Mustards seeds are generally the small round green seeds of different mustard plants. The seeds are generally about 1.2 millimetres in size and can be colour from pale yellow to light black. The seed is surrounded by a thin skin that contains an assortment of coloured pigments, including mustard yellow, a lemon colour, red and orange. Seeds are also known as corns or tubers. These plants are widely cultivated across India, Pakistan and other Indian regions.
They have been used for a variety of medicinal and culinary uses for centuries, with much evidence available for their efficacy as a remedy for a range of ailments. The medicinal properties of these mustards seeds date back to as far as the 7th century. Mustard oils were extensively used during the Ayurvedic period (ages) in India. Black seeds of Mustard plants contain a powerful compound called capsaicin that has potent pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.
Apart from their medicinal value, they are used for flavouring sauces and dressings. Many spices, including mustard seeds, are used for flavouring Indian and other non-vegetarian food. Mustards seeds are easily available in most spice shops and are a great addition to spice up your cooking. For example, roasted and ground mustard seeds add a unique taste to curries, salads, vegetable dishes and pickles.
When they are roasted, the seeds release their oil, which is then extracted by pressing the seeds into a bottle and adding vinegar. Vinegar helps to preserve the oil and helps to add a tangy taste to the salad dressing. The best tasting vinegar is produced from cucumbers, lemons and tomatoes. However, you can use any variety of grape fruit for this purpose.
To make a Mustard seed salad dressing, mix one tablespoon of mustard seeds, a teaspoon of fresh tangerine, and two tablespoons of lime juice in a small bowl. Stir well and refrigerate the concoction until it's time to use. Warm the dressing over a low flame until the Mustards seeds have softened and the oil begins to flow. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Serve chilled.
An interesting variation on the classic Mustard Seed Salad is to add chopped dill, celery, lemon wedges, and garlic to the salad. A teaspoon of dried thyme blended with a bit of olive oil is an excellent alternative to mustard seeds. Diced cucumbers also lend a unique flavor to this salad. Combine the chopped vegetables in a bowl and add a generous serving of shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Skewer the vegetables in rendered bacon grease until they are just tender. Add a sprinkling of coarsely ground pepper and mix well.
For a delicious and healthy treat, try using a can of whole milk, canned or fresh tuna, and spicy mayonnaise in a small bowl. Stir in half a cup of each of the following ingredients: three tablespoons of dried mustard seeds, a teaspoon of paprika, a quarter teaspoon of pepper, and half a cup of low-fat sour cream. Splash some water over the food and serve.
You'll find that adding different colors of Mustards seeds to your salad dressing or mayonnaise will bring out many of its wonderful flavors. Yellow seeds mixed in with sweet pears or peaches will offer a warm and flavorful complement to any summer meal. Orange or peach pieces mixed in with red onions, zesty Stilton or pears will be a real highlight for any dinner.
To preserve your Mustards Seeds for later, place them in a small refrigerator-style pouch and add some food preservatives like Vitamin E and Zinc to help ward off bad odors. Store the pouch in the dark cupboard near your other kitchen staples. In addition to preserving the original flavor, adding the preservatives will extend the shelf life of the seed by making it last longer. Be sure to add a little extra toasty oil, if desired. Store the pouch in a cool, dry place.
Diced tomatoes and green onions make excellent accompaniments for Mustards seeds, too. Tomatoes are tangy, while onions have a pungent, mustard-like flavor. To enhance the pungent quality of the tomatoes, soak them overnight in water. Drain them the next morning and chop finely. Using a blender or processor, puree the chopped ingredients until they are a smooth paste. This paste can be used in any number of ways, from sauces to soups.
By keeping your mustard seeds in airtight containers, you can ensure that they retain their freshness for up to several months. This will allow you to enjoy your favorite condiments with no fear of them going bad before you ever get to eat them. Fortunately, most seeds are easy to germinate and start growing within 24 hours. With this guide, you'll find that seeds are an excellent way to create original, delicious mustard in just a matter of hours.