Not a very well-known seed in most parts, the nigella seed, also known as kalonji, are similar in aspect, to the sesame seed. Often used over breads and rice, they are deep black in colour and add a slightly smoky and nutty flavour. I use them in my naan recipe and to top salads and curries sometimes.
Health Benefits of Nigella Seeds
Nigella seeds are a unique source of thymoquinone, a plant chemical that may have valuable abilities in reducing mutant cell proliferation. It may also reduce histamine production, helping to alleviate inflammatory conditions, and reduces the activity of parasites and bacteria in the mouth and gut. This completes the Holy Trinity among the health food brigade who recommend nigella seeds in the diet as they are “anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic”.