Hindi Name: कलौंजी
Contrary to its name, onion seeds do not belong to the onion family. Belonging to the same family of black cumin, onion seed is also known as kalonji, black onion seed, black caraway, etc.
Onion seed constitutes 38% of oil that is responsible for its aromatic flavor. The seeds are used as flavoring agents while cooking. The seeds need to be toasted to enhance their fragrant tinge. The seeds are also added in various forms of bread like naan, paratha, chapatti, etc. In few parts of the world, onion seeds are also used to season fish.
1. Black onion seeds are rich in dietary value. The seeds contain amino acids, proteins and several essential minerals.
2. Onion seed oil is known for its medicinal value. The oil is said to be the best cure for several body ailments.
3. One teaspoon on kalonji oil is an excellent medicine for joint pains, arthritis, indigestion, obesity, etc.
Did you know?
In Islam, it is believed that Prophet Muhammad stated black onion seed as a treatment to every disease except death.