Mixed Vegetables With Kalonji Seeds (Black Caraway) Recipe

Updated on February 21, 2020
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Arnab is a hobby cook and food enthusiast who enjoys sharing his recipes and experiences with the world. Arnab focuses on Indian food.

Mixed vegetables with kalonji seeds.
Mixed vegetables with kalonji seeds.

Cooking Inspiration From My Grandma

My Grandma, or Amma as I call her, is one of my biggest inspirations to cook. She is an amazing talent and loves to cook up big family feasts even today at 78 years old. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents and have very fond memories of growing up close to them. I felt privileged to live just more than a mile away from her and to be pampered with all the mouthwatering dishes she cooked for us 7 days a week. She is a masterful artist and can break down and re-create any dish she comes across.

Grandma opening a lotus to offer to Goddess Durga.
Grandma opening a lotus to offer to Goddess Durga. | Source

The Recipe

I visited Amma in October 2015 during the Durga Puja festivals. She carries on an almost 100-year-old tradition of Durga Puja at her traditional home in Baghbazar, which is one of the first parts of the city of Kolkata populated around 1746 by the British. Although very busy during the 10-day festivities and rituals, she agreed to cook two of her unique dishes for me to blog about.

I have to say here, what makes Amma an extra special cook is her ability to cook delicious dishes with just a few ingredients. I have always admired how simple yet amazing her mixed vegetable dish is, but I wished as a child that she didn't add radishes. Lucky for me, the vegetables in this dish can be replaced, but I am going to present it in its original form.

Check out my reference section at the end for more details on Baghbazar, Durga Puja and the other unique things mentioned in this article.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 4–5 people


  • 1/2 pound taro (replace with potato)
  • 1/2 pound radish (replace with cauliflower)
  • 1/2 pound eggplant
  • 2 to 3 green chillies
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kalonji seeds
  • 10 to 15 stems cilantro leaves
  • salt


Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

  1. Dice the vegetables proportionately so they cook at the same time. For this mix of vegetables, they can be about the same size. Soaking cut eggplants in cold water prevents them from browning.
  2. Take 1 1/2 teaspoon of kalonji seeds and 2 green chillis and make a paste with a little bit of water. You can increase or decrease the number of chillis based on your preference. As seen in the photos, Amma prefers a stone mortar and pestle called shil-nora in Bengali.
  3. Boil the taro for about 5 minutes and throw away the water. Let it cool. Peel the skin off. It is important to boil the taro and throw away the water to remove the naturally occurring calcium oxalate crystals in them which can cause throat itch.

Step 2: Cook

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil. Amma uses mustard oil for this recipe. When the oil is smoking, put in 1 teaspoon of kalonji seeds and then the eggplant and radish. Stir for 3 minutes. You can also put in the rest of the green chillies after slitting them in the middle.
  2. Put in the boiled taro and continue to stir for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add the green chilli and kalonji paste and stir a few times and pour in 3 to 4 cups of hot water. Add salt to taste. If you want, you can also add a little bit of sugar. I personally prefer this dish to be completely savory. Cover the pan and let it simmer until the vegetables are cooked.
  4. Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves and serve with rice.

Photo Guide

Some of the vegetables.
Some of the vegetables.
Preparing the taro.
Preparing the taro.
Making a paste with the shil-nora.
Making a paste with the shil-nora.
Cooking the dish.
Cooking the dish.

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4.1 stars from 8 ratings of Mixed Vegetable with Kalonji Seeds
Godess Durga's idol at my Grandma's.
Godess Durga's idol at my Grandma's. | Source
Amma doing her cooking for the day.
Amma doing her cooking for the day. | Source


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