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Aravali Black Mustard

Classic black mustard seeds, small and dark, nutty and sharp.

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Our black mustard is a traditional Desi variety grown by farmer Rohit Jain in the tribal belt of Udaipur, which runs along the Aravali Range. Locally called "barik rai," the small, dark seeds are prized for their nutty flavor and classic sharpness. The seeds mellow with cooking — bloom in fat until they pop or toast for stir-fries, stews and vegetable dishes. Or use them for pickling!



Rajasthan, India


Barik rai




Black mustard seeds (Brassica nigra

Tasting notes:

Wasabi • Pistachio • Sweet Burn

Cooking tips

  • Bloom in fat or toast in a hot dry pan at the start of cooking stews and stir-fries
  • Toss with vegetables and oil and roast in a hot oven
  • Add to brine for pickling vegetables
  • Sprinkle over any dip or spread for a crunch and pop of flavor


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Mustard grows on plants that produce bright yellow flowers on tall stalks. The seeds, which come in a variety of colors, are widely used to make the familiar condiment but also very commonly used in South Asian cooking. The pods are edible as well.

Our partner farmer Rohit Jain grows this exceptional black mustard on his farm in Udaipur.

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Heirloom Spices Yes No No
Fair Prices for Farmers Yes No Depends on global commodity price
Time in Storage None. We import spices at harvest Up to 10 years At least 1 year
Flavor Profile Intense & fresh Stale & bland Inconsistent
Knows Farmers Names Yes No Unlikely
Customer Service Fast responses from real people! No There might be a 1-800 number?