Black Cumin (Kala Jeera)
Scientific Name: Nigella Sativa
The black cumin seeds (kala jeera) is one of the most famed spices throughout history. While there are records of it being used throughout history, it was not carefully researched until about 40 years ago.
The black cumin seeds (kala jeera) has been seen to have culinary and medicinal uses.
The seeds are small. It can even be used as simply as pouring hot water over them. Once done this way, let the seeds steep. The broth should be done in about 10 minutes. When steeping, it is advised to keep the container covered. This is so that the good scent of the broth won’t escape. The broth can then be turned into tea.
There are also other ways to create the Kala Jeera tea. Some people even like to add some of the seeds to their favorite tea blends.
Aside from making tea, the seeds can also be added to breads. It can also be seen as an ingredient of casseroles. There are also some who prefer to grind the seeds. When grounded, it can be added to soups or salads.
Aside from its culinary traits, the black cumin seeds (kala jeera) also has medicinal uses.
For instance, there have been studies that show the seeds to help fight diseases. It is done by helping with the production of bone marrow. This can also boost the body’s immune system. In other words, it can boost the immunity functions of the body’s cells and tissues.
There are also studies that state the Kala Jeera seeds to aid in fighting cancer. Research shows that the seeds assist against autoimmune disorders. It has even been seen to have great effects against pancreatic cancer.
Other benefits of the seeds include:
- stimulates energy.
- uplifts the mood.
- treats flatulence.
- treats diarrhea.