Often called Nigella, black onion or black caraway seed.
Taste: Slight bitterness, a warm, toasted-onion flavor with an oregano-like quality.
Look: Black, rounded, pear-shaped seeds (often mistaken for black sesame seeds).
Smell: Faint, peppery aroma.
Use whole on naan dough, samosa dough, pickles, and chutneys.
Grind in a spice grinder after toasting and season vegetables or legumes.
Pairs well with caraway, lemon peel, mustard seeds, paprika, and thyme.
- Toast before grinding to make the seeds to make more brittle and easier to grind.
- Add to salads, omelettes, and soups for a delicious texture and bite.
- Great replacement for sesame seeds without the sweet element.
- Believed to be an insect repellent.
- Helps control blood pressure.
- Oil tempered with kalonji is often used as a headache and sore joints remedy.
Disclaimer: The sole purpose of the Health Benefits section of our spice pantry is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.