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Nigella seeds have a mild, nutty onion flavor, and they are used as a condiment in India and the Middle East on flatbreads and vegetable dishes. Their shape has an interesting appeal, edgier than sesame, but they can be used in many of the same ways. Give them a quick toast in a dry skillet to bring out the most flavor. Nigella seeds can be sprinkled on all manner of vegetable dishes and salads, from a simple stir fry to baked sweet potatoes
One of the oldest spices known to be used, nigella seeds (n. sativa) were found in Tutankhamun’s tomb and are mentioned in the Bible’s Old Testament, although their use is not clear. The tiny black seeds have a slightly bitter taste with some of the pungency of onion but also offer many other subtle nuances of flavor.
Their appearance means they are commonly called black onion seed but they have nothing to do with the onion family. They are an original and non-challenging spice with which to experiment
Easily found online and stocked in small bottles by bigger supermarkets: in ethnic shops, nigella seeds might be called kalonji.
Kept cool and dark in an airtight container, nigella seeds have a very long life.
Discard if there is a musty rather than sharp smell.