Nigella seeds is known by many names most commonly heard is black seeds. If you find yourself not liking the taste or run out of them then here are some of the best substitute for nigella seeds to try.
You may also know nigella seeds as black seeds because of the colour and shape of the seeds.
A common spice used in many cuisines for making savoury dishes. You can read about the different ways to use black seeds in the post.
If you find yourself run out or not able to buy the seeds then there are some easy nigella seeds alternatives.
Due to the combination of flavour , it is very easy to find a substitute for black seeds.
So if you read a recipe that calls for black seeds or nigella seeds do not shy away from it. There are many nigella seeds substitutes that you can work with.
One of the best alternative to nigella seeds is using a combination of cumin seeds and caraway seeds.
Both are different spices, again confused by many so clear the doubts and read about the difference between cumin and caraway here.
Lets break down the different types of nigella seeds substitute starting from the best option for you.
Option 1 – Combination of cumin seeds and caraway seeds
Option 2 – Celery seeds or carom seeds
Option 3 – Oregano
Option 4 – Cumin seeds
Option 5 – Black sesame seeds
Option 6 – Fennel seeds
If your pantry is well stocked and you happen to have some of the above listed spices then feel free to use a combination of 2 to replace black seeds in a dish.
Best food and spice combination with nigella seeds
Nigella seeds are used in many savoury dishes and go well with most vegetables, especially root veges, pulses and whole grains.
Best food pairing: potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, cauliflower, onions, tomatoes, orange and red vegetables, chicken, fish, red meat, ginger, lentils, peas, soups, stews, curry, gram flour, plain flour,
Best spice pairing: cumin seeds, mustard seeds, fennel seeds, cumin powder, fenugreek seeds, bay leaves, red chilli powder, cloves, coriander seeds, dry chillies, turmeric