The new super food with more health benefits than turmeric
DO YOU know what nigella seeds are? They are the little black seeds sprinkled on top of Turkish bread that I always thought were black sesame seeds.
Nigella is also known as kalonji and often mistaken as black cumin. Jet black in colour, they have a very distinctive onion flavour when cooked.
Spices are very healthy for you – research proves that. Currently nigella seeds are claimed to have more health benefits than turmeric, and that’s saying something. They’re claimed to cure everything except death!
They have massive health benefits but as I say to all my customers, please do your research, and I don’t just mean the first thing that comes up from Dr Google. Use trusted sources and sites.
Here’s a recipe I adapted from one of my trips to Kerala, India. It’s a great side dish when serving with a curry. Naturally, chilli is optional but in my recipe I’ve omitted it. Enjoy!
Cauliflower and potato with nigella and mustard seeds
Serves 4 as a side dish
INGREDIENTS: ◗ 1 cauliflower, cut into small and medium sized florets ◗ 2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes ◗ 1 large onion, sliced into wedges ◗ 2 cloves of garlic, crushed/diced ◗ 1 tsp nigella seeds ◗ 1 tsp mustard seeds
◗ ½ tsp ground turmeric ◗ 2 tbs mustard oil ◗ 1 tsp mustard seeds ◗ 2 green chillies, cut in half, seeds removed and sliced thinly (long ways) ◗ ½ tsp raw sugar ◗ ½ cup reduced-salt chicken or vege stock ◗ salt and pepper to season ◗ chopped coriander leaves to serve ◗ 1 tomato, thinly sliced to serve
METHOD: Heat the oil in a large fry pan over medium heat and add the nigella seeds. Stir the seeds until you start to smell them. Add the mustard seeds, onion and sliced green chilli. Once the mustard seeds start popping, add the crushed garlic, cauliflower and diced potatoes. Stir well before adding in the salt, turmeric and sugar.
Turn the heat to high and stir-fry to caramelise the edges of the vegetables, which should take about three minutes.
Add the stock, cover and cook the vegetables 12–15 minutes, over low heat. Lift the lid and check the vegetables are cooked. The cauliflower should not be mushy. Check for seasoning.
Sprinkle the chopped coriander over the top, followed by the sliced tomatoes and serve immediately.
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Nigella seeds are said to have more health benefits than turmeric, and that’s saying something!