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Sunday, 22 July 2012

Thyme / Carom Seeds

What is Carom Seeds / Thyme Seeds?
A delicate looking tiny, erect, oval shaped herb with a penetrating fragrance It is an herb belonging to family of cumin and parsley. It has a sharp, hot and burning taste on the tongue. Thyme has been used since ancient times for its culinary, aromatic and medicinal properties

Carom seeds (ajwain) powder can be made by roasting them on a low flame then cool and powder into a grinder. This powder comes handy to use either for medicinal purpose or culinary use.

Health Benefits

  • As a digestive. Chew by itself or with a little sugar to make it more palatable in its raw form.
  • As a cure for diarrhoea, dysentry and indigestion. Boil a cup of water with 1 tbsp of Ajwain till the water is reduced to half its original volume. Drink this water.
  • To relieve symptoms (like blocked nose, etc) of a cold. Add 1 tbsp of Ajwain to a bowl of boiling water and inhale the steam.
  • To ease rheumatic pain. Ajwain oil must be applied on affected part of body.
  • Carom Seeds to Lose Weight: Due to its effects in making your digestive system and so your metabolism work well, it helps reducing your weight naturally. 
  • Carom Seeds to Control Asthma:  Drinking carom water or mixture of ajwain&jaggery are commonly known home remedies to control asthma related breathing problems and chest congestions.
  • Carom Seeds to Fight against Toothache: You can gargle carom water to get rid of your toothache. By adding salt in carom water, you can strengthen your weak gums and prevent further from toothache. 
  • How to Prepare Carom Water: Boil drinking water with carom seeds in it. Once you start seeing the bubbles with the boiling effect, allow it to cool and drain.

Pls be aware of side effects before you start taking large amount.
Medical disclaimer:
The information and reference guides in this website are intended solely for the general information for the reader. It is not to be used to diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications.

    Names In Other Languages for Carom Seeds(Arabic, Assamese, Bengali,Chinese, French, German, Gujarati,Hindi, Kannada, Malay, Malayalam, Oriya, Sinhala, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish, Urdu)::

    Nutritional value

    Ajwain Nutritional Facts

    Here is the nutritional value for 100 gm of this spice:
    Total Fat25 gm
    -Saturated4 gm
    -Monounsaturated5 gm
    -Polyunsaturated15 gm
    -Trans0 gm
    Cholesterol0 mg
    Potassium0 mg
    Sodium10 mg
    Total Carbohydrates43 gm
    Sugars0 gm
    Dietary Fiber39 g
    Protein16 g
    Vitamin A0%
    Vitamin C0%
    Carom Seeds Substitute


    Where it can be used

    Carom Seeds is often part of the Tadka in a dish. It is used in small quantities and almost always used cooked. This is because of its strong, dominant flavor. Ajwain is also used in vegetable dishes (for its distinctive taste) and pickles (for its preservative qualities). 

    How to Store

    It can be kept fresh in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark and dry place. It will stay fresh for a year

    Recipe Using  Carom Seeds (Here I list only main dishes.. but Carom Seeds can be used in lot of dishes to add flavour) --> Search for CaromSeeds / Omam


    1. This is interesting. I thought it was useful only for digestion

    2. Interesting post! Through your blog post i have learned lots of new things about carom seeds. Keep sharing these types of posts. Good job.



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