Cumin Seed Whole 3.5 oz . Description Cumin is the dried seed of the herb Cuminum cyminum, a member of the parsley family. Cumin is a key component in both Chili Powder and Curry Powder. Used in mashed potatoes, meat casseroles, lentil soup, cabbage, kidney beans, fish, lamb, when pickling. Cumin is a critical ingredient of chili powder, and is found in achiote blends, adobos, garam masala, curry powder, and baharat.