Also referred to as black cumin or nigella sativa, kalonji seeds somewhat resemble coffee beans when seen at a distance. As tiny, sweet flavor additives that also happen to support our health, these natural treats can be consumed whole, roasted, or pureed.
Kalonji seeds are loaded with protein, vitamins & minerals, fibers, and healthy fats. No matter how you plan to implement them into your daily cooking regimen, there are tons of possibilities that won’t disappoint.
Cooking with Kalonji Seeds
A common topping for everyday dishes like biscuits or bread, kalonji will add a sweet sensation to many otherwise bland proteins. With so many preparation options to choose from, it’ll be hard to pick just one thing.
Culinary genius is found through creativity, and a willingness to constantly want to expand your repertoire. Here are a few recipes that will hopefully help you do just that.
- Kalonji Potatoes: Add kalonji seed along with cumin seed, chopped onions, crushed garlic, and ginger, and enjoy a flavor infusion to your potatoes like nothing you’ve had before. Red Norland potatoes tend to work best for this recipe, and they also go great in curries.
- Egg Bake with Kalonji Seeds: For this egg bake, you’ll want to use smoked paprika, chopped cilantro, pink salt, a few cups of mushrooms, and a helping of cherry tomatoes. You can even add a mixture of oregano, rosemary, and thyme (called herbs de provence).
- Cauliflower Salad: Combine grated lemon zest, fresh orange and lemon juices, cauliflower, pomegranate seeds, and kalonji seeds into a healthy salad recipe perfect for your midday nutrition boost. It also makes a great afternoon snack when using smaller portions.
What are the Health Benefits of Kalonji Seeds?
Like many of the seeds in our store, kalonji seeds offer a host of fantastic health benefits in addition to their obviously great taste.
Studies have found that supplementing one’s diet with kalonji can lead to decreases in LDL cholesterol (the bad one) and blood triglycerides.
The seeds may also have cancer-fighting characteristics. Test-tube studies have uncovered how the active compound in kalonji seeds—thymoquinone—will trigger cell death in blood cancer cells.
They may also be used to lessen inflammation in the body as well as killing off harmful bacterias.
Lastly, diabetics will appreciate kalonji seeds for their ability to assist in blood sugar regulation. One study of 94 people found that taking kalonji daily for 90 days helps reduce average blood sugar, fasting blood sugar, and insulin resistance.
Where Does Burma Spice Source Their Kalonji Seeds?
Burma Spice brings all the fantastic benefits of kalonji seeds right to your doorstep. Ours are cultivated in the fertile soils of India, where we get some of our highest quality results.
If you’re thinking about planting your own kalonji seeds, be sure to sow the seeds outdoors after the final deep frost of winter to get the best results. Harvest them by the end of summer and you’ll be well on your way to having a vibrant plant full of health benefits.
During the harvesting process, you’ll want to clip the whole flower off of the plant so that all portions of the flowers available for harvest have been utilized. They can make for great flower displays, just as long as they are dried thoroughly before being added to arrangements.