Kalonji or Nigella Sativa is considered a miraculous herb with a rich historical and religious background. It is widely grown in different parts of the world and is an annual herb cultivated in India.
The seeds of kalonji find their use as a spice and in herbal medicine. Ayurveda speaks highly of kalonji seeds for their ability to treat various ailments. Moreover, archaeologists found kalonji seeds as one of the treasures kept in Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt. Hence, it is evident that the wonders of kalonji seeds date centuries back.
Kalonji bushes, which are extensively planted throughout India, provide tiny black seeds. The kalonji seeds have a spicy taste and aroma, similar to that of fennel seeds and nutmeg.
Kalonji is used in curries, bread and sweets across India, North Africa and the Middle East. Kalonji seeds are famously sprinkled over naans to enhance their taste. Although Kalonji seeds are one of the world’s oldest spices, they find their way into kitchens even today.
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