Kitchen Hacks: 6 Cumin Substitute Choices For Every Situation

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It Can Help Improve Your Baby’s Immune System

Cumin can be used to improve your baby’s immune system through its antibacterial and antifungal properties. This means that if your baby is coming down with something, cumin can help reduce the duration and severity of the illness. In addition, cumin can also be used to relieve the symptoms of common colds and fevers such as headaches, sneezing, coughing, and body aches.

Health experts recommend using cumin with other herbs, such as ginger, black pepper, cloves, and thyme. These herbs work to improve your immune system and fight off various ailments.

Cumin has many other nutritional benefits that make it an ideal addition to your baby’s diet.

It Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties that Help the Muscles and Other Internal Organs

It has antioxidants that protect your baby’s body from free radicals and help prevent cell damage.

It contains proteins, iron, zinc, and iron. All these essentials help boost your baby’s immune system and keep their body healthy.

Helps With Your Baby’s Digestion

When your baby is getting ready to wean, you might feel a bit disappointed. You’re likely to miss being able to feed your baby and the connection you feel after nursing.

Combining the benefits of traditional baby remedies with modern science and technology, you can now buy a product that mimics the benefits of human milk.

One of these products is called Mother’s Milk replacers. To find one that’s suitable for your baby, you can look for one that’s tested and proven safe and that comes with the required nutritional content.

Mothers advocates for breast feeding and experts recommend you to give your baby mother’s milk as often as possible. Your baby will benefit from the unique fats, proteins, minerals, and vitamins in human breast milk. It will also secure your baby’s immune system by initiating the "maturation of the intestine" and in "stimulating the migration of gut associated lymphoid tissue" (GALT).

Fights Bacteria And Fungal Infection

Cumin is a true wonder spice. You can use it in cooking foods, making traditional dishes, or use it as part of your natural health diet. One of its most appealing properties is its ability to fight infections and bacterial diseases.

Cumin has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that can help fight bacterial or fungal conditions that affect the mouth, throat, stomach and intestines. It is especially useful in fighting against Candida albicans, or fungal infection of the mouth. Cumin spice can also be used to fight bacterial infections as well. It can be added in food for detoxification of the body and it can help to fight infections in the body, especially the urinary tract.

Cumin tastes bitter and nutty, and is often used in cooking to give a distinctive flavor to roasted or grilled meats, as a seasoning in curries and chutneys, and in pickling spices. A bitter taste in food is supposed to be a flavor of health, and it's been known in India and other countries that it cures various diseases and has antibacterial properties.

You can use cumin as a substitute for other herbs and spices that aren't compatible with certain types of foods, including chili for people who are on a low magnesium or sodium diet.

Good for Maintaining Iron

Cumin seeds are often taken orally to help increase the body's iron level. Iron deficiency, too little iron in the body, is a widespread problem primarily affecting women. Women are at a greater risk at the menstruation phase of their lives, while children are at a greater risk during the periods of rapid growth.

In general, iron deficiency affects 25 to 50 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 54. The daily recommended intake for women is 18mg per day, while it is for men only 8mg.

The seeds have been used for centuries for therapeutic properties, and there are plenty of people who swear by its medicinal value.

There is not only one benefit of using cumin in your diet; its significant antioxidant properties also play a role in preventing degenerative diseases, including cancer. Its relatively high levels of magnesium make it great for keeping your heart healthy, and health in general.

How To Grow Cumin In Your Backyard


Cumin is an annual herbaceous plant belonging to the Umbelliferae family which also includes carrots, celery, and parsley. Native to the Middle East, Africa, and India, it has been used for centuries for its medicinal, as well as culinary, properties.

This herb is an important part of both the Mexican and Indian cuisines , and is prized for its characteristic aroma and taste. It is mostly used while cooking meat, both in Indian and Mediterranean recipes

Cumin seeds have been known to aid digestion, treat indigestion and heartburn, relieve flatulence, prevent infection in wounds, as well as be beneficial in the treatment of respiratory infection, arthritis, asthma, and typhoid fever.

The oil derived from the seeds is also known to reduce fever, cure cough and relieve asthma and bronchitis.

