Janeiiong/Black Sesame Seed Pulao

March 5, 2019mayurisjikoni
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Megha means clouds and thus this North Eastern State is known as the ‘Abode of the Clouds’. True to its name, its receives plenty of rainfall. The state comprises of Garo, Khasi and Jaintia Hills. Majority of the population are Christians. The neighbors are Assam to the north and Bangladesh to the south. The Nohkalikai falls near Cherrapunji is the highest plunge waterfall in India, 1115 feet. Till 1972 Meghalaya was a part of Assam. The hills have many caves which fast is making Meghalaya a famous destination for cave exploration activities. Meghalaya has many living bridges, roots that are old span waterbodies to form suspension like bridges.

Coming to the cuisine of Meghalaya, the staple diet consists of rice, meat and fish.Vegetables are usually served as a side dish or as salad. Finding a vegetarian dish for this cuisine was very difficult.

Here are some the famous dishes of Meghalaya:

  • Jadoh – a red rice preparation usually made with pork and other ingredients like onion, ginger,turmeric, bay leaves, pepper, green chillis.
  • Doh Khlieh – a salad made using pork, onions and chillis.
  • Nakham Bitchi – a soup made from nakham fish, chillis and pepper.
  • Pumaloi – rice powder is steamed in special pots called khiew ranei. Its usually served during festivals and community gatherings with curries.
  • Doh Neiing – a pork curry dish with rich gravy and with black sesame seeds added to it.
  • Tungrymbai – a meal for the peasant community which consists of fermented soya beans, pork, onion,balck sesame seeds, chillis, onion, ginger.
  • Pudoh – A curry made from pork pieces and powdered rice.
  • minil songa – a sticky rice and fresh bamboo snack.
  • Pukhlein – a sweet dish made from powdered rice and jaggery.
  • Sakin Gata – a sweet steamed sticky rice preparation.
  • Kyat – fermented rice beer.

Meghalaya cuisine is healthy with hardly any oil and uses fresh ingredients. My partner for this month was Priya Mahesh who blogs @ At200deg. I gave her rice and mushrooms while she gave me rice and black sesame seeds. With the ingredients that I suggested to Priya she made a delicious rice dish, Vegetarian Jadoh with tofu and mushroom.

My hunt for vegetarian dishes took me to Desi Fiesta a blog by Manjula Bharath. I got the idea to make Janeiiong from her blog.

There is not much information about Janeiiong on the internet. However, I can assure you the rice is so flavourful on its own. I had the rice on its own while hubby enjoyed it with some curry. The main ingredient here besides the rice is black sesame seeds.

The benefits of including black sesame seeds in your diet are:

  • they are rich in calcium and zinc, making it beneficial for strong bones
  • Its rich in magesium which helps to stabilse blood pressur
  • has anti aging properties as it rich in iron, Vitamin B
  • Decreases risk of cancer
  • the seeds are a good source of fiber making it beneficial for proper digestion

Make Janeiiong or Black Sesame Seeds Pulao with a curry or enjoy it on its own as a snack or breakfast treat. Remember to go easy with the chillis as Meghalaya food is not overly spicy.


Serves 2

2 cups cooked rice

½ cup black sesame seeds

1 tbsp oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 tbsp ginger paste or about 1″ ginger thinly sliced

1-2 green chillis, sliced or paste

5-6 cloves of garlic, sliced

½ tsp salt

  1. Roast the black sesame seeds on a wide pan over low heat till they begin to crackle. Remember to stir them continuously.
  2. Let the seeds cool down a bit. Add very little water and grind it into a paste.
  3. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
  4. Stir fry the onion till it becomes soft.
  5. Add the ginger, garlic and chillis. Mix well.
  6. Add the sesame seed paste. Mix well.
  7. Add the rice and salt.
  8. Mix it gently so that the paste coats the grains of the rice. Let it become hot over low heat and serve immediately with a curry or on its own.


  • I used garlic for extra flavor.
  • Use leftover rice.
  • Its a great way to include black sesame seeds in your diet. If kids don’t like the slightly bitter taste of the ground sesame seeds then sprinkle them whole for them.

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  • the #1 Itinerary

    March 5, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Great post 😁

  • The Girl Next Door

    March 6, 2019 at 10:30 am

    What an interesting way to use black sesame! It would have added so much flavour to the rice, as well as that beautiful black colour. 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 6, 2019 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks Priya, it definitely did.

  • prathimashivraj

    March 7, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Normal sesame seeds pwdr we use in our daily cooking.. Tastes sesame pwdr rice too.. But with black sesame pwdr looks interesting too will try dis one can feel dat aroma n flavour.. Looks soo delicious

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 10, 2019 at 11:04 am

      Thanks Prathima.

  • Renu

    March 8, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    At first I thought that you have used black rice. But love how the rice here is naturally coloured using sesame and the use of sesame. A unique and a different recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 10, 2019 at 11:01 am

      Thanks Renu, I too was really surprised how the black sesame seed paste imparted the colour to the rice.

  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    March 11, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Black sesame seeds play the key role here. How it makes the simple dish much eye-catchy here. This must be tasted so delicious !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 11, 2019 at 7:09 pm

      It tasted really good Sasmita.

  • Lathiya

    March 11, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    I believe Meghalya have an interesting array of dishes…This black sesame rice looks so delicious

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks Lathiya.

  • Vidya Narayan

    March 12, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Being South Indians, I am a big fan of Sesame seeds and addition of the same to recipes is more than welcome. Mayuri, we have a similar rice dish called Ellu sadam which is sesame rice made with white sesame seeds but I usually make it with a mixture of both black and white. I am sure this is something I would love and would try soon. I just need a side of curd thats all!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 13, 2019 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks Vidya, its really nice to learn about variations of recipes from different states. I too enjoyed the rice with some yogurt.

