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Jul 15, 2008 01:05 PM

Substitute for cumin seeds

Is cumin powder a reasonable substitute for a recipe that calls for crushed cumin seeds?

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  1. Should be just fine, but you may need to adjust amounts....I'd start with less powder than the recipe calls for.

    1. Yes, certainly reasonable. Depending on what you're making, you may want to use less powder than the amount of seeds called for.

      1. Yes
        Certainly freshly toasted and crushed seeds have a stronger flavor and aroma, but the ground is the next best thing.

        I sometimes use fennel seeds in place of cumin seeds.

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        1. re: paulj

          Thank you all, the powder is going in pork burgers and I will just use a bit less than if I was using the crushed seeds.

        2. Yep, it's fine. I agree that you probably want to use a little less of the ground than you would of whole seeds. Also, if the recipe calls for you to toast the seeds in a dry pan, with ground cumin I would either skip that step or heat the cumin in a little oil for a few seconds.