Cumin is also called comino, and is often confused with caraway seed which is similar in shape. The smell of cumin is a combination of strong, earthy, nutty flavors. It is used in Indian, Middle Eastern, and Mexican cuisines. Cumin is usually dry roasted in an oven to bring out its flavor.
Essential to good chili. It is a main ingredient in curries and garam masala, and is also used for meat and vegetable dishes and stews.