Nigella seeds have a black color and a rough surface. Their shape is reminiscent of small raindrops.
Nigella Sativa: the aroma
The aroma of Nigella is rather mild. The seeds are odorless, but in the ground state, they spread an odor of oregano. Its taste is nutty, peppery and reminiscent of sesame with a light touch of cumin.
Culinary use of Black Cumin
Nigella is a typical spice of Indian, Turkish, and Asian cuisine. It is part of many spice mixtures of these regions, such as Garam Masala or Panch Phoron.
For baking it is fantastic, it seasons rolls, bread loaf, or the Indian Naan bread, with its unique aroma. You can also mix it with sesame and caraway.
With Nigella, you can also use it on fruits and vegetables. It also spices Pilaws, curry, or kormas in India.
Nigella gives vegetarian dishes a delicate, nutty note. Season root vegetables, as well as omelets, or potatoes with nigella sativa and enjoy the delicious Oriental flavor.
Nigella combines very well with other spices. It fits perfectly with pepper, allspice, coriander, cardamom, fennel, ginger, bean, cinnamon, thyme, oregano, turmeric, and cross-cumin. Just try it out.