Nigella-Spiced Coconut Rice – You’ll Want Seconds!

Nigella-Spiced Coconut Rice – You’ll Want Seconds!


Nigella Seed Coconut Rice Recipe. Nigella seed (black cumin or black seed) is one of the prime seeds of the East. Scholars, scribes and research scientists have hailed it as a potential ‘cure-all’.  We know that black cumin supports our immune system, is heart-protective, calms asthma and allergies and research suggests it can help with pain and inflammation, stomach and digestive disorders, multiple sclerosis and various skin conditions.

Nigella seed is a go-to in my kitchen and I guarantee this rice dish will see you back at the pot for seconds. And thirds! Why? Well, just check out the ingredients… all delicious and healthful in their own right:

  • Coconut oil – is highly stable saturated fat (this is good) and can be used everywhere in the kitchen. A prized component is lauric acid – a valuable aid in helping your immune system battle disease. As healthy fat, coconut oil slows down the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream from the rice is high in easily digested short and medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), so goes straight to your liver to give it a metabolic boost -helping those with diabetes or gallbladder problems.
  • Nigella seed Nigella sativa is variously known as black seed, black cumin, black caraway is used as a spice in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines. The black seeds taste like a combination of onions, black pepper and oregano and are used in flavouring curries, vegetables and pulses and often in naan bread.

And for even more colour, flavour and nutrition …

  • Turmeric – Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric is legendary – anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, detoxifying and much more!

Get ready for second helpings – you have been warned!

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Nigella-Spiced Coconut Rice
This is a really cool way to cook rice - deliciously different and very nutritious, thanks to help from the broth and the coconut oil! The Nigella seeds lend a distinctive (oniony flavour) and offer their own health benefits. You could use either chicken or beef stock/broth, depending on what you're serving it with. Add in extras (see below) and this dish will be equally good cold!
  1. Bring the stock/broth to the boil, add the turmeric (if using) and season it well with sea salt and ground black pepper. Have the freshly boiled water to hand.
  2. Melt the coconut oil over a medium heat, in a wide, shallow, lidded frypan (or similar). Add the well-drained rice and Nigella seeds, turning the rice grains over gently to coat them evenly.
  3. Add 300mls of the hot stock/broth to the rice and cover with a lid. Cook over a medium heat for 5-6 mins. Check to make sure the pan isn't running dry. Add more hot stock and freshly boiled water (a little at a time) as necessary. The aim is to avoid disturbing the rice too much, but to allow the liquid to absorb into the grain.
  4. Stop cooking as soon as the rice still has quite a bit of 'bite' (i.e. is still al dente). Turn off the heat, cover and let sit for 5-10 mins without disturbing it, to let the steam absorb fully. This will give fluffy rice with separate grains.
  5. Serve immediately. Then go back for more!
Recipe Notes

Other things to add:

Chopped herbs, cooked veggies, cooked meats, cooked fish and seafood.

If you’re adding other ingredients, do it at Step 4, keeping the pan over a low heat and incorporating the ingredients into the rice carefully.  When using previously cooked meat, fish or seafood make sure it’s thoroughly reheated to a safe temperature, beforehand.

This dish is equally good hot or cold.

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Izabella Natrins

I'm here to inspire and support women at midlife and beyond to re-ignite purpose and meaning to take back control of their health and create the radical, resilient heath they want and deserve. As a whole-health expert with over 30 years experience in the field, a qualified Health and Wellness Coach and Ballymaloe-trained nutritional chef, my real food nutrition and lifestyle medicine programmes support women fighting fatigue, struggling with overwhelm, weight gain, sleep, energy and niggling or multiple diagnosed health issues. As an advocate for real food nutrition, regenerative agriculture and whole-health, my book 'The Real Food Solution' is an evidence-based treasury wisdom for energy, vitality and better health for people and planet and a call to action to change the way we grown, source and cook our food. As the CEO at The UK Health Coaches Association, I'm proud to continue the task of leading the first professional association for Health and Wellness Coaches in the world and the gold standard for the UK and Ireland.

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4 Responses

  1. Jo Merrett says:

    Sounds delicious – I’ll be saving this for a special night when I indulge!

  2. I don’t currently eat rice but no reason why I couldn’t substitute cauliflower rice for the basmati rice? Interesting combinations here. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Mark says:

    I don’t eat a whole lot of rice but I do enjoy it from time to time, would love to give this a go! Thanks Izabella!

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