Ajwaini Tadka pulav

Some of the strong flavors are coming together in this recipe. As the title says, the basic seasoning or the tadka for this pulav is ajwain or the carom seeds,and nothing else!

Typically, the tadka consists of cumin seeds, Hing(asafoetida) turmeric and such. But here, in this recipe I have not added anything except a teaspoon of Ajwain. I could not believe the dens flavor of ajwain once the dish was done.

Now, this dish may not be for all. because, I know, many people hate Ajwain. But for those who Love them, like me, you are in for a treat.

I love ajwain in many cases, like parathas, masala buttermilk, pakodas etc. So here is another dish with Ajwain.

Along with Ajwain, the pulav also have other usual strong flavors of ginger-garlic paste and  garam masala.

What we need:
2 cups of cooked Basmati rice

1 cup of mixed vegetables

1 tomato sliced

1 onion sliced

3 tbsp oil

1 tsp ajwain

1 tsp garam masala

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 tsp red chilli powder


Ajwain seeds


In a pan heat oil and add the Ajwain

once ajwain crackles, add the onions, tomatoes and mixed vegetables. Add Ginger garlic paste and saute for few minutes until the raw flavor is gone and then add salt

next add the spices and fry until the oil separates

turn off the flame.

Add the cooked rice to the vegetables and mix well. adjust salt.

Jolly Cauli :)


A simple cauliflower masala make you fall in love all over again, with cauliflower of course 🙂

What we need:

1 small head of cauliflower florets

2 tomatoes, ripe and juicy, cut into cubes

1 onion finely chopped

Spices: turmeric, ginger garlic paste, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp Rajwadi garam masala( badshah brand), 1 tsp of Tawa fry masala( badshah brand), 1 tsp chilli powder, aamchur(dry mango powder- Optional)

2 tbsp oil

Cilantro, finely chopped to garnish.



1.Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan. Once hot. add turmeric and cumin. when it splutters add onions and saute till translucent.

2. Now add the ginger garlic paste and fry for few minutes

3. add the cauliflower florets and mix in. Sprinkle some water and cover the pan with a lid. Let the cauliflower cook until “aldente”

4. Now its time to add the tomatoes. Add the tomatoes and stir fry for few minutes until tomatoes become soft and blend with the cauliflower.

5. Add the spices one by one. Chilli powder, garam masala, tawa fry masala, Aamchur( dry mango powder) and salt. Fry for few more minutes. turn off heat

6. Garnish with cilantro


Enjoy with rotis or rice!