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Carom Seeds

Also Known As : Ajowan, Ajwain
Technical Name : Trachyspermum ammi


Taste Profile

Carom seeds are sharp and pungent.

Usage Tips

  1. They can be added in bread, bean, lentil, snacks, biscuits, soups and sauce.
  2. In Indian cooking, it is often part of the tadka in a dish.

Common names and forms

  1. Ajawon
  2. Ajowan
  3. Ajowan (Bishops Seed)
  4. Ajwain
  5. Ajwain (Carom Seeds)
  6. Ajwain Whole
  7. Bishop's Weed
  8. Bishop's Weed (Ajwain)
  9. Bishops Seeds
  10. Carom
  11. Carom Powder
  12. Carum Coptium Powder
  13. Organic Ajwain
  14. Organic Ajwain Powder


Carom seeds is commonly known as bishop's weed and a very effective spice which is used in food as well as medicines. They are used in small quantities and almost always used cooked. They vary from being slightly olive green to brown in colour. They are used in different vegetable dishes and added to various pickles. 

Health benefits

  • Carom seeds helps in maintaining digestive health.(1) 
  • They treat abdominal discomfort due to indigestion like stomach pain or burning sensation.(1) 
  • They increases the appetite for those suffering from loss of appetite.(1) 

Selection Guide

Carom seeds are mostly sold as whole seeds, as that is the most common form in which it is used in Indian cooking. Choose those seeds that look crisp and fresh, and have a strong aroma.


Overconsumption of ajwain can lead to stomach ulcer, heartburns and nausea.(2)

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