Cumin, also known as Zeera, is a plant native to the regions along the east Mediterranean and extending to India. Its seeds are used in the cuisines of many different cultures, in both whole and ground form. They are used as a spice for their distinctive flavour and aroma. Cumin is globally popular and an essential flavouring in many Asian cuisines especially in certain regional Chinese cuisines as well as Malaysian Indian cuisines. They are also found in curries, pastes and soups.

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