  • Priya

    March 12, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Lovely post…a great way to use black sesame seeds in our diet..i love the nutty flavour of sesame seed. The pictures have akso come out well…lovely share

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 13, 2019 at 12:53 pm

      Thank you so much Priya.

  • anu

    March 14, 2019 at 12:01 am

    I made the same dish for the event and it tasted great. Sauteing the sesame paste on low flame for few minutes will remove all bitter taste. The photography is eye catching.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 14, 2019 at 9:00 am

      Thanks Anu, I’ll keep that in mind next time I make the rice.

  • Batter Up With Sujata

    March 14, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Never tasted black sesame seeds. Always used white. This rice looks delicious and flavourful. Love to know about new dishes from different cuisine.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 14, 2019 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks Sujata, it taste good, try it one day.

  • Corina Blum

    March 15, 2019 at 12:54 am

    This rice would be so tasty! I’d love to try it and the black sesame seeds as I’ve never tried them before .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 15, 2019 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks Corina. Black sesame seeds are commonly consumed in India during the winter season. Healthy and like the white ones has many health benefits.

  • Esha

    March 15, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Firstly, Meghalaya is on my bucket List to visit before I die 🙂 This rice looks absolutely fabulous. I love black sesame and what a simple and delicious rice dish.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 15, 2019 at 10:13 pm

      Thank you so much Esha. Hope your dream of visiting the beautiful state comes true.

  • Melanie Varey

    March 16, 2019 at 9:55 am

    I have never used black sesame seeds but will now. Lots of information about the health benefits – thank you.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 17, 2019 at 3:45 pm

      You’re welcome Melanie.

  • Lucy Parissi

    March 16, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Meghalaya cuisine sounds fantastic and this rice looks stunning. Thanks for piquing my interest.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 17, 2019 at 3:45 pm

      Thanks and you’re welcome Lucy.

  • FoodTrails

    March 16, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    I still have to explore the North eastern Cuisine.. loved the addition of black sesame seeds in rice, that has added a gourmet touch to such a simple rice dish.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 17, 2019 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks Swati.

  • themadscientistskitchen

    March 17, 2019 at 4:59 am

    Reminds me of til rice amma used to make. You are right meghalaya is a difficult game when it comes to vegetarian recipes. I have bookmarked this one. Must try as the colour of the rice is so awesome.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 17, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks Archana, it also tastes great.

  • Mina Joshi

    March 17, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Mayuri – you always amaze me with the variety of dishes you make. This rice looks absolutely delicious..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 17, 2019 at 3:56 pm

      Thank you so much Mina. I love cooking from different cuisines.

  • Mandy

    March 18, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    This sounds gorgeous – I’ve never had rice this way but would love to try it

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 19, 2019 at 4:17 am

      Thanks Mandy, we have several ways to make leftover rice into a tasty option.

  • Anna | Serving Dumplings

    March 18, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    this is such an interesting dish!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 19, 2019 at 4:16 am

      Thank you Anna.

  • jayashreetrao

    March 21, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Loved this, something different. I have made using white sesame, shall try it sometime. Nice share for the theme.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 21, 2019 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree, please do try it with black sesame seeds its different.

  • Aruna

    March 21, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Black sesame has such a great flavour profile. In the south, we make a rice with white sesame, which I love. This rice is pretty much up the same alley, and I am sure I will love it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 21, 2019 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks Aruna, food preparation all over India is somehow related except for a change in some ingredients.

  • poonampagar

    March 27, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Looking at the color , I thought you have cooked the rice in blackblack s seed paste, but this is a simple stir fry dish and a great way to use the left over rice. Definitely going to try it soon. Like you we also love the garlic flavor in rice dish.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 28, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      Yes it is a great way to use up leftover rice Poonam. Do try it, its so different and simple.

  • Sujata Shukla

    March 27, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    I do want to try out this sesame rice, it sounds so good. I have one problem though – I am never able to grind sesame to paste in a processor. I have just bought a grinding stone but it is yet to reach me from Chennai. With a nicely ground paste, this rice must be so delicious!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 28, 2019 at 8:59 pm

      Try the rice Sujata, it did taste awesome.

  • Freda @ Aromatic essence

    April 3, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Quite a unique recipe. It looks and sounds really good. I will try it soon 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 5, 2019 at 5:33 pm

      Thanks Freda.

  • Jagruti Dhanecha

    April 3, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Use of black sesame seeds in rice is such a lovely idea, yet to try Meghalaya cuisine in my kitchen. Starting with this dish is a good idea.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 5, 2019 at 5:32 pm

      It is very difficult to find an authentic veggie dish as mostly meat is used. However, you must try this rice dish.

  • Lata Lala

    April 3, 2019 at 10:03 am

    What a wonderful use of black seasame seeds to make pulao. This must be so full of flavours hai na Mayuri.
    Thank you for sharing.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 5, 2019 at 5:31 pm

      Thanks Lata, try it whenever you have left over rice, it does taste good.

  • Ruchi

    April 4, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Wow sounds so flavourful. Loved the recipe. Sounds easy Thanks for sharing such unique recipes. Wonderful share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 5, 2019 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks Ruchi.

  • Sandhya

    April 4, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    What a unique dish this is Mayuri! I also enjoyed reading about Megahlaya and the health benefits of black sesame seeds. Very informative post!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 5, 2019 at 5:16 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya.

  • Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    April 21, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    The image reminds me of ellu saadam. The roasted sesame seeds are such a delicious flavour I will love to try this for sure, swapping it for ellu saadam for a while.

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