Cumin is a spice native to Egypt and is now widely cultivated in hot countries such as India and Morocco. Due to its appearance and size, it is often confused for caraway and fennel. Unlike both spice, cumin has a more pungent smell and flavor.
Cumin is commonly used in dishes that are heavily spiced in cuisines such as Middle Eastern, Portuguese, Mexican, Indian, and Spanish. It is a common ingredient in making chili con carne, sausages, spiced cheeses and stews. Cumin pairs really well with lamb and chicken.