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Mustard Seeds

Also Known As : Sarso
Technical Name : Brassica nigra/ Brassica juncea


Taste Profile

Black mustard seeds are the most pungent of the three but are also the least common. Brown mustard seeds are less spicy than black and spicier than white mustard seeds, as can be seen in most types of brown mustard condiments. White mustard seeds are milder than brown or black mustard seeds, but they still contain pungent flavor     

Usage Tips

  1. In Asian countries, brown mustard seeds are used to produce condiments and mustard oil.
  2. White mustard seeds are ground to make a yellow mustard condiment.
  3. Black mustard seeds are often kept whole and fried (or toasted) before adding to a dish or included in a stir-fry along with other aromatic ingredients.

Common names and forms

  1. Black Mustard Seeds
  2. Brown Mustard
  3. Fried Mustard Seeds
  4. Hill mustard seed
  5. Mustard Big
  6. Mustard Dal
  7. Mustard Seeds Powder
  8. Organic Mustard Seeds
  9. Raay dana
  10. Rai (Mustard Seeds)
  11. Rai Ki Daal
  12. Red Mustard Seeds
  13. Sarsoo Red
  14. Small Mustard Seeds
  15. Sun Dry Mustard
  16. Whole Grain Mustard
  17. Yellow Mustard
  18. Yellow Mustard Seeds
  19. Yellow Mustard Whole


Mustard seeds are small round seeds obtained from the mustard plant. They come from one of the three different plants such as black mustard, red/brown mustard, and yellow mustard.

Brown mustard seeds come from the Brassica juncea plant. It is also often called Chinese mustard or Indian mustard. There are different varieties of brown mustard seeds, ranging from those with a dark brown seed coat to others that are dark yellow.Yellow mustard comes from the seeds of the white mustard plant, Sinapis alba. The white mustard plant bears light tan seeds that are a little larger than brown mustard seeds. These end up as the bright yellow mustard due to the addition of turmeric or dye.


Selection Guide

Go for clean mustard seeds without any dust in them. You can choose among many varieties available in the market.


Mustard seeds can cause skin allergy due to their heating effect. Uncooked mustard seeds contain goitrogens which may interfere in the functioning of thyroid gland.(2)

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