Cumin seeds, also called jeera in Hindi is added to dishes for giving them a nutty peppery flavour. This spice is supplied in whole form and can be used in number of dishes. The taste of this spice perfectly blends with the Indian dishes, like jeera rice, gravies, curries, etc. It also possesses several health benefits, which is why is used in traditional medicine to cure different ailments. Jeera is called as jira and zira in Sanskrit and Persian, which means something that aids digestion.