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Ajwain "seeds"

Ajwain (also known as carom seeds or bishop's weed), is an uncommon spice except in certain areas of Asia. It is the small seed-like fruit of the Bishop's Weed plant, (Trachyspermum ammi syn. Carum copticum), egg-shaped and grayish in colour. The plant has a similarity to parsley. Because of their seed-like appearance, the fruit pods are sometimes called ajwain seeds or bishop's weed seeds. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 534 pixelsFull resolution (1194 × 797 pixel, file size: 671 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Carum carvi File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Ajwain Metadata This file... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 534 pixelsFull resolution (1194 × 797 pixel, file size: 671 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Carum carvi File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Ajwain Metadata This file...


Ajwain is often confused with lovage seed; even some dictionaries mistakenly state that ajwain comes from the lovage plant. Ajwain is also called 'owa' in Marathi and 'vaamu' in Telugu. Binomial name Levisticum officinale L. Koch. ...

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Flavour and aroma

Raw ajwain smells almost exactly like thyme because it also contains thymol, but is more aromatic and less subtle in taste, as well as slightly bitter and pungent. It tastes like thyme or caraway, only stronger. Even a small amount of raw ajwain will completely dominate the flavor of a dish. It is called Omam in Tamil Species About 350 species, including: Thymus adamovicii Thymus bracteosus Thymus broussonetii Thymus caespititius Thymus camphoratus Thymus capitatus Thymus capitellatus Thymus carnosus Thymus cephalotus Thymus cherlerioides Thymus ciliatus Thymus cilicicus Thymus cimicinus Thymus comosus Thymus comptus Thymus doerfleri Thymus glabrescens Thymus herba-barona Thymus hirsutus Thymus hyemalis Thymus integer Thymus lanuginosus... Thymol is a phenol derivative of cymene, C10H13OH, isomeric with carvacrol, found in oil of thyme, and extracted as a white crystalline substance of a pleasant aromatic odor and strong antiseptic properties. ...


In Indian cuisine, ajwain is almost never used raw, but either dry-roasted or fried in ghee. This develops a much more subtle and complex aroma, somewhat similar to caraway but "brighter". It is used for making a type of paratha, called 'ajwain ka paratha'. Indian cuisine is distinguished by its sophisticated use of spices, herbs, and the influence of the longstanding and widespread practice of vegetarianism within sections of the Hindu community in Indian society. ... Ghee in a jar Wikibooks Cookbook has an article on Ghee Ghee (Hindi घी from Sanskrit ghṛta घृत sprinkled ) is a type of clarified butter important in Indian cuisine. ... Categories: | | | | ... Aloo (potato) paratha Parathas being made and served hot, Parathe Wali Gali in Delhi, Dec 2006. ...


History

Ajwain originated in the Middle East, possibly in Egypt. It is now primarily grown and used in the Indian Subcontinent, but also in Iran, Egypt and Afghanistan. It is sometimes used as an ingredient in berbere, an Ethiopian spice mixture. Berbere is an Ethiopian spice mixture whose ingredients usually include chilies, ginger, cloves, coriander, and allspice. ...


Uses

It reduces flatulence caused by beans when it is cooked with beans. It may be used as a substitute for cumin as well. It is also traditionally known as a digestive aid and an antiemetic. Binomial name Cuminum cyminum L. Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) (sometimes written cummin) is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native from the east Mediterranean to East India. ... An antiemetic is a drug that is effective against vomiting and nausea. ...


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AJWAIN Seed (852 words)
Omam (ajwain) water that is the water distilled from the seeds in an excellent carminative that cures flatulence, indigestion and low appetite.
Ajwain seeds are reputed to be beneficial to asthma sufferers, with the small seeds smoked in a pipe to relieve shortness of breath.
Ajwain is also useful in toothache, earache and rheumatism, as we can use the oil as eardrops and use the oil as a massage for neuralgia.
Ajwain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (277 words)
Ajwain (also known as Carom, Ajowan, Bishop's Weed and Seeds Of Bishop's Weed), is an uncommon spice except in certain areas of Asia.
Ajwain is often confused with lovage seed; even some dictionaries mistakenly state that ajwain comes from the lovage plant.
Ajwain originated in the Middle East, possibly in Egypt.
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