Spice Trade — cumin

... and a few other articles on cooking with spices!

Recipe: Tortilla Chip Dip

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In the year Japan was struck with Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake, I was living in Tokyo. I used to go to Ueno Park often for a stroll and whenever I got hungry, I went into Hard Rock Cafe located in Ueno station. I always ordered the same dish, Nachos. The combination of crispy corn tortilla with slightly hot tomato salsa and melted cheese on top was a treat for me. It was one of the dish I had missed from the United States. Whenever my father bought tortilla chips and tomato salsa, they were gone in few days because I couldn’t stop...

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Recipe: Kokum Rasam, spiced indian soup

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This one is something of a uncommon way of preparing rasam, a traditional Indian soup. The addition of Kokum makes this Rasam tangy, darker and balance well with the traditional sweet and spicy rasam flavour. You can mix it with rice and turn it into a main dish, or drink by itself as a refreshing snack. It’s extremely low in calories as it’s almost all water, but very filling, and as with all things spice: bursting with flavour. Recipe: Kokum Rasam Serves: 3-4 Ingredients – 5 pieces dry kokum– 1/2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder (kashmiri chillies are mild, and mainly...

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Dukkah (Recipe), an addictive middle eastern spice rub

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When you first see Dukkah, it may look a bit odd: what are you supposed to do with these blended nuts and spices? But when you try to use it suddenly the choices are astonishing. It can be mixed with some oil and eaten as a rustic dip for breads. You can rub it over meats and bake or pan fry for a lovely crunch and exotic taste. Or just munch on it raw… but beware, it’s addictive! Dukkah is also customisable, add in your own seeds or spices to create new flavours! Recipe: Dukkah (Middle eastern spice rub) Ingredients–...

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Recipe: Vegetable Gold Coins

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This one’s our family’s own invention: vegetable gold coins. Think of them like an upgraded burger patty: overflowing with fresh ingredients and spices, but all kept together. When made well this one really tastes like a party in your mouth. Savoury, deep fried, and lots of fresh food: who can say no to that? Recipe: Vegetable Gold Coins Servings: 16 Gold Coins. Ingredients: 4 slices of crustless white bread 2 large potatoes, boiled with skin on 10 french beans finely chopped 1 carrot grated 1 cup of green peas boiled 1 tablespoon grated ginger a small bunch coriander leaves finely chopped...

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What is the difference between cumin, caraway, black cumin and nigella?

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We get this question a lot: What is the difference between cumin seeds and caraway seeds? They look almost the same! … and then they notice our “black cumin” which further adds to the confusion. Here’s a look at all of them side by side so you can visualise the similarities and difference, and then we’ll delve deeper: Cumin seeds are a first cousin of carrot and parsley, and a visual twin of the caraway seed. They are also often confused with black cumin, but let us first have a closer look at the mighty cumin seed. Originally cultivated in the Mediterranean and...

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