Jeera Rice/ Cumin flavored Rice

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I hope you all have had a very nice weekend with Diwali and Kali Puja to mark the end of Hindu festivities for this year. I am very sorry for my unannounced break from the blog. I just came down to Bangalore for a couple of days and had been busy since, working and partying.

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The festival season has gone past but still the feel has not passed away. There are still sounds of crackers coming from here and there, and even at odd hours, 6 in the morning or 12 midnight. When it’s the time of festivities, eating out almost all nights, attending parties, visiting friends and relatives, having the oily and spicy food are all synonymous. So the last week ended with spice intake that should have lasted a month. I was almost craving for some non-spicy, less oily food for lunch. Yesterday I was all alone at home in the afternoon, and was very lazy to cook. There was left over rice from the other night and so thought of adding little cumin to it. The jeera rice (my version) was just the thing that I was looking for after a whole week of spices and oils. I had it with a hard-boiled egg.


A little search on the web showed that zeera or cumin flavored rice is originally from North India, I am not sure though about the exact period from when it became popular. Any suggestions or information as comments regarding its history is highly welcome. Though I had prepared the jeera rice with left over rice, you can make it with freshly cooked rice also.

Preparation time; 3min
Cooking time: 20 + 5min
Serves: 1


Cooked rice (Bhaat): 1 cup
Cumin (Jeera/ Zeera): 1 tablespoon
Onion (Peyaj): 1 medium size, diced into small pieces
Sugar (Chini): ½ teaspoon
Curry leaves (Kari pata): 4/5
Green chilies (Kancha Lanka): 2, cut into small rings
Clarified butter (ghee): 1 tablespoon
The ingredients


  • Heat the ghee in a wok, throw in the curry leaves, cumin seeds
  • As the cumin start popping add the diced onions and sauté
  • Let the onions turn soft before adding the rice
  • Add the chilies and sugar
  • Toss for sometime till the ghee is well mixed with the rice
  • Serve hot any side dish of choice or even some raita and green salad.

Jeera Rice

Hot Tips – If you are using fresh rice to prepare this, then you can also do it this way. Do same till the sautéing the onions, put in the soaked rice (uncooked) and add just the double amount of water and let the rice get cooked.

Further Reading – Jeera Rice from Arundhati, Cumin Pilaf

Sending this recipe to a dear friend’s (Radhika) first blog anniversary celebration with the Cook For Yourself event.


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Harvest: The Festival of Rice: Roundup Part II

With many types of rice, it really took me long to come up with the round-up. I would like to thank Hema and Easy to Cook for sending so many recipes for the event. Please let me know if I have missed out any of your recipes. You can see the first part of roundup for this event here.  SGD of  Whims and Wishes also wrote some words about this Harvest festival, and she was very kind to share her thoughts with us.


  1. Bajji’s Platter from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  2. Bisi Bela Bhaat from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  3. Bisibelabath from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  4. Black-eyed peas pulao from Asha of Aroma Hope
  5. Brinjal Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  6. Capsicum Rice from Shama  of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  7. Carrot Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  8. Cauliflower Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  9. Chenna Pulao from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  10. Chicken biriyani from Shama of Easy to Cook Recipes
  11. Chilli-Tangerine rice from Anushreeram of Chandrabhaga
  12. Cilantro Rice from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  13. Cocnut Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  14. Coconut Milk Vegetable Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  15. Dil se pulao from Sindhura of Bay Leaf
  16. Doodh Puli Peethe from Sunanda of Sunanda’s Kitchen
  17. Garlic Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  18. Healthy Geen Rice/ Pudina Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  19. Iyengar’s Poliodharai from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  20. Keshari Bhaat (Sweet Saffron Rice) from Sanika of  Sanika’s Spicy&Tangy….Sweet&Yummy!!!!
  21. Khasta Kachori from Naveeta of Zaayeka
  22. Kondakadalai Sadam/ Red Chana Dal Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  23. Lemon Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook  Recipes
  24. Lemony Lemon – A Tangy Tasty Masala Bath from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  25. Medhu Pakora from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  26. Mint Magic (Pudina pulao) from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  27. Mishti Pulao from Aundhuti of Gourmet Affair
  28. Mor Koozh from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  29. Multiprotein Rice from Shama of Easy to Cook  Recipes
  30. Mushroom Pulao from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  31. Paruppu Keerai Dosai from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  32. Pasta Pulao from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  33. Patishapta from SGD of  Whims and Wishes
  34. Peanut Cup Rice from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  35. Poha from EC of  Easy Crafts
  36. Prawn/Shrimp Pulao of Homecooked
  37. Puliyothaai/ Tamarind Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  38. Puttu~Steamed Rice Cakes from Poornima of Tasty Treats
  39. Rice Ball Kheer from Sanika of Sanika’s Spicy&Tangy….Sweet&Yummy!!!!
  40. Rice Uppma from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  41. Sharkara Payasam from Poornima of Tasty Treats
  42. Shazani biryani from Sindhura of Bay Leaf
  43. Spongy Dosa with yum yum coconut from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  44. Tomato rice from Sindhura of Bay Leaf
  45. Vegetable Bonda from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  46. Vegetable Pulao from Poornima of  Tasty Treats
  47. Vegetable Rice from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  48. Venpongal from Shama of Easy to Cook Recipes
  49. Wholesome Moong kichadi from EC of Easy Crafts

With so many recipes, it’s really hard to choose which one is the best. But still, it’s on you to select the best. So go ahead and choose your best recipe and write it down as a comment for this post.

