Kalonji / Onion Seed / कलौंजी प्याज बीज / Nigella sativa

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What is Nigella?

Nigella has been used since antiquity by Asian herbalists and pharmacists and was used for culinary purposes by the Romans. The seeds are known to repel certain insects and can be used like moth balls. The name nigella derives from the Latin nigellus, or niger, meaning black.

Smell: The seeds have little bouquet, though when they are rubbed they give off an aroma reminiscent of oregano. 
Flavour: Slightly bitter and peppery with a crunchy texture. 
Hotness Scale: 3 Preparation and Storage The seeds may be used whole or ground and are usually fried or roasted before use The are easily crushed in a mortar and pestle.

Health Benefits of Nigella

Nigella is used in Indian medicine as a carminative and stimulant and is used against indigestion and bowel complaints. In India it is used to induce post-natal uterine contraction and promote lactation. The seed yields a volatile oil containing melanthin, nigilline, damascene and tannin. Melanthin is toxic in large dosages and Niugelline is paralytic, so this spice must be used in moderation.

Other Names

Black Caraway, Black Cumin, Black Seed, Damascena, Devil in-the-bush, Fennel flower, Melanthion, Nutmeg Flower, Roman Coriander, Wild Onion Seed

French: cheveux de Venus, nigell, poivrette 
German: Scharzkummel (black caraway) 
Italian: nigella 
Spanish
: neguilla 
Indian: kala zeera (lit, ‘black cumin’), kalonji, krishnajiraka

Scientific Name 

Nigella sativa 

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