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Kalonji Nigella Seeds (200 gm)

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Nigella seeds are hard and crunchy with a flavor between oregano and toasted onions with a hint of bitterness. Nigella seeds are often found in Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisines. Nigella seeds are small and black seeds also called Nigella seeds, kalonji in Hindi or Charnushka...

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Nigella seeds are hard and crunchy with a flavor between oregano and toasted onions with a hint of bitterness. Nigella seeds are often found in Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisines. Nigella seeds are small and black seeds also called Nigella seeds, kalonji in Hindi or Charnushka seeds in America. Sometimes, they are also named black onion seeds, black cumin seeds or black caraway. But, they are not having any link with cumin, caraway or onions. Nigella seeds are the dried seeds coming from the seed pod of the nigella plant. 

Nigella seeds is a strong aromatic spice traditionally used on naan bread as well as in vegetable curries in India. In Middle East and Eastern Europe, they are sprinkled on Jewish rye bread. Nigella seeds are specially good with with potatoes and root vegetables like carrots and parsnips. You can also add them in salads, sauces and soups just before serving. They are a great replacement of sesame seeds without the sweet element. Kalonji seeds is one of the five spices of panch poran, a spice mixture from Bengal. Nigella seeds are usually used after slightly toasting them in a hot pan to release the essential oils. Then, they can be used in powder or whole.  

Nigella seeds, also called Kalonji in local dialect are great flavor enhancers known for their medicinal properties. They are mainly used in South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. The flavor of Nigella seeds is a typical mix of oregano and toasted onions with a slight bitter taste.

Kalonji is the seed of the flowering Nigella plant. Also known as black cumin, black caraway, or black onion seeds, Kalonji was known to be a natural remedy for almost all ailments in the past.

Kalonji, however, has no link with cumin, caraway or onions.

Let’s look into some remarkable health benefits of Kalonji:

  • Antioxidant- Kalonji is loaded with antioxidants such as thymoquinone. Antioxidants prevent damage to cells and are believed to give protection against many chronic conditions. 
  • Lowers cholesterol- Kalonji and its components have shown to be very effective in lowering both total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
  • Anti-carcinogenic- Kalonji is believed to have cancer-fighting properties. Thymoquinone, an active ingredient of Kalonji is believed to kill blood cancer cells and inactivate breast cancer cells. Studies suggest that it can be effective in pancreatic, prostate, skin, cervical, and colon cancers.
  • Antimicrobial- It’s antimicrobial properties kill certain strains of bacteria. Some studies indicate that it is a standard antibiotic against Staphylococcus skin infection caused by bacteria.
  • Protects liver- Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help reduce toxicity and protect against liver damage.
  • Anti-inflammatory- Chronic inflammation can be a leading cause of diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Thymoquinone found in Kalonji reduces inflammation.
  • Anti-diabetic- Elevated blood sugar can have serious consequences. Kalonji is believed to regulate blood sugar if consumed regularly. 
  • Beauty- Kalonji oil is said to be augment hair growth and treat some skin conditions. It is applied topically in a diluted form. 

Precautions (who should have or who shouldn't):

  • Studies have revealed that Kalonji oil may cause allergy in some people. It is, therefore, advised to do a skin patch test before including it in your beauty regime.
  • According to research, Kalonji can cause blood to clot. If taking medication for blood clotting, ensure that you seek a doctor consultation before taking Kalonji or its supplements.
  • Kalonji and its use during pregnancy is controversial. On one hand, some studies say that Kalonji can be taken safely during pregnancy. On the other hand, a study reveals that Kalonji can obstruct uterine contractions. If you are pregnant, it is better to consult your doctor before consuming it.

To sum up, using Kalonji in your diet can have vast benefits on many aspects of your health. However, precaution must be exercised if you are suffering from any of the above-mentioned conditions.

How to use Kalonji?

One can add Kalonji to dishes in a variety of creative ways. 

  • It can be slightly toasted, ground, or even added as a whole to naan, breads, curry dishes, dry recipes, salads, soups, and stews.
  • In India, Kalonji is used in pickles, stuffed Karela (bitter gourd), and dry potato recipes.
  • Kalonji seeds can also be consumed in the raw form with honey and water. One can also add the seeds to oatmeal, smoothies, or yogurt.

Availability:

Nigella seeds are available in the following forms

  • Kalonji seeds
  • Capsule or soft gel form
  • Kalonji oil

How to store:

Nigella seeds are best stored in an airtight container. Purchase the seeds in small amounts and buy whenever required. This will retain its flavor and aroma.

 

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    Graines de Nigelle

    Les graines de nigelle sont dures et croquantes, avec une saveur d'origan et d'oignons grillés avec une pointe d'amertume. Les graines de Nigelle se trouvent souvent dans les cuisines du Moyen-Orient et de l'Asie du Sud. Les graines de Nigelle sont de petites graines noires.

    La graine de nigelle est une épice aromatique forte utilisée traditionnellement sur le pain naan ainsi que dans les caris de légumes en Inde. Au Moyen-Orient et en Europe de l’Est, elles sont saupoudrées sur le pain de seigle. Les graines de nigelle se marient particulièrement bien avec les pommes de terre et les légumes racines comme les carottes et les panais. Vous pouvez également les ajouter dans les salades, les sauces et les soupes juste avant de servir. Ils sont un excellent remplacement des graines de sésame sans l'élément sucré. Les graines de nigelle sont l’une des cinq épices du panch poran, un mélange d’épices du Bengale. Les graines de nigelle sont généralement utilisées après les avoir légèrement rôties dans une poêle chaude pour libérer les huiles essentielles. Ensuite, elles peuvent être utilisées en poudre ou en entière.

    Avantages pour la santé des graines de Nigelle :

    • Aide à réduire le cholestérol et à réguler le taux de sucre dans le sang.
    • Propriétés anticancéreuses car il est rempli d'antioxydants.
    • Des effets anti-inflammatoires puissants, particulièrement utiles pour les personnes souffrant de polyarthrite rhumatoïde.
    • Peut prévenir les ulcères d'estomac.

    Comment utiliser les graines de Nigelle?

    • Dans n'importe quel curry ou pain pour ajouter de la saveur.
    • Dans le gruau, les smoothies ou le yaourt.
    • Mélanger avec du miel ou de l'eau.
    • Dans les salades ou les soupes comme les graines de sésame.