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Cumin is made from the dried seeds of a plant in the parsley family. Its flavor is earthy and nutty. Cumin is sold as seeds or as a powder. Cumin seeds can be toasted in a dry, nonstick skillet to enhance their flavor. Cumin is commonly used in Indian curries, as well as to season chickpeas, couscous, vegetable dishes and condiments, including raita, a yogurt-based Indian dish. It is also used in Latin American dishes, including as a rub for grilled meats, poultry and seafood.

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