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Cumin Powder in a spice jar with coriander seeds scattered around.

Cumin Powder (Ground Cumin)

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Learn how to make, use, and store Cumin Powder (or Ground Cumin) using Cumin Seeds. This post also shares substitutes and tips on when you need to toast it!
Course Spice Blend, Spice Blends
Cuisine Asian, Indian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Pakistani
Diet Gluten Free, Halal, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword coriander powder, ground coriander
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 1 small spice jar (~2/3 cup)
Calories 179
Cost $1


  • ¾ cup cumin seeds (See Note 1)


  • Place the raw cumin seeds in a spice grinder. Grind for 30-40 seconds, stopping and shaking the grinder as needed to help evenly distribute the spices. The seeds will grind to a fine, textured powder.
  • Transfer the ground cumin (use a spice funnel to make this easier) to a spice jar or a small airtight container. Store for up to 6 months. (See Storage Tips.)


Note 1: In most cases, I use raw cumin seeds to make cumin powder. See post for tips on when it's best to toast and how to toast before grinding.
Note 2: The cumin powder will remain same weight after grinding but will be less in volume (cups). (3/4 cup cumin seeds = ~2/3 cup cumin powder).


Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 760mg | Fiber: 25g | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 425mg | Iron: 10mg