Will be back with some new recipes soon, till then Happy Cooking and Happy Eating.


Announcing event – Harvest: The Festival of Rice

Each day of the year flies off so fast that its hard to believe that we have crossed 365 days and even more on leap years between to New Year celebrations. The winter sets in with loads of happiness. Christmas and New Year rings the bells for enjoyment and merriment. It is the time of harvest in India. US celebrate it as Thanks Giving, but that is couple of months before hat in India. In India the harvesting festival is celebrated with much glory. It is called by different names in all over India – Nabanno, Makar Shankranti, Pongal are just a few to mention.

While most of the Hindu festivals are followed according to the lunar calendar, the Sankranti festival is celebrated in accordance with the solar calendar, and so the date never changes from the English date of 14th January. It is the day when the Hindus believe that the Sun god begins ascending to the Northern Hemisphere.

The Puranas say that this is the day when the Sun-God visits the house of his son Shani, though the son and father do not get along nicely. So this is day has an important significance of father son relationship.

It is also said that this the day when Lord Vishnu ended the terrorism of the Asuras and buried their heads under the Mandar Parvat. So this day also stands for the end of evil and begins an era of righteousness.

In Uttar Pradesh this day is called “Khichdi”. Taking a dip in the Ganges is thought to be auspicious on this day. The Magh Mela is celebrated during this time of the year in Prayag, better known as Allahabad.

In Maharashtra and Gujarat it is celebrated as Sankranti. Sweets made of sesame seeds and jaggery are distributed among families. Married women are invited to their relatives’ houses and are offered utensils. Especially in Gujarat kite flying is a marked for this day.

Lahari is celebrated in Punjab where families gather around a bonfire and throw in sweets, sugarcane and rice. The next day of Lahari is Maghi. This day is marked with the famous Bhangra dance in Punjab.

Bihu festival of Assam is celebrated on this very day.

Bengal sees a huge swarming of devotees from all over India and also abroad to take a holy dip at Sagar Islands, where the Ganges meets the Bay of Bengal.

Andhra Pradesh celebrates it as a four day festival. The Telugus call it the Pedda Panduga, naming each day as Bhogi, Sankranti, Kanuma and Mukkanuma respectively.

As mentioned above, almost every state of India has its own way of celebrating this festival. It is the day of celebration and bringing home the newly cut harvest from the fields.

Every year my mom prepares different kinds of sweets all made of rice or rice flour. So this time I thought of celebrating it in my way, with you all.

Prepare anything where the main ingredient is either rice or rice flour. The preparation can be vegan or non-vegitarian, depending upon your choice. You can also take some idea from the following recipes.

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Send in your entries to with the Subject as “Harvest: The Festival of Rice”, with the following details.

  • NAME:
  • Attach a picture of the preparation in jpeg, jpg

The last day for receiving all entries is 31st January 2009. No late entries will be entertained. I’ll post the round up on 2nd February.


Feel free to use the event logo, and put a link on your blog for this event. If you want to send any old posts then please update it with the event logo and a link back to this announcement.

Those of you who don’t have a blog, send in your recipe along with a photo of the dish to the above mentioned e-mail id.

It would be nice of you if you can also add your memories related to this time of the year, also post photos if you have decorated your house for the event.

There is no limit to the number of entries you can send, so put on your aprons and start preparing.Happy Cooking and Happy Eating.

Week Night Dinner

Monday nights are always the lousiest nights of all the weekdays. After a lazy-dizzy weekend, I’m always reluctant to get into the kitchen after a whole day’s work. Anyways, nothing to do I have to get going and prepare something. So, whatever it be, the preparation shouldn’t take much time, but should be wholesome and of course good to taste.

Now, I started cutting down my options and ended up with jeera-rice, mugh dal and potato fry. This seemed to be a good option with less work to do, and I’ll get back a good output. The recipe for Monday night’s platter is here for you.

Serves 2


Rice (Chal): 200gms

Pulses (Mugh dal): 50gms

Potato (Aalu): 4 medium sizes

Green chili (Kacha Lanka): 1 or 2

Turmeric powder (Halud guro): 1 ½ teaspoons

Cumin (Jeera): 2 teaspoons

Ghee: ½ teaspoon

Sunflower oil (Saada Tel): 2 tablespoons

Mustard Oil (Sarser Tel): ½ tablespoons

Ginger (Aada): 1” size

Salt to t


For making Jeera rice

  • Boil the rice, and let it cook properly.
  • Drain the excess water out of it.
  • Heat ghee in a wok, as it gets heated add 1 teaspoon of cumin to it.
  • Thrown in the cooked rice and toss for ½ a minute.
  • Keep aside.

For making the Dal

  • Boil the pulses in plain water until it softens.
  • Grind the ginger to make a paste.
  • As the dal gets cooked, add turmeric powder, chili, salt and ginger.
  • Heat mustard oil in a frying pan; add the cumin as the oil gets heated.
  • Drop in the cooked pulses in it.
  • Cook for a minute more.
  • Keep aside.

For making the potato fry

Potatoes cut to fry

Potatoes cut to fry

  • Chop the potatoes to 1 inch size slender pieces.
  • Add turmeric powder and salt to it.
  • Heat the sunflower oil in a frying pan.
  • Throw in the potatoes and fry.
Week night dinner ready to serve

Week night dinner ready to serve

Veg Mini Thali

Veg Mini Thali

You can prepare any other type of pulses of your choice. Serve the hot rice, potato fry and dal; and enjoy your week night dinner. Catch you soon, till then happy cooking and happy eating.

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