Black or brown mustard seeds are warming, and impart the pungent taste. They are balancing for Kapha and Vata, but increase Pitta. In Ayurveda, brown mustard seeds are considered a digestive and good for alleviating stomach discomfort such as gas or cramps.
Take a little ghee and heat it in a pan. When hot, add the mustard seeds. As soon as the seeds pop, remove from the heat and pour over the prepared dish. Stir and serve. Mustard seeds sautéed in ghee are wonderful in lentil soups, dals, Indian-style curries and spiced vegetables. They have a sharp flavour and are aromatic as well.
Black mustard seeds combine well with other ayurvedic herbs and spices such as ginger, cayenne peppers, turmeric, asafoetida (hing) and coriander.