6 Amazing Cumin Substitutes

I was first introduced to cumin while in college. We had this guy who played soccer with us at night and then helped fill this giant warehouse with racks of shoes the next day. He would bring these amazing Middle Eastern dips that were made of all these spices and fragrant ingredients like lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and cumin.

Cumin has an extremely strong and almost bitter smell … so be careful not to use too much, otherwise it will overpower the dish.

Curry Powder

Alright, here is one weird tip….

Add a couple of pinches or more of ground cinnamon and a pinch of allspice powder and then add ground cumin in the recipe where you would normally use curry powder. The flavor will be quite similar if not exact.

I have not tested this tip myself. But I would like to receive feedback on your experience with this tip.

Garam Masala

Garam Masala is a blend of dried herbs and spices commonly used in Indian cooking and is readily available from supermarkets.

The blend varies from region to region as each state in India has its own version. It's important to check the ingredients as some store-bought garam masala sold outside of India does not contain equal proportions of each ingredient in the blend.

Caraway Seed

Yes, caraway and cumin are quite similar in appearance and taste. And because caraway seeds are sweeter than cumin and less pungent, it can be used in sweet dishes, such as apple and pear pie. But caraway seeds should not be used in dishes that need a spicy element.

Wherever cumin is called for, you can certainly substitute caraway seeds. In fact, caraway seeds go well in certain Persian, Central Asian and European cuisines. You can use 1 tablespoon ground caraway seeds, for every 1 teaspoon ground cumin and vice versa.

You should remember to adjust the recipe slightly, if you decide to use caraway seeds for a recipe that calls for cumin powder. This is because recipes that use powder are typically more pungent than the ones that use seeds.

Cumin bears a small resemblance to caraway and fennel, but you should know that they don’t taste anything alike. Cumin is smaller than both of these seeds, and its color is more yellow than white. Now that you know exactly how to substitute cumin for caraway seeds, you will be able to experiment with this new spice in your meals.

Chili Powder

Chili powder is another key ingredient in chili, and most chili recipes call for chili powder instead of cumin. In many cases, you can easily substitute chili powder for cumin, but you’ll need to adjust the quantity.

Generally, 1/4 of a teaspoon of chili powder is called for in recipes calling for cumin, but adjust the quantity as needed depending on the desired flavor.

Ground Coriander

One popular ingredient in Indian and Middle Eastern cooking is cumin, which is widely added to chutneys, curries, dals, pickles, and sweets. It has a distinctive aroma and flavor that is loved across the world, except for in certain areas, like China, where people find coriander and cumin to be rather offensive.

If you’re experimenting with different cuisines from around the world, you might come across recipes calling for ground cumin that you can’t make because you don’t have any. However, don’t worry; there’s an easy cumin substitute that you can use. Just substitute ground coriander seed for ground cumin in your recipe, and you’ll be good to go.

Taco Seasoning Mix

In most cases, taco seasoning mix has simple ingredients, but I have tried enough blends to know that there are differences in the amounts of ingredients and their quality. Even something simple like taco seasoning can make a big difference in a recipe.

So I made my own seasoning mix this time. It’s a pretty basic formula, but here’s how I made the taco seasoning.

  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Storing and Organizing Your Spices At Home

The best way to organize and store your spices. It's a problem that a lot of us face in the kitchen. Do you arrange your spices in alphabetical order, do you keep them in the cabinet, on self, or in some other creative location? Well, you can stop searching for the best solution! There are a few methods that are tried and true.

For starters, the two most popular places to store spices are the pantry and the cupboard.

They’re both pretty good options but there are some key differences.

The pantry is better for storing whole spices that you don’t use that often. They’re less susceptible to moisture problems like a damp fridge. They are also much more airtight, which is ideal for keeping your spices at their freshest. The downside is that they’re more difficult to get to.

The cupboard is a convenient spot for smaller quantities of spices that you use a lot and in small quantities. Most people will use this option for their spices that they do a lot of cooking with and will have a regular need for.

Cupboards are also relatively easy to reach, which has benefits and drawbacks of its own. You will have easy access to the spices but they could also be exposed to excess heat and light when stored next to the stove.

Let’s Wrap It Up!

Some of these cumin substitutes are for different cuisines, but cumin has been known as an ingredient in many different recipes. And some of these easy to use substitutes will make a difference in your meal preparation.