Kalonji Aloo | Potatoes with Nigella Seeds



The current pandemic had put a temporary stop to a few challenges and that included the AtoZ Challenge, that is hosted by Vidya and Jolly. After posting this recipe for the letter “M”, the tough times came through and taking into account the lock-down back home and non-availability of ingredients, the post for the letter “N” was moved. Finally, we had a Pindeclaration from Vidya that we could do our posts this month. During this pandemic, I decided I would cook up with what I had in my pantry – “Nigella Seeds” aka kalonji. This ingredient is actually something I rarely use in my cooking. I keep a little stock in my pantry so that I can sprinkle it into my pazhampori. I totally love the little bitterness it gives when you bite through it along with the sweet plantains. My impulse was to try Fami’s banana bread, but then considering my girls don’t like banana bakes, I had to rest the plan for some other day. That is when my eyes feel on this recipe when it was posted on an instagrammer‘s stories.


I loved the recipe for all the correct reasons. First of all, the recipe lets the star ingredient – the kalonji aka nigella seeds – shine. It uses very minimal spices. The only chopping involved is that of the potatoes. Try to keep the potato cubes as small and even as possible, and hence that makes this one of the easiest dinners you can make. Make some pooris with it, or some chapathis with it, or just get some roti from the nearby bakery, and you are good to go. The char the potatoes had after the water evaporated and the potatoes were cooked were oh-so-yum! My girls, who are usually not very happy with potatoes – among the rare group who don’t love potatoes *crying* – mopped up their plates and really loved this dish. They said it was really delicious. It just affirms that you don’t need to use fancy ingredients to dish out something that can be loved by your family. We had it with some spinach chapathis, like you can see in the background, the recipe of which will be shared hopefully soon. Till then, let us enjoy this deliciously simple recipe…





4.93 from 13 votes

Kalonji Aloo | Potatoes with Nigella Seeds

Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 500-600 gm potatoes around 3 medium sized ones
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp nigella seeds kalonji
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 2 green chillies thinly sliced
  • Salt to taste


  • Peel and cube the potatoes into small bite sized peices, for easier cooking.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan. Fry the nigella seeds for a minute.
  • Add in all the ingredients into the pan with a little bit of water, and give a good toss.
  • Cover and cook on low flame, stirring occassionally till the potatoes get completely cooked. Sprinkle in water if it sticks to the bottom of the pan.
  • Serve warm with pooris or parathas.

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  1. I love black cumin seeds! This is simple yet so flavourful and delicious.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

  2. sounds like a fun challenge. I havent cooked with nigella seeds. this looks delicious by the way

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nammi…

  3. 5 stars
    Wow rafee, Kalonji aloo is very interesting and totally new! I too have kalonji in my pantry, will try this definitely

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priya…

  4. 4 stars
    Kalonji in potatoes sounds interesting. A simple recipe that looks flavourful & delicious

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Niranjana…

  5. Kalonji is so full of flavour, isn’t it? Sprinkling it on Pazam Pori is not something I thought of but now you are giving me ideas. πŸ™‚

    I love any form of a potato curry and this one must be so full of flavour from the Nigella Seeds. Poori and this Bhaji is soon called for.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Yes, I add it to the batter, it gives a nice tinge of sourness when you bite in between the sweetness. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much Aruna…

  6. 5 stars
    Nice and simple aloo sabzi flavoured with nigella seeds. Can be paired with rotis/ puris or as a side with dal chawal

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shobhaji…

  7. 5 stars
    Potato curry with kalonji looks absolutely delicious and I’m sure the lovely flavour of kalonji must have made this curry even more interesting and flavourful.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Geetha…

  8. 5 stars
    I love potatoes, and am forever hunting for new ways to make them. This version with nigella seeds sounds simple and so delicious! πŸ™‚ I’d love to pair this sabzi with some hot phulkas and dal tadka.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priya… πŸ™‚

  9. 5 stars
    We usually make potatoes with nigella seed and green chilli only in mustard oil. A white dry potato dish to serve with luchi. But your sounds little different. Looks so spicy and mouthwatering. I would love to try your version soon.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Wow, that sounds really interesting. I would love to try this simple version… Thank you so much Sujataji…

  10. 5 stars
    Like ur girls, I have one at home who doesnt love potatoes. am sure she would love the simple flavors here, Rafee ! thanks for a great variation with aloo πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kalyani… πŸ™‚

  11. Vidya Narayan says:

    5 stars
    I am team Potato and in fact, my husband too. I absolutely adore nigella seeds and cannot wait to try this over the weekend with some phulkas and dal on the side. Simple fuss free recipes are always welcomed at our place.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Vidya…

  12. 5 stars
    I too love the slight bitterness, flavour and bite from nigella seeds. It truly has the ability to flavour any dish. This simple and yet inviting potato sabji definitely is making nigella shine through. Unfortunately, don’t have any in my pantry at the moment but when I do get some, would love to try this kalonji aloo dish.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Mayuriji…

  13. 5 stars
    I make jeera Aloo looks like good alternative to use kalonji seeds. I am big fan of Aloo and this looks simple to make but very flavorful. I can simply enjoy as snack too.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Narmadha….

  14. Nigella seeds are one of my favorite ingredients to anywhere possible in my cooking. The potato sabji with nigella seeds is a go to recipe on weekends at my place. yours look so inviting, part it with some roti and dahi an you are good to go! Awesome share.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Paarul…

  15. Anshu Agrawal says:

    Simple recipe which are full of flavors and can be made in a jiffy makes everyday cooking hassel free. Awesome recipe πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anshu…

  16. What a lovely recipe, its simple but looks so very delicious and would make the perfect accompaniment with plain paratha and some curd and pickle. I never tried aloo with nigella seeds, I bet they were really yumm.. Awesome

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jolly…

  17. 5 stars
    A simple fuss free aloo dish that will be great combo with poori or parathas or I can have it on it’s own. Super liked the use nigella seeds.

  18. 5 stars
    I have tried mixed vegetable stir fry with panch phoran so can imagine how flavorful these aloo must have been with kalonji temperring. Would love to have it with some got phulkas.

  19. 5 stars
    The comfort of potatoes and the subtle flavour of Kalonji go so well together that it is comfort all along. The images look beautiful as well, Rafeeda.

  20. This seems similar to my fav jeera aloo. Use of kalonji seeds is a lovely alternative Rafeeda ! Can you imagine i can have this simply as it is, LOL

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