Nigella Seed (whole) Kolonji
Nigella Seed, Kolonji, Love-in-a-Mist or Black Onion Seed is sometimes incorrectly called 'black cumin seed'.
These small, very black seeds have no noticeable aroma and an agreeable, slightly sharp, almost metallic taste.
They are seen on Turkish bread and along with the other spices in Panch Phora, compliment almost all carbohydrates.
Kalonji seeds are about the same size as sesame seeds, though they have a more triangular instead of oval shape.
Kalonji, which may also be called nigella, refers to small black seeds grown on Kalonji bushes widely through India.
Kalonji is both flavoring, added to a variety of traditional foods, and an herbal remedy that has been touted as the magic bullet for a variety of ailments.
In foods, you’ll find kalonji seeds in a variety of recipes. They may be added to traditional Indian flatbread (naan), any type of curry or stew, and to dal.
Lovers of these little black seeds praise their nutlike, somewhat peppery taste. To make this taste most evident, kalonji may be prepared first by being roasted in a pan and due to the high oil content, it is unnecessary to add other oils during the roasting process.
Health Benefits: Nigella, also known as black seed, is considered to have powerful applications toward a number of imbalances and ailments in the body. Thought to be immune enhancing, it is commonly touted as a natural remedy for asthma, migraines, inflammation and high blood pressure. They may also help to balance insulin levels, regulate cholesterol, improve body circulation, and promote healthy liver functions. Chemical properties in nigella may benefit the digestive and eliminatory function making it a naturally detoxifying food.