At Jiva Organics, the mission is simple— to make high quality, fully organic grains and spices accessible to everyone.
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.
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
- Boil potatoes, quarter and set aside.
- 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.
- 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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