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Nigella Seeds

Our natural and organic nigella seeds carry a very strong flavour, often likened to black pepper, onions, mustard seeds, cumin and even oregano. Unsurprisingly then, they have been used in traditional Indian vegetable dishes and aromatic bread recipes for generations. In the Middle East, nigella is often used as a natural confectionery-making ingredient. Like fennel, caraway, cumin and similarly robust spices, nigella seeds are pungent, rich and dynamic, with both musky and slightly bitter aspects to their impressive flavour. But you have to try these seeds to really understand and enjoy them to the full. So buy nigella supplies of the highest quality right away!

Top nigella seed uses

Although it’s not one of the most well-known spices in the world, you may find nigella pretty handy. And if you already have a taste for these special seeds, you might catch yourself throwing it into all kinds of sweet, savoury, familiar or exotic dishes and recipes.

This is by no means a complete list of culinary uses for nigella seeds – just a handful of our favourites to get you started and inspired. Enjoy!

  • Sprinkle them into and onto homemade bread for a unique aromatic flavour. Naan bread is a must-try nigella seed recipe.
  • Give your rice and lentil dishes a unique taste twist
  • Create intriguing new pickles, chutneys and preserve blends
  • Craft nigella-based condiments like sauces, salad dressings, dips and marinades
  • Make curry-like rubs and spice blends for all your favourite vegetables. You’ll find a little inspiration for this in the next section.
  • Use your natural and organic nigella seeds to make superb scones and pancakes
  • Infuse soups and stews with their novel flavour
  • Customise your cooking oils. Just scatter a handful of these precious seeds into your very best olive oil, or any preferred solution, and let them instil your cooking oils with a brand new flavour. This alone will make a great dip for breads and soft snacks.

Great vegetable pairings

The best vegetables to use with nigella seeds are… whatever ones you like most! But of course, there are some especially effective flavour pairings which are highly revered chefs across the UK, Europe, Middle East and beyond. So let us share some of those brilliant nigella vegetable combinations right here: 

  • Carrots and parsnips. The sweetness these root vegetables take on once cooked makes them perfect for pairing with the robust musk of nigella seeds.
  • Swede and sweet potato.
  • Regular potatoes
  • Aubergine. 
  • Courgette (A.K.A. zucchini), marrow and any summer squash
  • Onions and mushrooms. Use a very modest amount, just as you might with black onion seeds or mustard seeds, to construct some lightly fried tastiness. Delicious when combined with other spices like chilli, garlic, turmeric and paprika.

Share your recipes with Nigella!

Last but by no means least – please share your own nigella seed craft and creativity with our team, and scores of other food lovers across the UK and Europe. (Well, what did you think that title meant?) All the main social media outlets are perfect arenas for you to share your skills. So if you’ve learned from the culinary ideas here, at home or anywhere else, maybe it’s time to share them with the world!

Just tag us, and all your food loving friends to spread the goodness. Who knows: it may get you noticed by other great chefs, food critics, restaurant owners or other major players in the whole food world. And yes, that could include Nigella Lawson.


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