BLACK MUSTARD SEEDS
Black mustard is one of many varieties of mustard seeds used to build flavour, especially in Indian and South Asian meals. When you cook an Indian recipe from scratch, black mustard seeds are one of the first ingredients you’ll add to the pot. They make up part of the base flavour of your curry dish, adding a pungent spiciness. Black mustard seeds are often used in fermented foods like pickles and chutneys, largely due to their antimicrobial properties. The yellow mustard condiment that forms the base of popular honey mustard dressing is made from a different, much lighter-coloured seed, related to black mustard, but milder.
COOKING WITH MUSTARD SEEDS
Tasteless and odorless otherwise, the intense smell and flavour of black mustard seeds is released on contact with liquids and heat. Be careful when adding them to hot oil because they will pop and splutter!
Here is a spicy pumpkin curry that is a great winter warmer.