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Black Cumin Recipes: You asked and here they are!

I just had to write something today as we just passed 100,000 page views and my 15th member just signed up.  I think that deserves a high five.


When I started on Twitter two years ago, no one ever heard of Nigella sativa and black cumin and the pages were very slim.  Now twice someone has hacked this blog trying to take about my followers and my links. lol.  I must have hit the top now.  Instead of bragging I want to take a moment to reflect on how lucky I am.  I am blessed that so many people want to learn more about this blessed seed and I am blessed that they want to follow me.

I am humbled and amazed by the amount of attention I have attained here and on Twitter and I just want to thank you all so much.  This is my top money earner blog and it is the place I do come to write a lot.  It is a place that I hope you all feel happy too.  Some days there will be tears and some days there will be rainbows, but thanks to Allah he is there to guide up all to a better tomorrow.

I just posted a wonderful recipe from my Blessed Seed ebook, called "naan bread with black cumin seeds."  It is a wonderful recipe about Indian bread.  Besides my naan bread recipe, you can find these recipes here on this blog:

Cucumber Salad with Yogurt and Black Seeds
Nigella Sativa Power Mixture 
Energized Honey with Black seed, ginseng, cinnamon and bee pollen
How to Make Healthier Clarified Butter
Healthy Black Seed Granola
OJ Slushie with Black Seed Oil

Energized Honey with Black Seed, Ginseng, Cinnamon and Bee Pollen

Here is another recipe for energizing honey.  Honey and black seeds were considered to be the best foods to take 1400 years ago in the life and times of Prophet Mohammad, Peace be Upon Him.  Some scholars have attributed honey as being the blessed seed that was spoken of not just the black seeds themself.

The original recipe came from an herbalist who had the basics down, but in my opinion it was not tweeked properly.  I have revamped the recipe to be more beneficial and healthier. My original energizer honey is much cheaper than this version, but this version has some of the healthiest ingredients possible for energy.  I will be posting my cheaper version at the bottom of this article.

Benefits of Honey

 
I could rave on honey for the next 50 years.  Honey is the base of all healing in my book.  Prophet Mohammad, PBUH, spoke about honey being a cure for the stomach and recommended its use for this ailment.  He also recommended taking a spoon of honey with water before breakfast.

Honey is also cut for cuts.  Using honey on a cut will help heal the wound.  There is however a huge difference in the many types of honey available.  Manuka Honey is one of the most famous honeys available.

Things to consider when buying raw honey is to make sure it is unpasterurized honey and not flash pasteurized at all.    Honey must be purchased in a jar and not in plastic containers.  Honey may absorb parts of the plastic if stored in plastic containers and become toxic.

Other benefits of honey are:
  • Natural energy booster
  • Treatment for all stomach ailments
  • Helps in the immediate recovery of cuts and burns
  • Used to help people lose weight
  • Will increase your immune system
  • Insomnia treatments
  • Hangovers can be remedies with honey

Bee Pollen Should be in Everyone's Diet:

I first heard of bee pollen on Curezone and was shocked at the man benefits it has.  I have thus tried to convince people in Jordan to get started on this delicacy of natural treatment and most here just frown.  It is a powerhouse of vitamins and nutrients.  You must start out slow with bee pollen, such as 1/2 teaspoon of ground and then work yourself up.  It does not take a lot to be beneficial.  Like honey, you should look for bee pollen in glass jars.

Here's a book on bee pollen, honey and royal jelly User's Guide to Propolis, Royal Jelly, Honey, & Bee ... by C. Leigh Broadhurst for $5.95.

Why Should Ginseng be Included in My Recipe?



Ginseng can be used several ways in this mixture.  You can use the liquid vials of ginseng, the capsules or the powder, which I prefer.  The powder is not cheap and should be refrigerated once opened.  Ginseng powder is easily mixed and works well.  Look for a good quality brand.  Look for either Chinese, Siberian or American.  You do not need a lot but for 1/2 kilo of honey, plan on using two tablespoons.

Some of the benefits of ginseng are: Diabetes, insomnia, stress, rheumatism, headache, colds, protects the liver, increases the immune system, used for cancer treatment and is effective in reducing cholesterol.

Energy Packed Honey

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 kilo of raw unpasteurized honey
  • 2 Tablespoons of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger
    2 Tablespoons of Bee Pollen
    2 Tablespoons of Ginseng powder or one vial or 12 capsules
  • 2 teaspoons of black seed oil (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of royal jelly (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric mixed with black pepper and calenudula
 Directions:

One jar of royal jelly will last you for a year, as you only need a bit to add to your treatment.  The original recipe had no royal jelly, but I love the stuff and it adds a lot to a healthful blend.  It is optional as is the black seed oil, but I prefer to cut off my left hand than to avoid black seed in my life.

Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together thoroughly.  Place in a sealed jar, not plastic and take 1/2 teaspoon to one teaspoon daily.  More than that is not necessary, but if you like enjoy more.

Why not compare this recipe to my original recipe for energy which is much cheaper to make.
My Energy Mixture with Honey


Also read: Natural Methods Help Treat Cancer Related Fatigue


How to Make Healthier Clarified Butter (Ghee)



In my search for some of the best recipes possible using black seeds, I came upon this herbalist who was teaching people to make butter his way.  He suggested using lemon oil, rosemary oil, sea salt, turmeric and marigold flowers.  I have taken his original recipes and revamped it totally and I have come up with some of the most flavorful ghee you can imagine that is very healthy.

