puree
© Hannah Queen

Roasting carrots until they are golden brown brings out their sweetness and provides a perfect foil for tart lemon juice and musky cumin. Our silken puree is a particularly good side dish for lamb and also for roasted chicken.

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Eggplant Salad with Cumin and Fresh Herbs

Eggplant Salad with Cumin and Fresh Herbs
© QUENTIN BACON

As Nadia Roden was growing up, her mother prepared eggplants in so many ways--frying them, roasting them, stuffing them. This salad is one of Nadia's favorites.

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Southwest Spiced Chickpeas with Cumin and Lime

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Chickpeas, a high-protein legume, are tossed with lime and cumin, and oven-roasted at a high temperature.

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