In ayurveda, cumin is considered invaluable for digestion. It pacifies Vata and Kapha, and is helpful for digestion for Pitta in small quantities. It is also a cleansing spice, and helps burn ama--digestive toxins. Cumin seeds are generally sautéed in ghee. Sautéing in ghee releases the rich aroma and flavor of cumin, and ghee also works as a carrier to help transport the therapeutic benefit of the spice to the cells and tissues of the body. Another flavorful way to use cumin is to dry-roast the seeds and grind them to a powder.