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Nigella seeds Also known as black onion seeds. These tiny, angular, deep black seeds have a nutty, peppery flavor. Used in India and the Middle East as a seasoning for vegetables. Sometimes, it is erroneously referred to as the black cumin which is an entirely different species.  
Noodles, dried rice stick Short translucent flat noodles. They need to be soaked in hot water until soft, then cooked briefly in boiling water until just tender. Online Recipes - Dried Rice Stick Noodles
Noodles, dried soba A specialty of northern Japan. These are beige-colored noodles, made from a mixture of buckwheat and wheat flours. Some are even lightly flavored with green tea or beetroot. They are cooked in simmering water, then rinsed in cold water to cool before use. The boodles are served either hot in a broth or cold with a dipping sauce. Online Recipes  - Dried  Soba Noodles
Noodles, fresh egg Made from egg and wheat flour and are pale yellow. Before use, they need to be shaken apart and cooked in boiling water until tender and then drained well. Fresh egg noodles are sold in a range of widths. The noodles are dusted lightly with flour before packing to stop them from sticking together. Store in the refrigerator. Online Recipes - Fresh Egg Noodles
Noodles, fresh rice Made from a thin dough of rice flour. This is steamed, giving it a firm, jellylike texture, then lightly oiled and packaged ready for use. The pearly white noodles need only to be rinsed in hot water to loosen and separate and then drained. They come in thick or thin varieties, or in a sheet that can be cut. used in stir-fries or added to simmering dishes near the end of cooking. Store in the refirgerator. Online Recipes - Fresh Rice Noodles
Noodles, Harusame Very fine, white, almost transparent Japanese noodles. They are made from mung bean flour and are very similar to dried mung bean vermicelli. Use in the same way.  
Noodles, Hokkien Also known as Fukkien or Singapore noodles. They are thick, yellow, rubbery-textured noodles from wheat flour. They are packaged cooked and lightly oiled and need no preparation before use. Simply stir-fry or add to soups or salads. Store in the refrigerator. Online Recipes - Hokkien Noodles
Noodles, potato starch Also known as Korean vermicelli. They are long, fine. green-brown. translucent dried noodles. Cook in rapidly boiling water for about 5 minutes or until plump and gelatinous. Overcooking will make them soggy. Online Recipes - Potato Starch Noodles
Noodles, Shanghai White noodles made from wheat flour and water, similar to the somen boodles of Japan. They can be thick or thin. Cook in boiling water before use. Fresh noodles are dusted lightly with flour before packing to stop them from sticking together. Store in the refrigerator. Dried wheat flour noodles are also available. Online Recipes - Shanghai Noodles
Noodles, Shirataki A basic ingredient in the Japanese dish sukiyaki. Thin, translucent and jelly-like, they are made from the starchy root of a plant known in Japan as devil's tongue. They have a crunchy texture, but little flavor and are available fresh or dried. Store the fresh noodles in the refrigerator. Online Recipes - Shirataki Noodles
Noodles, Somen Fine, white, dried wheat flour noodles used in Japanese cooking. Before use, cook in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes, then rinse in cold water. Online Recipes - Somen Noodles
Noodles, Udon White wheat flour noodles used in Japanese cooking. They may be round or flat. Cook in boiling water or miso soup before used in Japanese soups and simmered dishes, or can be braised and served with a sauce. Online Recipes - Udon Noodles
Nori This is the most common form of dried seaweed used in Japanese and Korean cooking. It comes in paper thin sheets, plain or roasted. Before use, it can be toasted lightly over a naked flame to freshen and produce a nutty flavor. keep in an airtight container or in the freezer. Online Recipes - Nori
Nutmeg Nutmeg is the seed of Myristica fragrans, an evergreen tree native to the Molucca Islands. Interestingly, the tree produces both Nutmeg and mace, and grows up to 60 feet tall. Although the tree takes seven years to bear fruit, it may produce until the 90th year. Both spices come from the tree’s fruit, which splits into a scarlet outer membrane, mace, and an inner brown seed, Nutmeg.  

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