Homemade Cumin Powder


Homemade Cumin Powder is the easiest DIY. Simply dry roast cumin seeds and grind them using a mortar and pestle for most flavorsome and fragrant cumin powder.

Have so many recipes here using Roasted Cumin Seeds. I thought why not share how to roast as well.

Dry Roasted Cumin Seeds

Why? Because roasted seeds powder is an essential spice in my kitchen. Because sprinkling roasted seeds on buttermilk, raita or a salad adds a wonderful flavor to the dish.

Roasted Cumin Seeds

Roasting seeds at home is so easy that it is a shame to buy it.

Cumin Seeds
Do you I need to convince you more?

All you need is roasted seeds and a thick bottom pan/ gridle.

You may grind the roasted using a mortar & pestle, a rolling pin on counter or in grinder.

Though the taste & smell of freshly roasted & ground cumin seeds is unbeatable but this works wonderfully too.

Having ready-to-use roasted seeds powder also ensures that V makes raita most of the times. ;)

Homemade Cumin Powder

A spice which is always found in my pantry. It is easy to make and adds flavor to dips & yogurts.
Active Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: DIY
Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian
Keyword: Quick & Easy
Yield: 125 gram


  • ½ cup cumin seeds


  • Place a heavy bottom pan on slow flame.
  • Roast the cumin seeds on it gently stirring all the while to ensure even roasting.
  • Within few minutes it will start emitting roasted aroma and the color will change. Remove pan from fire.
  • Place 1/2 tbsp of roasted cumin seeds on a mortar or platform and gently grind it using a pestle/ rolling pin.


  1. For best result, grind it when still hot. Or it may absorb some moisture and become slightly soggy to grind. If it happens then just lightly roast again for a minute or so.
  2. If grinding on a mortar or counter top, then it is advised to place a plate/ baking sheet under the mortar to catch any flying seeds during grinding.

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