Substitute for cumin?
I frequently come across recipes that call for cumin, a spice I loathe with a passion that passeth all understanding. I know I could just leave it out, but is there another spice that would be a good substitute in savory dishes?
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"Back to the topic at hand. We compared recipes for Garam Masala from two authors: Julie Sahni and Madhur Jaffrey. Both have written wonderful cookbooks which are excellent and frequently consulted resources – these authors were instrumental in bringing the world of interesting, largely gluten free, Indian cooking to the North American audience.
For a generic Garam Masala (there are other more specialized types of garam masala as well) these authors offer varying formulas, using the following spices. The weights in parentheses are just there to give you an idea of the ratio of amounts that could be used – we have measured here the weights for one of the Jaffrey recipes:
Cardamom Seed (25 pods – see the picture below for a couple of pods next to the seeds from 25 pods)
Black Peppercorn (2 1/8 ounces or 62 grams)
Whole Cumin Seed (1 1/4 ounces or 36 grams)
Whole Coriander Seed (1/2 ounce or 15 grams)
Cinnamon Stick (3, 3 inch sticks)
Whole Cloves (4 to 6 cloves)"
btw, tonite i made a wonderful Tom Waits chicken dish of yours. wicked sumptuous.
And thanks very much to the rest of you for your suggestions and ideas!