Question of the Day: Can I Use Cumin Instead of Cumin Seeds?
Quick Answer: You can substitute cumin for cumin seeds in a recipe, but be careful to use it as a 1 to 1 replacement. Instead, you’ll want to do a 1/2 part of dried cumin for every 1 part of cumin seed. For example, if your recipe calls for 1 tbsp of cumin seeds, you’ll want to use 1/2 tbsp of cumin.
Since ground cumin is more compact than seeds, you’ll be able to fit far more dried cumin into 1 tbsp than you would whole cumin seeds. That’s why you want to be careful not to overdo it.