Kalonji is the seed of annual flowering plant, generally known as
‘Black Cumin Seed’, ‘Kalo Jira’, ‘Habbal Barakah’, ‘Mangrail’,
‘Chernuska’, but misleadingly named as ‘Black Onion Seed, or
‘Black Caraway Seed’. Pleasantly bitter with peppery taste
& slightly pungent.
Used in Indian & Middle eastern dishes in breads, savory pastries,
spice blends, pickles & relishes, chutneys, salads, curries, dal
and vegetable dishes.
It is common to fry or dry roast the seeds before using them or
added to cooking oil, the seeds impart a distinctive flavor.