Cumin is one of those underrepresented spices that people don't use as much as they should. Its intense flavor goes surprisingly well with a wide range of cuisines, and can liven up meat and vegetables alike.
Whether you're using ground cumin or you crush cumin seeds yourself, the spice is very aromatic and a little goes a long way. We're in favor of using as much cumin as you want, however, even if the recipe calls for just a pinch.
Next time a recipe seems a little lackluster, try adding some cumin. Here are 23 recipes where cumin made everything better.