Spotlight: Black Seed

black seedProphet Muhammed (pbuh), told us about an effective medicine which can cure all diseases except death. That medicine is known as black seed, kalonji or nigella sativa.

Analysis of the black seed revealed that it contains phosphates, iron, and carbohydrate compounds together with antibiotics which are capable of killing germs. The chemical analysis of the grain also revealed that it contains carotene which is converted in the liver into Vitamin A, the useful vitamin which is well-known for its anti-cancer activity. Other analyses proved that the grain contains potent sexual hormones, stimulants, urine and bile diuretics, digestive enzymes, antacids, sedatives, and other useful compounds.

I’m going to try using it to treat my excema inshaAllah, which has plagued me for years. As per a review on Amazon, mix black seed oil with virgin coconut oil and use it on skin and hair. Please share in the comment box below how black seed has helped you and how you use it.

Just to make this a unique foodie post 😉 I’ll share my family recipe for naan which features black seed as an ingredient:

Savoury Naan

  • 3 c all-purpose white flour
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • handful chopped coriander
  • 1/2 tsp black seed
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp crushed chilli flakes
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1-1/2 c hot milk

Mix dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat egg and add yogurt and oil. Add the milk and continue to mix. Add wet mixture into dry and knead well for at least ten minutes. Place covered dough in a warm dry area for one hour to rise. Once dough has roughly doubled in size, shape into balls and roll out to a circle. Place on a lightly greased or non-stick fry pan or similar and cook on one side with medium heat. Flip after side is cooked and golden. Repeat same on other side. Remove from heat and serve warm.


By: December 2, 2011


  • Greetings! Fantastic blog you have here. I just came across it today and look forward to clicking through your postings.
    I am curious about how the black seed mixture worked out. I hope that it, or something else has since eased your (very often irritating, in my case at least) symptoms.

    • Halal Foodie on March 26, 2013

      Hi Vanessa! Thank you so much! I’m so happy you like the blog 🙂

      My hands are still pretty bad and the more I cook and handle raw foods the worse it gets! But I did notice a huge difference with this mixture. The key seems to be consistency though. Need to be regular and find it’s most helpful when I apply at night!

  • It’s also very effective with coughs. I remember my grandfather used to to grind the kalonji into a powder and mix that with honey into a paste and eat the paste. Wonderful cure for a normal cough and much more effective then any over the counter meds which only masks/suppresses the cough symptoms on temp basis but this kalonji and honey paste actually cures the cough.

  • I really enjoy your blog, especially your restaurant reviews. I was very interested in reading your older post about the black seed oil. I live in Mississauga and used to buy it at Adonis (Creditview and Eglinton) but I was told today that they can’t get it from their supplier anymore. Do you know a good place to buy it?

  • where can I find black seeds in Toronto

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