Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What are Nigella Seeds

(I put these seeds in the shell for the picture but they have nothing to do with the ocean)
Nigella seeds are a spice used in many Indian dishes.  It is from the plant Nigella sativa.

They look like black sesame seeds. I have had them sprinkled on naan bread but thought they were black sesame seeds. 
I cook with them when making stir frys and I even put them in my eggs.  They have a peppery, aromatic flavor with a slight bitter aftertaste.   
The seed's oil has almost a cult following in eastern cultures using it for everything from stings, bites, intestinal issues, arthritis, kidney, and a slew of other ailments.

You can find this spice in many specialty stores or a spice market.  I buy mine in the spice markets of NYC.


  1. I've never heard of them. Really interesting actually...I like the idea that they're peppery.

  2. Hmmm. I've never heard of them. They sound tasty.

  3. I haven't heard of them either, but I love Indian food, so I've probably had them and just not known. Very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Never heard of Nigella spice before. Always good to learn something new.


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