Monday, November 26, 2007

Ajwain Vegetable Rice

Ajwain seeds / carom seeds or bishop's weeds is used as a spice in Indian household. This was not a spice that was common in my household, but gradually i came to know about ajwain and it's medicinal properties. Now i use a little of this while making paratha's and enjoy it's distinctive taste. While enquiring to a friend, about a home remedy for indigestion, i got to know about this rice preparation with ajwain. Immediately i made this rice and it turned out tasty. The rice can be prepared with just the seasoning. With additional vegetables it makes it all the more better.


4 cups - Cooked rice
Salt to taste


Little of grated carrot
Little of chopped capsicum
Little of cooked peas


1/2 tsp - Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp - Jeera
1/2 tsp - Urad dal
1 tsp - Chana dal
1 tbsp - Ajwain seeds
2 to 3 pinches - Turmeric powder
2 - Dry whole red chili, split into two
2 sprigs - Curry leaves
Use only ghee


1 ) Keep cooked rice ready. In a pan heat ghee, add mustard and pop it, then add urad dal, chana dal, jeera, dry red chili, curry leaves, turmeric powder, ajwain and fry for a minute. Then add the vegetables and fry till the carrot and capsicum is cooked a bit on low heat.
2 ) Add salt to taste, then the cooked rice. Turn the stove off. Mix all the ingredients well.

Serve hot with raita and pappad.

Home remedies with ajwain can be read here


easycrafts said...

Never heard of ajwain rice...i recently posted ajwain paratha...urs is a nice recipe

Nags said...

i saw ajwain paratha in another blog recently. still in the dark about what exactly it is!

maninas said...

I love ajwain, too! I add little to pakoras, and I recently made a lovely Bihari aloo that contained ajwain.

Love the recipe + photos!

And thanks for visiting my blog!

Padmaja said...

Pravs!! that looks so delicious
This recipe looks so fresh n simple, would love to give it a try!! and BTW I love the way you put your mark on those photos!!!

VegeYum @ A Life (Time) of Cooking said...

I love urad dal fried like this. And i have ajwain but don't use it as much as I should. I am going to try this rice soon.

Lovely photos, I really enjoyed them.


I like the flavour of ajwain..Ajwain rice looks colourful!!I too recently posted a recipe with ajwain;D

Asha said...

BEAUTIFUL dish, great color.Just looking at it makes me hungry!:)

Latha Narasimhan said...

Nice pictures! :) Rice looks delicious! :)

Richa said...

love that ajwain flavor in my dishes, looks d-lish! and yes, ghee makes all the difference ;)

Seema said...

Pravs , beautiful presentation buddy. Loved the colors. Mouthwatering and simple dish.

Shivapriya said...

We make plain ajwain rice. veggies have added a nice crunch and colour to the rice.

Pravs said...

Easycrafts :Just recently i came to know about this prepartion. It's worth trying, since you already are using it in paratha's.

Nags : This spice is not so common in kerala...mostly seen in punjabi food, that is to my knowledge.

Maninas : Yeah, its great in the taste when put in pakoda. Thanks for visiting my blog too :D

Padmaja : Thanks :D.This is delicious.. i was not sure how it will taste when making this rice...but was taken aback with the taste.

Vegeyum : Sure do try..fried urad dal, chana dal is crunchy when eating this rice, plus adds some flavor too.

Raks : I will check your post with ajwain. Do try this recipe.

Asha : thanks :D It's so simple to should give this a try.

Latha : thanks :D

Richa : yep.. ghee is the major factor for this rice. Other oils will not give the same result as ghee will for this preparation.

Seema : thanks buddy :D

Shivapriya : Yes, with veggies it becomes a whole meal :)

Mansi Desai said...

wow, that looks and smells inviting! would go well with my paneer-ajwain paratha:)

sagari said...

ajwain in rice thats a new idea pic looks sooooo beautiful

Jyothi said...

Wow! looks yum and delicious. Never heard about this recipe. Colorful and might be very tasty too. Thanks for sharing.

Lakshmi said...

Looks very colorful, ajwain must have added good flavor to rice.

Vcuisine said...

It's different Pravs. Looks interesting. Viji

Anu said...

Hi..Very nice pic..I use ajwain but mostly in parathas..Should try this :)

Kribha said...

I don't use ajwain in my cooking but I have tasted it in my friend's house and also heard that it's good for health. Rice dish looks delicious. Simple yet satisfying. Love the way you imposs your logo on your food platter.

Prema Sundar said...

As u said ajwain has many health benefits. I have had ajwain parathas... with rice is new to me. thanks for the recipe.

Siri said...

I love the taste of ajwain, so this rice is my kinda one! will find some ajwain now, it had been a long time that I had some..thanks for reminding Pravs!

~ Siri

Shella said...

Ajwain is definitely very good for the stomach. 1/4 tspn of ajwain had with a pinch of asofetida powder relieves indigestion immediately. Its difficult to push down your throat, but then it does wonders.