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    Carom seeds

    Carom seeds are called 'Ajwain' in India and resemble cumin seeds in their appearance. However, the size of these seeds is smaller than cumin seeds. They have a strong fragrance and are similar to thyme in taste, although stronger in flavor. You can use whole carom seeds as well as grind them to a powder. If you want to use them as a powder, it is recommended to buy them and grind them at home. The usage of carom seeds in garnishing the dishes vary from one region to another. However, the use of these seeds are particularly popular in the northern part of the country, and thus, you will find the presence of carom seeds in many North Indian dishes as compared to other regions.