Kalonji Pulao- nigella seeds spiced rice.

nigella seeds infused rice
Kalonji pulao (nigella seed infused rice ) is the simplest of recipes on the Indian home menu. I had never expected this to feature on the blog till someone I knew asked me for the rice recipe I cooked…
Honestly, I was so happy they like the flavour. It is one we adore. We often make this often than the popular jeera pulao. The difference made by the nigella seeds is amazing.

Benefits of nigella seed

Known as “the seed of blessing”, these triangular black seeds have more that 100 identified components which are beneficial.

  • The nigella seeds are popularly used as oil in treating headaches.
  • The anti-convulsion properties of nigella seed have been backed by research.
  • Otherwise known as Roman coriander can be used in diabetes to reduce blood sugar levels.
  • this black cumin oil has been very effective to prevent hair loss and drying of the scalp.
  • the research paper about the effects of these seeds towards reducing the brain toxicity due to lead.
  • research towards the healing effects of these seeds in cancerous cells have also been reported.

Nigella sativa seeds or black cumin comes into Indian cuisine as an addition to the fried snacks or the tempering in panchphoran. It is a popular addition to Mediterranean cuisine too.  The aroma it gives out upon being roasting is what I that I love about it. Try out my easy version. It is also one of the best ways to refresh some leftover rice if you have.

To serve, I would pair this with a hearty bean stew or paneer curry.
here are some more recipes you may want to try
a couple of other popular rice varieties are these
I have also used Kalonji ( nigella seeds) in these recipes
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nigella seeds infused rice

Kalonji Pulao

the simple goodness of nigella seeds
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, Pressure cooker, Summer, Winter
Servings 4 people


  • 2 cup rice cooked, preferable long grain like Basmathi
  • 1 tbsp butter oil if you would like to change
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon crushed
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp black cumin nigella seeds, kalonji
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2-3 pieces fresh ginger root crush to add
  • 2 tbsp almonds cut pieces ( optional)
  • mixed herbs ( optional)


  • Fluff the cooked rice and keep ready in a mixing bowl
  • In a small pan melt the butter and add all the seeds and spices. Keep on a low heat and saute for the nice aroma.   
  • Pour this over the rice, add salt and mix well
  • It s ready to serve
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6 years ago

Something different.. Will try out the kalonji pulao for a change..

Sujata Roy
6 years ago

Kalonji pulao looks so flavourful and tempting. I love Kalonji flavour. Thanks for this easy to make and delicious recipe.

Priya Suresh
6 years ago

QUite a different pulao, can smell the flavor of this rice. Such a fantastic dish to give a try without any fail.

6 years ago

Never tried this. Will bookmark to try later☺

6 years ago

I’ve never used just kalonji in rice dishes. It must have added so much flavor to the dish along with ginger and almonds. Good share.

6 years ago

I love the flavour of Kalonji and loved your idea of making a Pulao with it!

6 years ago

OMG! Sounds amazingly delicious and a must try immediately kind of recipe. Will update you once I do.

6 years ago

I never tried using kalonji in pulao, should give a try sometime.

6 years ago

Pulav looks so flavourful…and a different recpie… thanks for the share

Padma Veeranki
6 years ago

Kalonji pulao looks delicious…I can imagine the taste and aroma…something different…Nice share!!

6 years ago

This is something different from usual variety rice…sounds flavorsome and yummy

Uma Srinivas
6 years ago

What an interesting and flavorful rice!! Looks so easy and yummy meal and perfect for busy weekdays.

6 years ago

Never thought to add Kalonji in rice preparation, sound interesting. As daughter love kalonji seeds surely will try this recipe.

6 years ago

I love adding kalonji in paanch phoran, on top of naans and kulchas and in pickles but never made rice with it. This sounds very flavorful idea.

3 years ago

Kalonji cures health as well as medicinal benefits that can also be considered as a great natural weight loss benefit. It has so many benefits but also has some side effects too.

Reply to  Myra
3 years ago

What are the side effects you mentioned?

1 year ago
Rating :

Made this with cauliflower rice and it was delicious! Not a traditional pulao but still so good 🙂

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