Cumin can be used ground or as whole seeds. It imparts an earthy, warming and aromatic character to food, making it a staple in certain stews and soups, as well as spiced gravies such as curry and chilli. It is also used as an ingredient in some pickles and pastries.
Cumin seed is used in some parts of the world to impart flavour to cheese as well as has few medicinal properties too. It cures an upset stomach and aids digestion.