I am looking for an alternative to a procedure that my wife uses. She has been doing this for a very long time, and is very resistant to change.
She takes a metal ladle, puts about 1 oz of vegetable oil in it, then holds it on the electric stove burner until the oil bubbles. Then she adds Geera (Cumin) to the oil. This is then added to the stew pot.
One possibility is a very small metal pot, but I haven't found anything suitable. Maybe there is name for something like this that would help me find it.