5 Ways To Introduce Jeera In Your Diet

They might be tiny, but jeera (Cumin) adds big flavor to your food. Loaded with health benefits, learn how can you add this warm spice to your diet.

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The most asked question is – are jeera and cumin seeds the same? The answer is yes! Jeera (Zeera) or cumin is a staple in Indian kitchens. It is also used vastly in Middle Eastern and Mexican cuisines. Not only are cumin seeds added in everyday cooking, but they also have to themselves entire dishes that allow them to shine! Take jeera aalu and jeera pulao, for example. Neither dish is complete without a good dose of jeera (cumin). Not only is Jeera one of the most common spices in a typical India masala box, but it is also packed with goodness. The advantages of consuming jeera are many, but this Indian spice is most valued for its benefits to digestive health. There are various types of jeera – brown jeera, shahi jeera, and kaala jeera. All look and taste different and have numerous health benefits. What are they and how can you include it in your diet?

How to add jeera to your diet?

While jeera is added to Indian curries and dry-dishes routinely, we are listing over ways to include this carminative spice into your diet beyond everyday meals. These ways may be of particular benefit to those who seek digestive relief. People facing stomach issues like poor-digestion, flatulence, bloating or constipation are often advised to add spices like zeera and ajwain to their diet.

Here are 5 simple ways to add jeera to your diet beyond everyday food.

1. Jeera paani in your daily routine

Touted to be fantastic for your gut health, jeera paani (cumin water) is very easy to include in your daily drill. Soak cumin seeds overnight in a glass of water, drink it on an empty stomach for best results.

2. Jeera tea as a winter staple

Jeera tea can be made simply by boiling a spoon of cumin seeds in 2 cups of water. Once that water is down to a single cup, your drink is ready. It will have a beautiful golden-yellow color. You can drink it on an empty stomach or after a heavy meal. Consume it on a daily basis to absorb all health benefits.

3. Sprinkle some bhuna jeera

Adding roasted cumin seeds (whole or powdered) to your daily yogurt bowl can massively help you reap its health benefits. Bonus points for its distinctive aroma and flavor! You can also add this in your fruit chaat, soups and channa chat to enhance the flavor of the dish. You can add bhuna jeera to your summer coolers like jaljeera, chaas and lemonades.

4. Jeera churan for digestion

The good old dadi-ma ke nuske (Grandma’s home remedies) come to rescue us from all new-age solutions we try. It is said that mixing spices like cumin seeds, carom seeds (ajwain) and methi seeds in equal quantities can aid in chronic digestion.

5. Jeera in desserts

If you are a new mother surrounded by elderly women in India, we are sure you have consumed jeera in some form or the other. Gur-jeera or gond laddoos with jeera are encouraged to be eaten by new mommies for strength and to help new mothers regain their energy and health. But you don’t need to be a new mommy to enjoy desserts with added jeera. You can try adding jeera in makhanas and gur to form a sticky tea time snack!

How does jeera benefit our health?

Aids digestion

Jeera is one of the most gut-friendly spices available in your pantry. It helps the body to stimulate the enzyme that secretes digestive juices. If you want a quick solution to your gas/flatulence related woes, jeera tea is here to your rescue. It can also help to reduce the symptoms of IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome). Jeera helps in relieving nausea, bloating and constipation.

Promotes weight loss

In this world where the major topic of discussion is weight loss, jeera is an unsung hero which helps to speed up your weight loss journey. In a study it was noticed that overweight participants consuming cumin regularly had accelerated weight loss than those who didn’t.

Can help manage Anemia

Anemia is an acute deficiency of iron in your body. Packed with high levels of iron, jeera can help manage anemia. A tablespoon of cumin contains 4mg of iron.

Helps in treating cold and asthma

Jeera has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that make it a super contender to help in treating cold and asthma. Jeera helps to loosen up the mucus in the respiratory tract, making it easier to eliminate it.

Can help in controlling diabetes

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Cumin seeds can help stimulate insulin levels in the body leading to lowering of blood sugar levels.

Good for the liver

Drinking jeera tea or jeera paani is great detox for the body. It flushes out toxins and helps in formation of bile.

Jeera might not be as fancy as saffron or vanilla pods, but it sure is a fantastic spice for your health. Add it to your pantry and diet, if you haven’t already.

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