from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See wild fennel.

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  • n. Any plant of the genus Nigella of about twelve species of annual flowering plants, the blooms of which are generally blue in colour but also found in shades of pink, white and pale purple.
  • n. The seeds of the plant Nigella sativa, used as a culinary spice.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Late Latin, black cumin, fennel, from feminine of Latin nigellus, blackish, diminutive of niger, black.


  • Commonly known as nigella, this spice is also found under the name "onion seeds."

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  • For example, we both thought maybe there were nigella seeds in the dish at the restaurant.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • The only 2 Indian spice blends in my spice drawer, both made by me, are the panch phoron, which has a pretty strict ratio (equal amounts of fenugreek, cumin, nigella, black mustard seeds, and fennel seeds, if I remember right off the top of my head) and my garam masala, which I use when the recipe does not seem picky about a particular region's garam masala.

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  • Ingredient lists contained nigella seeds, manouri and galangal with little, if any, explanation.

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  • Followed a classic recipe (grated potatoes, eggs, salt, oil) but substituted sweet potatoes for white ones, included grated onion, and added fennel and onion seeds (nigella).

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  • According to my favorite Indian cookbook author, Madhur Jaffrey, black cumin seeds (nigella) are sold as kalonji in Indian and Pakistani markets, and as siyah danch in Middle Eastern markets.

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  • For the pastry170g plain flour, plus extra to dust60g quick-cook polenta20g finely grated parmesan140g unsalted butter, fridge-cold and cut into cubes50ml waterA pinch of saltFor the filling200g comté, grated150ml crème fraîche150ml single cream3 eggs2 tsp nigella seeds¾ tsp each salt and ground whitepepper200g chopped Swiss chard, cooked for a few minutes in olive oil (or spinach, washed, wilted and drained)

    Yotam Ottolenghi's comté and polenta tart recipe

  • Like Armenian string cheese, Nabulsi is salty, and studded with tiny black nigella seeds (also known as black caraway or black cumin), which give the cheese a slightly spicy, peppery taste.

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  • * Panch phoron is a Bengali spice mixture comprised of equal amounts of whole fennel seeds, cumin seeds, black mustard seeds, fenugreek (methi) seeds and nigella seeds (kalonji).

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • I used 3 parts cumin, fennel, mustard and nigella seeds to 2 parts fenugreek seeds.

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    June 9, 2009

  • I agree. :-)

    June 9, 2009

  • Madmouth, you should put "if the internet can't give it to you, you've gotta give it to the internet!" on a T-shirt!

    June 9, 2009

  • but...but...if the internet can't give it to you, you've gotta give it to the internet!

    (though I did find squid curtains elsewhere later on)

    June 8, 2009

  • I now have to admit to having photographed a spice packet and uploading it to an album simply for the sake of illustrating a point on Wordie :-7

    June 8, 2009

  • I'll take you up as soon as I'm back in little Punjab...but I bet there's a whole range--kalunji, kalanji, kilimanjaro

    There's no field for playing fast and loose like packaging in English(ish).

    From what I can tell at those televised dinner parties, Nigella's pallid English friends also find her annoyingly sexual. Bosomy raven-haired Jewesses have that effect on women.

    June 8, 2009

  • Here's the evidence.

    It's an Indian grocery spelling showdown to the death, madmouthkku.

    June 7, 2009

  • World's most annoyingly sexual TV chef.

    June 7, 2009

  • Carway? No way.

    June 5, 2009

  • your packet can sucket.

    this sucket gets it right for a while, but then trips.

    June 5, 2009

  • My packet says kaloonji.

    June 5, 2009

  • apparently there are three more Kalonjis besides the spice

    My favourite is Sizzla, though the God-King comes a close second

    June 5, 2009

  • The only Go(o)d-king I have ever heard of is Wenceslas.

    June 4, 2009

  • Also Latin name for love-in-a-mist; whereas the only Kalonji I've heard of is the former president and God-King of South Kasai.

    June 4, 2009

  • Latin name for kalonji

    June 4, 2009