Black Cumin(शाही जीरा)

Hindi Name: शाही जीरा

Black cumin belongs to the family of the flowering plant Apiaceae. The seed is smaller, darker and thinner compared to its other family members. It is popular for its strong flavor and is used as a spice in Indian cooking. Black cumin seed is referred to the seeds of two different plants. However, both these varieties are used as spices.

Bunium Persicum is a primary kind of black cumin. These seeds have an earthy and smoky taste. This particular type of seed is also called Great Pignut or Earth Chestnut. They are specifically used as a garnish in Indian and BIR (British Indian Restaurant) dishes.

Nigella Sativa is another kind of flowering plant that yields black cumin seeds. The seeds yielding from this plant are black and boat-shaped. They have an aromatic fragrance.

Nutritional Value

1. Black cumin seeds have been regarded as an effective means to treat cancer, destroying free radicals.

2. Also, these seeds are good antibodies for diabetes, MS, hepatitis C and Alzheimer's disease.

3. Nigella Sativa strengthens the immune system.

Did You Know?

In Islam, black cumin is believed to heal every disease except death.

Nigella Sativa contains melanthin, which if consumed beyond a limit is toxic.

Recipes using Black Cumin

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