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    Default Onion seeds for cooking?

    I am making nan bread to go with curry for dinner tonight. The recipe calls for onion seeds. Just wondered, do I have to buy special ones for cooking with or can I use the leftovers from my onion sowing?
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    No worries, made them without onion seeds.
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    If I am not mistaken the onion seeds often referred to in Indian recipes are nothing to do with onions but are in fact Nigella seeds.

    I wouldn't like to say if they are one and the same as the Nigella flower plant - but its name would suggest it is closely related!

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    Seeds for sowing would probably be named varieties, thus more expensive. If you need them for cooking (also mustard seeds) try your local health food or ethnic shops.

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    Blooming long drive for a curry

    Thanks for the advice folks, will ask my friendly local Indian restaurant owner if I can have a spoonful. Shouldn't be a problem as he gets most of my chilli production in the summer!
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    Yes, the 'onion seeds' you use in your naan bread etc ARE nigella. To my mind they don't bear any relatonships - they aren't an allium - but the seeds have a lovely smoky aroma. They do look like onion seeds though! You can get them on supermarket spice shelves.
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