Sunday, March 3, 2019

Janeiiong | Black Sesame Pulao from Meghalaya

For the month of February, the theme for "Shhhhh Cooking Secretly" event is cuisine from Meghalaya. 

Meghalaya is one of the seven North Eastern states of India. Meghalaya - alaya("abode") and megha("clouds") which means "the abode of clouds" in Sanskrit. It occupies a mountainous plateau of great scenic beauty. It is the home to three major tribal population - Khasis, Garos and Jaintias(in order of population). The staple food of people is rice with meat and fish preparations. 

For the cooking event, I am paired with Seema Doraiswamy Sriram, who gave me sesame seeds and rice as my secret ingredients. I have made this black sesame seeds pulao called "Janeiiong. I gave her rice flour and jaggery and she made a sweet rice flour cookie named "Pu klein". Do check her blog - 'Mildly Indian' for the recipe. 

Recipe Source: DesiFiesta

  1. Cooked rice - 1 cup
  2. Black sesame seeds - 1/4 cup
  3. Onion - 1 small sized
  4. Ginger minced - 1 teaspoon
  5. Green chilies - 2
  6. Oil - 1 teaspoon
  7. Salt to taste
  1. Dry roast black sesame seeds on medium flame for around 5 minutes. Keep stirring continuously to avoid burning of seeds. 
  2. After dry roasting, place the sesame seeds in a fine sieve and wash in running water.
  3. Grind the sesame seeds into a fine paste by adding 1 tablespoon of water. Set aside the ground paste.
  4. In a pan, heat a teaspoon of oil and add finely chopped onion, minced ginger and slit green chilies. Saute until onions turn translucent.
  5. Add sesame paste and salt to taste. Mix well and let it simmer for around 3 minutes.
  6. Add cooked rice and mix well. Serve hot.


  1. What an interesting dish! I love the addition of black sesame to the rice - I'm sure it added a whole lot of flavour. :)

  2. Isn't this rice so so so tasty, simple ingredients and so flavorful. Hubby and I loved it.

  3. This is a complete new recipe. Addition of crushed black sessame must have given a distinct taste and flavour. Loved this.

  4. Have tried sesame rice several times but pulao sounds interesting n feel the flavours n aroma yummm

  5. This rice dish using black sesame seeds sounds much flavorful. Indeed a much interesting dish from the meghalaya cuisine !

  6. What an easy and different variety rice with black sesame seeds..the rice looks delicious

  7. Loved the recipe and I am a big fan of Black sesame seeds. We make Ellu sadam usually but I am sure I would love this too.

  8. Sounds very similar to a sevai / rice noodles that my grandmother used to make...healthy too...nice share

  9. Rice sounds so flavourful. Never used black sesame seeds in my food. Always used white. Now I have to try it

  10. Pulao with sesame seeds sounds very interesting and looks flavorful.Will try this recipe soon.

  11. India always surprises. This dish is so reminiscent of the sesame rice we make in South India. I love the flavour of black sesame and will love this dish.

  12. Looks flavoursome and I would love to try this one with black sesame. Nice share.

  13. I made the same recipe for the event , this rice was delicious....

  14. Rice with black sesame seeds sounds interesting and healthy too. Would love to try out this protein rich rich dish for sure.

  15. I'm so curious about the taste of this pulav that I will not be at peace until I make some. Luckily I have a a stock of black sesame. Why would we wash the sesame after roasting it, do you know? Isn't it unusual to wash it? Anyway the recipe sounds interesting and I will let you know once I have made it for myself.

  16. it is interesting to see this recipe as it reminds me of ellu saadam. I will surely try this.