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.
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
These mouthwatering vegetarian kebabs are made with many delicious spices and herbs.They are quick and easy to make, and can be enjoyed on any occasion.
Buknu is a powered mixture of several spices. It is an ancient recipe, popular in parts of Uttar Pradesh. It is a local hit for rendering a distinct taste to delicacies.
Dhansak masala might seem tedious at first glance but is totally worth the effort! It's a popular dish of the Parsi Zoroastrian community and combines elements of Persian and Gujarati cuisine.
Marinated lamb chops bursting with juicy flavours and hot spices. Grill it to perfection and serve hot with fresh vegetable salad and a tangy vinegar dressing.
Kohlapuri vegetables as the name suggests is a popular dish of Kohlapur city which is located in the South-west corner of Maharashtra. It's an eclectic mix of vegetables with dessicated coconut and is traditionally known to be spicy.
Fresh pineapple pulp blended with cumin powder, black salt and lime juice.
A light curry made with lady fingers, yogurt, coconut, green chillies, curry leaves and amchur.
A yogurt based drink with the freshness of mint!
Leg of lamb marinated in a variety of spices, cooked over slow heat and topped with an onion gravy.
Bissi Bele Bhath is a rice preparation popular in Karnataka. In kannada language it is also known as 'Bisi Bele Huliyanna' which means hot lentil rice. It is a type of khichdi with rice, arhar dal, tamarind, jaggery, veggies, curry leaves and spices.