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Old 09-12-2012, 05:36 AM   #1
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ISO: How to use black onion seeds

I was reading one of my 1000 cookbooks earlier this summer and came across a recipe that required black onion seeds. "Where can I find those???" LIGHTBULB! I had onions in the garden that were setting seeds. So I dried the heads, separated the seed from the "husk" (time-consuming, tedious). Now, I can't remember which cookbook I was reading were I stumbled across black onion seeds as an ingredient. Does anyone care to share recipes that use black onion seeds?
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:06 AM   #2
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I was reading one of my 1000 cookbooks earlier this summer and came across a recipe that required black onion seeds. "Where can I find those???" LIGHTBULB! I had onions in the garden that were setting seeds. So I dried the heads, separated the seed from the "husk" (time-consuming, tedious). Now, I can't remember which cookbook I was reading were I stumbled across black onion seeds as an ingredient. Does anyone care to share recipes that use black onion seeds?
Black onion seeds sound like they would be tasty but the culinary reference to black onion seeds is normally a reference to Nigella Sativa-
http://www.uni-graz.at/~katzer/engl/Nige_sat.html
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:43 AM   #3
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Great in home made flat breads . I put a pic on here of an indian dosa I made and I used them in that .
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:53 AM   #4
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As justplainbill mentions, they aren't really onion seeds. You'll sometimes see them listed in Indian recipes as Kalonji. Most of the time I've seen them sprinkled on flat bread, though occasionally they're sauteed in oil, along with cumin and other spices in Indian masala recipes.
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These are black onion seeds--I took them from the top of the onion plant. B%%%h to separate the seed from the "husk." Can hardly wait until I get to harvest the sumac...
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:29 AM   #6
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The ones I used were kalonji /nigella seeds .
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These are black onion seeds--I took them from the top of the onion plant. B%%%h to separate the seed from the "husk." Can hardly wait until I get to harvest the sumac...
Yes, you have onion seeds, though I suspect the recipe you mention in your original post was referring to kalonji, which is sometimes called black onion seed, but isn't the same thing.

I love sumac in za'atar. You really must try za'atar sometime on garden tomatoes or corn on the cob.
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I love za'atar chicken with a sumac fattoush salad. Must do that again soon. Lucky to have plenty of local shops stocking these spices .
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Yes, you have onion seeds, though I suspect the recipe you mention in your original post was referring to kalonji, which is sometimes called black onion seed, but isn't the same thing.

I love sumac in za'atar. You really must try za'atar sometime on garden tomatoes or corn on the cob.
Will do--I'm still up to my rump in tomatoes--most of the corn has been processed. I fell in love with Swiss Chard pesto on corn on the cob this summer.
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These are black onion seeds--I took them from the top of the onion plant. B%%%h to separate the seed from the "husk." Can hardly wait until I get to harvest the sumac...

Are you talking about the red flags on Staghorn Sumac?

We used to make a sort of lemonade out of them in my Hippie daze.

We just filled a gallon jar with sumac flags and covered them with water, steeped it overnight, strained it and sweetened it to taste with honey.

I am sure that, for me, it tasted better then than it would today.
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