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Nigella/charnushka seeds.

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Several years ago watching Nigella Lawson did a recipe with potatoes and several seeds including these seeds. Now I cannot find it. Anyone know uses for these seeds? I finally found them and want to use them

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  1. They're also called black onion seeds of kolonji in some recipes.They seem to be pretty common in some regional Indian cuisines, and I've got 3-4 fairly anglicized Indian recipes that get used somewhat often.

    1. Nigella using nigella seeds... hmmmm. I have seen them sold as black seed, black onion seed, black caraway seed, nigala, charnushka, kalonji.

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      1. re: drongo

        It was a panfried potatoes in olive oil with fenugreek, caraway cumin, etc... it was when it was still on BBC before she moved to food network. It looked so yummy. She even made fun of the fact it was Ger name. She served it with a fried egg. I would like some ideas how to use it as i bought a small jar and can find very limited suggestions on recipes. A point in the right direction, maybe?

        1. re: suzigirl

          Hmm, sounds like panch phoron, a Bengali blend that usually includes five whole seeds - fennel, cumin, black mustard, fenugreek, and nigella. It goes amazingly well with potatoes (try it in a breakfast hash!). So, you could look for that too.

          1. re: kathleen440

            I think that is it. It has been years since I saw the show so the exact seed blend has escaped me but that sounds like it. Cannot wait to try it. Thanks a bunch

            1. re: kathleen440

              Just found it due to your help and that is it in a nutshell. Anyone else have any sweet or savory applications would be helpful too. Once I try them I may find some ideas on my own but so far I just chewed on a few raw.

              1. re: suzigirl

                Sweet! I'm glad I could help. BTW, this is my favorite application for panch phoron, you should totally try it:


        2. I use them when I make cheoreg (Armenian sweet bread). Love the taste of them, so I use very liberally..

          1. For anyone who can't find them, Penzey's spices sells them.