Cumin seeds (Jeera) are extensively used in tadka and for flavoring curries, soups & parantha. It is an essential ingredient of curries, pickles & chutney.
"The herb native to Europe and West Asia is traditionally cultivated in the hills of Uttarakhand and other states. It is used as abortifacient, cardiac, stimulant, stomachic and tonic. Fruits are used as spice and flavoring agent in bread, meat, vegetables, brandy and liquors.
• Local Name: Kala Jeera
• Botanical Name: Syn. Apium carvi Linn
• Nutritional Constituents: The fruit contains umbelliferone, scopoletin, herniarin and leaves contain flanoids and glycosides. Essential oil contains carvone (45-65%)