It also has many uses as a traditional medicinal plant — particularly because of its ability to cure infections and aid the digestive system. Cumin is a good source of energy, vitamin A, C, E & B6, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin, and minerals like iron, manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. It is also rich in protein and amino acids, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and a reasonable amount of fats & fatty acids.
In Sanskrit, cumin is known as Jira, meaning “that which helps digestion”. Cumin seeds are ground to make cumin powder. It is widely used in Indian cooking added to beverages like lassi, masala buttermilk, salads, chaats, soups, etc.
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