Cumin seeds has a penetrating musty, earthy flavour. It’s a cooling spice. In the middle ages,
cumin was believed to keep lovers faithful and chicken from straying. More recently, cumin
has become popular because of its use in Mexican cooking.
Roasted very briefly on low fire (for only a minute) on a tawa (girdle) and then ground into
powder helps release its flavour more fully. Cumin is considered a digestive.