Caraway and cumin are often confused in everyday language. The names suggest that cumin is a subspecies of cumin. Although cumin and cumin are both umbellifer and closely related to each other, but who has ever once replaced the cooking cumin with the cumin prescribed by the recipe, knows the great difference in taste of the two spices.
Caraway and cumin are different!
Although both cumin and cumin are ancient spices that have been known for millennia, they can be found in different parts of the world in different local dishes. Caraway has always had a traditional place in European diets from the Netherlands to Siberia, while cumin is an integral part of many recipes in India, South America, China, North Africa, the Middle East, Turkey and Greece.
Caraway has the advantage that it can be combined with many other spices thanks to its mild taste. This makes cumin a perfect accompaniment to cabbage, roast meat or, in general, meat dishes, fresh bread and soups and salads. Cumin, on the other hand, has a strong taste, which is not always compatible with other spices. In Germany, our palate, especially through dishes such as chili con carne or falafel, enjoy cumin.
Effect of cumin and cumin similar
Cumin and cumin can look back on a long tradition as medicinal plants. Cooks around the globe know about the appetizing effect of both spices. Cumin and caraway stimulate the metabolism, affect digestion by stimulating bile and gastric juice secretion, and help against cramping, flatulence and colic.
Since cumin and cumin contain both essential oils, they also exert a growth-inhibiting effect on bacteria and fungi. Caraway is one of the most common natural remedies for flatulence in Germany and is sometimes given to babies. In the past, it used to be common to consume cumin with some sugar after a heavy, high-fat meal to digest indigestible foods.
Nursing mothers appreciate the milk-driving power of cumin (consume cumin preparations during pregnancy and lactation only after consultation with a doctor!). In addition, cumin should help against headaches and toothache. Like cumin, it is also taken for menstrual cramps, cough and respiratory problems.
Cumin Recipe: couscous with vegetables
For three people you need:
- 200g couscous
- 300g potatoes
- 250g zucchini
- 250g carrots
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 3 tomatoes
- 30g raisins
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tablespoons freshly pressed lime juice
- 450ml vegetable broth
- To taste: cumin, pepper, salt, turmeric, coriander, cinnamon
Dice potatoes, carrots, zucchini, onions and garlic and sauté in a stock pot with heated olive oil while stirring. Now the vegetables are cooked at low temperature with a lid, stirring occasionally.
In the meantime, drain the chickpeas into a sieve and wash them under running water until the drinking water remains pure, then add to the vegetables. Dice the tomatoes and mix with raisins also under the vegetables. Season vigorously, then add 150ml to the vegetable stock and let it simmer for ten minutes.
The rest of the vegetable broth is boiled and poured over the couscous filled in a bowl, allowed to swell for about five to ten minutes. Just before serving add the lime juice.
Traditionally, the dish is served on a plate, with the vegetables framing the couscous.
Caraway against flatulence
Already the Romans knew about the positive effect of caraway on bloating. Almost all natural remedies for flatulence therefore contain caraway. In drugstores and health food shops you can buy tea mixes with caraway, anise and fennel. Cumin tea is also suitable for three-month colic in infants. Even with other gastrointestinal complaints such as bloating or stomach cramps, cumin tea can provide relief and also provide a fresh breath.
If you want to make caraway tea yourself, you should let one or two teaspoons of whole caraway seeds (which have a better effect against flatulence than ground caraway seeds) boil briefly. Then let simmer for about ten minutes and drain.
You can drink the tea twice a day. Tip: It is better to add a quarter tuber of fennel to the cumin tea than sweet, which increases the effect. Alternatively, cumin oil (one to two drops) can be dribbled and eaten up to three times a day on a piece of sugar. However, cumin should not be taken in large amounts for long periods of time, because otherwise liver and kidneys can be damaged.