As you may know eating too much butter is not good for your arteries, but by making ghee and then adding the herbs to stop any blockage you will now have a product that is safe to use in limited amounts.  As with anything, excess is not good.  I made this today and it is so yummy, you will be thanking me a million times over.

What is Ghee?

Ghee or clarified butter is used in many Middle Eastern Dishes, such as kabsa When making ghee the milk solids and water are removed from the butter and all is left is the butterfat on top.  It is a more delicious butter and is used to cook foods at a higher cooking point without becoming toxic as in extra virgin olive oil. 

Although ghee is cooked slightly longer than clarified butter to give it the browning effect on the bottom, you can use ghee or clarified butter in these recipes.  Ghee does have a nuttier taste than clarified butter. Ghee has a longer shelf life also and can be stored on the shelf if you like.  For me I keep mine in the refrigeration.  I have had my ghee in the refrigerator for over one year with no loss of texture or sign ever of mold or waste.

Benefits of Lemon Oil

You will only use a few drops of the lemon oil, but it will add flavor and health benefits to your ghee.  Lemon oil has limonene which has been shown to knock out pancreatic tumors and cancer.  It is also used in many of the liver detox drinks and with the oh so famous Master Cleanse Diet which many famous celebrities went on.

Turmeric and Marigold Mixture

Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory food and is used to protect your liver, arteries and give you overall protection.  Turmeric is also used to prevent Alzheimer's disease and breast cancer.  Other benefits of curcumin or turmeric are:
  • Prevention for cancer
  • Anti inflammatory properties
  • Cardiovascular benefits
  • Aides in the prevention of high cholesterol
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis benefits

Marigold has so many benefits, that you will run to the herbalist and buy all he has.  The marigold has now been placed in the books of cancer and anti-cancer cures, because it has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. The marigold is also able to help in the treatment of wounds. Some of the remedies for the marigold flowers are:
  • Inflammation of the intestines
  • Diarrhea
  • Liver problems
  • Expel worms
  • Herpes and glandular swellings
  • Hepatitis

Rosemary Oil Benefits

Rosemary oil is an anti-oxidant which has many benefits and is good for the brain.  Rosemary has long been touted as a treatment for the entire body, not just the brain.  It will improve the immune system, heal digestion problems and heal delicate organ problems, such as the liver.

Rosemary is also a great essential oil for your hair. You can use this essential oil to slow down hair loss and use as an ointment if you are bald.  Not only is it good for the hair, but for your skin too.  You will find rosemary oil in many delicate skin lotions.

Nigella Sativa or Black Seeds

Yes, we are coming to the main ingredient that we will add to make this ghee healthier with the use of black seeds.  You can add the oil, but I added whole seeds right at the end of the process.  It gave the ghee a wonderful flavor and will be something you cannot do without.  I had to immediately run to try out my new ghee and indeed the flavor was just as expected, WONDERFUL.

Black seeds do not lose their value by cooking, but you want to make sure not to burn them.  So I suggest putting them in the end for just a minute or so.  Black seeds are so full of nutrition that they contain more than 100 different types of nutrients and vitamins.  It is part of the "Prophetic Medicine" that claims it cures all disease but death.

Now on to the actual recipe:

In many Arab dishes, the first ingredient is "Ghee." Learning how to make ghee or purified butter is not difficult and this article will show you how it is done.

Ghee is clarified butter or butter that is cooked to separate the fat, which is then removed. It is a simple and easy process. Once you have a container or jar of ghee, you will never want to go back to regular butter again. The best ghee is made from raw butter. Raw butter can be obtained from a local farmer or holistic store specializing in fresh dairy products.

There is nothing like making some delicious Saudi Kabsa with the base of ghee. The flavor is so much more intense and wonderful when you start with ghee. Most Arab or Middle Eastern cooking has a lot of fried food. The base of most meals starts with some sautéed onions. To have a higher cooking point in virgin olive oil, add in some ghee with the oil and the oil will be better tasting also.


Instructions 
  • Place one pound of butter in a heavy based metal pan.
  • Turn the heat on low to simmer the butter. Add in 6 drops of each of the essential oils of lemon, rosemary and 1 teaspoon of the turmeric and marigold mixture.  You can add in one teaspoon of sea salt for more flavor and benefit if you like. 
  • Keep the pan partially covered. This process will take around 12-16 minutes. Do not stir the pan; just tilt the pan slightly to see how the bottom of the pan is doing.
  • Around one minute before the ghee is done, add in 1 tablespoon of whole black seeds.
  • When most of the froth is gone and the bubbling has subsided, it is time to turn off the ghee and remove it off the stove. Let the ghee or purified butter cool at this point.
  • After the ghee is completely cooled, strain the ghee and place it in a glass jar. It is important at this point to use a glass jar.
  • The ghee will keep for months in the refrigerator. The ghee will harden in the refrigerator, so when it is needed, just use a knife or spoon to take out what is needed or defrost it for a little while.
  • This recipe can be safely doubled.

As there are many recipes and some claiming to be the best, always try and be careful not to let the ghee burn. Some recipes will say to cook the ghee for up to 45 minutes. Do not follow these recipes as the ghee will be ruined.

Here is a video that will show you step by step how to make ghee. The video is called "How to make Ghee