This hearty chickpea salad flavored with bacon, cotija, and roasted chilies is easy to make and only gets better as it rests overnight. This is a dish custom-made for making ahead and packing on a camping trip or for lunch at the office.
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A simple salad of chickpeas dressed in a light vinaigrette flavored with cumin, shallots, and olive oil. Crunchy celery and parsley finish it off. This is the kind of salad that gets better as it sits—Make it one night and pack it for lunch at the office or on a picnic the next day.
Traditional red lentil soup is prepared in the slow cooker before it's garnished with cilantro, red onion, and lemon juice.
Earthy cumin coats whole wings that are grilled and then brushed with a spicy soy glaze to create a multi-layered, uniquely flavored wing.
Ropa vieja-style beef, black beans and cumin rice combine for this Cuban take on a meaty casserole.
A marriage of Middle Eastern and Chinese influence, these earthy, spicy, and pungent lamb skewers deliver such a unique flavor that they seem persistently exciting.
Dry-style stir-fried lamb is a Northern Chinese dish originating in Mongolia. It's primary flavor comes from cumin, soy sauce, and Sichuan peppercorns. It's musky, hot, and well, awesome. That it doesn't have a sauce makes it once of the quickest, easiest stir-fries to prepare at home. It works equally well with beef.
Scallion Scrambled Eggs with Cumin, an Iranian-inspired meal from Faye Levy's Feast from the Middle East comes together in about 15 minutes, chopping included, and is a nice twist on standard scrambled eggs. Health-wise, it's far from a low-fat dish, but that's okay. Healthy food need not be low-fat food, especially when it's packed with protein and produce like this.
Cumin seeds are an important spice for this dish. ©iStockphoto.com/ra3rn...
I love pumpkin and winter squash, but after having it roasted or mashed a few times I start looking for new flavors to branch out. Cumin seeds, both roasted with the squash and tossed in right before serving, bring out...
I had assumed that the mixture of spinach and chickpeas was solely an Indian combination. The creaminess of the spinach is a perfect match for the hearty chickpeas, and with the addition of a few spices, it could turn into a satisfying full meal. Well, it turns that if you change some of those spices and add an interesting new thickener, you can end up in Morocco with a completely new dish. It's kind of astonishing.
There is something really satisfying about the one-pot meal. This happens to be true whether it's the depth of winter or the height of summer. One-pot meals don't have to be long simmering stews, or something that sticks to your ribs. This sausage and couscous recipe from Padma Lakshmi goes the Moroccan route, and it's perfect for this time of year.
Cumin's Perfect Compliment: Lamb
I'd cook up a lot more Indian dishes if they didn't involve so many freaking ingredients. Everything that makes the different regional cuisines of India so fascinating also makes them nearly impossible to fit into Dinner Tonight's format. So I...