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Jiva Organics Organic Kalonji Seeds (Nigella Sativa) Review

At Jiva Organics, the mission is simple— to make high quality, fully organic grains and spices accessible to everyone.

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Jiva Organics is a line of certified organic spices that offer a tremendous value over mainstream alternatives.  I recently tried Jiva Organic’s USDA certified organic Kalonji. Kalonji, which may also be called nigella, refers to small black seeds grown on Kalonji bushes, which are grown widely through India. The plant may have originally been grown in Turkey and/or Italy, but according to herbal lore has been grown in India for several millennia. Kalonji is both flavoring, added to a variety of traditional foods, and an herbal remedy that has been touted as the magic bullet for a variety of ailments. The seeds are frequently referred to as black cumin.

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The word “Jiva” means life. Jiva Organics, is a small family business driven by care and respect for life – be it people or the environment around us. As a result, they source products that are completely natural, certified organic, and grown with the underlying philosophy that promotes sustainability of Mother Earth for the present and future generations. The organic farms they work with are untouched by modern toxic inputs to produce pure and natural spices and grains of the highest quality, that result in delicious, healthy meals for you and your family. It’s a simple choice that makes a big difference.

Kalonji seeds are about the same size as sesame seeds, though they have a more triangular instead of oval shape. In foods, you’ll find kalonji seeds in a variety of recipes. They may be added to traditional Indian flatbread (naan), any type of curry or stew, and to dal. Kalonji has a nutlike, somewhat peppery taste. Sometimes kalonji is roasted first, before being added to a dish, to make its taste stand out even more. Due to the high oil content, it is unnecessary to add other oils during the roasting process.


Kalonji (Nigella Seed) Potatoes


  • 2 tablespoons or oil
  • 1/2 pound red potatoes, boiled and cut into quarters
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kalonji (nigella) seed
  • 1/4-1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sour cream
  1. Boil potatoes, quarter and set aside.
  2. Heat oil under medium-high heat and add the cumin seeds and kalonji seeds. When cumin seeds start to brown, turn down the heat to medium and add the onions. Fry the onions until translucent. Add the turmeric, garlic and ginger and mix well. Add potatoes and stir. Cook for about 5 minutes or until tender. Add salt.
  3. When potatoes are almost done, add in 1 teaspoon of sour cream and mix well.


For only $6.95 for a 7 oz bag (on Amazon), Jiva Organics Kalonji seeds are of extremely high quality, and perfect for your next Indian/Pakistani dish. 7-ounce size (almost half a pound!)  is almost 3-4x more than what you get in a traditional grocery store.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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I've been on a gluten free diet since January 2009. It's been an adventure, and a challenge at times. I love to go to new restaurants and try new foods, and being gluten free can make eating out difficult at times. But I will not let my dietary restrictions get in my way of finding new restaurants and products. These are my stories of being a young women in a big city, eating out and trying new foods, all while NOT eating gluten. Like I said, it's an adventure and you are welcome to come along... Please note that as I try to eat gluten free 100% of the time, my intolerance is not as severe as others so please use caution when dining at restaurants that are not certified gluten free.

5 thoughts on “Jiva Organics Organic Kalonji Seeds (Nigella Sativa) Review

  1. This is completely new to me! I’ve been looking for new flavors to replace salt, though, so I will try this.

  2. I think I have seen this in a few stores but never really paid attention to it. Now, I may try it.

  3. You have the best stuff on your blog. I’ve been gluten free for years now and never heard of these seeds. They sound awesome, especially your potato recipe!

  4. I would enjoy trying Kalonji (Nigella Seed) Potatoes. I have not heard of this spice, but I am sure I would like it.

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