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Substitute for cumin seeds

paulgardner Jul 15, 2008 01:05 PM

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

  1. j
    jlafler Jul 15, 2008 01:49 PM

    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.

    1. paulj Jul 15, 2008 01:42 PM

      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
        paulgardner Jul 15, 2008 01:47 PM

        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. n
        nemo Jul 15, 2008 01:39 PM

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

        1. k
          kmr Jul 15, 2008 01:39 PM

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

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