Black Mustard – Rai
How to store:-
Always store mustard seeds in a cool place.
Store it in an air-tight container so that it is sealed properly.
The container must be completely dry.
The shelf where you place the container should not be moist.
Whole mustard seeds can last up to one year (at least) and powdered or ground ones last as long as six months.
How to use:-
Mustard seeds are largely used for tempering dishes.
It is also used in non-vegetarian dishes to enhance the taste of meats and fishes.
It can also be used for pickling and in chutneys.
Another great way of putting mustard seeds to use is in salad dressings.
Brown mustard seeds are used for garnishing, once sautéed in oil a little.
Make sure you don’t overcook mustard seeds or their taste may turn bitter.
Recipes using mustard seeds:-
1. Mustard seeds rice:
<> Boil some rice.
<> Right before serving, temper a little ghee in a pan, add yellow, white and brown mustard seeds.
<> Add some cumin seeds.
<> Once they start to splutter, add rice and serve immediately.
<> Mustard seeds will add a new flavour to the rice.
<> Serve it hot with other vegetables, curry or dal.
Apart from the taste benefits of mustard seeds and the easy availability that made them popular, one can find a number of mustard seed benefits for our health too. Some of the mustard seeds health benefits are mentioned below.
1. Cancer Treatment:-
The presence of compounds like glucosinolates and mirosinase in mustard seeds are known to use phytochemicals to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. This is definitely a major mustard seeds health benefit .
2. Rheumatic Arthritis:-
Mustard seeds are a source of relief for people having rheumatic arthritis. The selenium and magnesium content in it helps in providing relief from this problem.
Migraine occurrence also reduces owing to the magnesium content present in the mustard seed. A little touch of mustard to your fish can boost the constituting omega-3 content .
4. Respiration Congestion:-
Mustard seeds or mustard in general is known to relieve any congestion problems in respiration .
5. Disease Prevention:-
There are certain nutrients in mustard seeds that prevent diseases from occurring. They are all a part of the basic structure of the Brassica family to which mustard belongs .
6. Dietary Fibre:-
Mustard seeds are a good source of dietary fibres that improve digestion in the body. They make the bowel movements better, thus improving the overall metabolism of the body. The fibre content here is mostly very readily soluble making it effective for use .
7. Cancer Risk Prevention:-
Selenium content in mustard seeds provides good resistance to the body against cancer cell formation. It is known to slow down the rate of development of cancer cells and also acts as an anti-oxidant .
8. Blood Pressure and Menopausal Relief:-
A number of nutrients present in mustard seeds like copper, iron, magnesium and selenium also assist in the treatment of blood pressure and menopause relief .