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any substitute for Nigella seeds?

D.Gresh Mar 7, 2006 09:19 AM

I won't be able to find them before I'm making a recipe which calls for them: onion flatbreads from a recent issue of Bon Appetit. Should I skip them, or is there some other seed or herb which would be an appropriate substitute?

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    toodie jane Mar 8, 2006 05:46 PM

    if you have a garden center nearby that carries packets of organically grown seed, use the Love-in-A-Mist seeds. A packet or two will pack the flavor punch the recipe is calling for, even if the measurement isn't the same.

    Here is a link to an online supplier that grows organically but is not certified.(biiiig bucks to get certified). 'Nigella sativa' is what you're looking for, I believe. Vry ornamental in the garden and easy to grow--it will easily self-sow, too.

    good luck

    Link: http://www.dianeseeds.com/nigella-sat...

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      personne Mar 7, 2006 07:13 PM

      I'd use dried onion flakes.

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        jen kalb Mar 7, 2006 06:55 PM

        sesame or even whole caraway or cumin.

        but if you have an indian or middle eastern store nearby you should be able to find them easily. They are matte black and sort of triangular - labelled kalonji or even "black seeds" or "black onion seeds" sometimes.

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          Sir Gawain Mar 7, 2006 11:36 AM

          Black sesame. But personally I love poppy seeds.

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            jdherbert Mar 7, 2006 09:59 AM

            You can use black mustard seeds, too.

            As Candy said, they're little black seeds- they're there for texture as much as anything else- use poppy seeds!

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              Candy Mar 7, 2006 09:29 AM

              They are also marked Kalonji if that is any help. Teeny tiny black seeds.

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