black cumin

black cumin
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Description
Nigella sativa (black caraway, also known as black cumin, nigella, and kalonji) is an annual flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae, native to south and southwest Asia.N. sativa grows to 20-30 cm tall,with finely divided, linear leaves. The flowers are delicate, and usually colored pale bI ue and white, with five to ten petals.The fruit is a large and inflated capsule composed of three to seven united follicles, each containing numerous seeds which are used as spice, sometimes as a replacement for black cumin.
The seeds of N. sativa are used as a spice in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines. The block seeds taste like a combination of onions, black pepper, and oregano. They have a pungent, bitter taste and smell.The dry-roasted seeds fray or curries, vegetables, and pulses.
They can be used as a seasoning in recipes with pod fruit, vegetables, salads, and poultry. I n come cultures, the block seeds are used to flavor bread products, and are used as part of the spice mixture panch phoron (meaning a mixture of five spices) and alone in many recipes in Bengali cuisine and most recognizably in naan. Nigella is also used in Armenian string cheese, a braided string cheese called majdouleh or majdouli in the middle East.
INDIAN NAME OF SPICES
English: Black cumin seeds, Hindi: Kalonji, Tamil: Karung seeragam, Kannada: Kari jirige
FOREIGN NAME OF SPICES
Spanish : comino negro : Moutarde German : Schwarzkümmel : Senap Arabic : alkamuwn al’aswad : Mosterd Italian :cumino nero : Mostarda Russian : chernyy tmin : Shiro Karashi Chinese : Hēi zī rán

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