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Cumin Sauce

Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Mexican, Indian.

Cumin, known in India as Jeera, is a common spice in the cuisines of Middle East, India, Mexico and elsewhere. This is an easy, generic cumin sauce that can be used with rice or meat or whatever needs spicing towards a certain direction.

Cooking time: less than 5 minutes
You will need: a saucepan


  • 2 Tsp crushed garlic
  • 2 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 6 Tbsp water
  • 6 Tbsp vinegar- be it apple cider vinegar or wine vinegar
  • Salt to taste


  1. Turn the fire on to medium heat and put the saucepan on the fire.
  2. Add your garlic and cumin and sauté until they are fragrant. That should take about 30 seconds or so.
  3. Add the vinegar, water and salt to taste. (Less salt is more preferable than more salt.)
  4. Stir the mixture in medium to low fire for a 2-3 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!

Notes on Cumin Sauce

The health benefits of Cumin are well known in old cultures. E.g. cumin is a very popular spice or cooking ingredient in India – sometimes offered raw at the end of a meal to help with digestion. India’s traditional healing system, Ayurveda, has a lot of good things to say about Cumin. So does modern medicine: who would have thought that one (1) teaspoon of Cumin contains 1.4 mg or approx. 17% of the recommended daily dose of Iron?

Regarding the health benefits of vinegar, please click here.

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