Monday, March 22, 2010

Vaamu Annam (Ajwain Rice)

This is a quick, very simple yet healthy recipe which helps in digestion. Slightly different from the actual vaamu annam which my Mom makes.  As I generally prepare this rice  for my kids, I use only kid-friendly ingredients and try to avoid onion and garlic. I won't add even chillies as vaamu itself has very strong flavour.


Sona Masoori Rice : 1 cup
Vaamu (Ajwain) : 1 1/2 tsp
Frozen green peas : 1/2 cup (can use fresh green peas if available)
Frozen corn : 1/2 cup (can use fresh or canned corn)
Grated carrot : 1 to 2 tbsp
salt : as required
water : 2 1/4 cups
Oil : 1 tbsp

  • Wash rice in a vessel and keep it aside.
  • Wash the frozen green peas and frozen corn in a vessel and keep them aside. 
  • Heat oil in a cooker and add ajwain.
  • After the ajwain turns to dark brown color, add green peas and corn.
  • Cook for one minute. Saute in between.
  • Add water and bring to boil.  Sprinkle salt and add grated carrot and rice.
  • Close the cooker with lid and put the weight after 30 secs.
  • Wait for 3 whistles and turn off the heat.
  • Before serving, mix the rice so that all the ingredients are combined properly. 
  • Can be served with Raita.

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