BM #99 Day 15 - 

This is a good stomach cleansing rice dish. Our elders have always turned to Omam/Vaamu/Ajwain for any digestive disorders in our growing up years. So I am actually not surprised to see it being added in a rice dish.

When I first saw this recipe on a TV show, I felt it was just a glorified version of the humble lemon rice. But since I had no other brain wave to go with the letter O, I decided it give this one a chance. 

Oh Boy! I was so wrong in my assumption. With the addition of Ajwain, the rice just got a huge lift in flavor so much so that my lemon rice loving husband said that I should henceforth always add ajwain to the lemon rice !

This rice is a flavorful addition to the dining table or lunch boxes.

Recipe Source TV show
Ingredients - 

Rice, 1 1/2 cups (Any short grained rice will do)
Salt, Turmeric as needed
Garlic, grated 1 tsp
Ajwain / Vaamu / Omam 1 tsp or more
Lime/Lemon Juice 2 tsp
Green Chilies sliced 2-3 (Optional)
Seasoning (Ghee/Oil 2 Tbsp, Peanuts handful, Mustard seeds 1 tsp, Chana Dal 2 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Asafotida a pinch, Red Chilies 2-3 broken, Curry leaves few)

Method Of Preparation -

Cook the rice and spread in a wide platter to let it cool down a little. 

Meanwhile in a heated pan, add ghee/oil and add the seasoning ingredients. 

After the dals are brown and the mustard seeds have crackled, add the turmeric, ajwain and garlic. Mix well.

Add salt and the cooked rice.

Mix well and remove from heat. Squeeze the lime juice and mix well. Set aside for a few minutes for the flavors to blend in.

Serve it with Raitha and/or buttermilk.


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Preparation Time 25 minutes
Serves 3-4


  1. sushma Says:
  2. Yummy, this reminds me I haven’t made this dish for a while. Ajwain rice looks too good. Amazing dish with great flavors of ajwain.

  3. Suma Gandlur Says:
  4. Wow, you are dishing out one after another simple and quick fix meals. Ajwain improves digestion, and also makes the rice more flavorful.

  5. Kalyani Says:
  6. we love lemon rice and we love ajwain as a spice / flavour. am sure the duo come together in another flavour packed dish, Harini ! good one...

  7. Really a healthy rice... I have tried making rasam and pakora..will try this rice sometime..

  8. That is an unique addition to the lemon rice. Ajwain is super flavourful and I am sure it takes the lemon rice to another level.

  9. Srivalli Says:
  10. This is surely a fantastic find Harini. I love the vammu aroma and I am sure the rice was so flavoursome. Great choice. O is a tough letter to crack.

  11. Srividhya Says:
  12. O is quite difficult alphabet and this omam flavored rice is a great pick. I am going to try it for sure. I make omam kuzhambu and omam rasam and this one is really awesome.

  13. cookwithrenu Says:
  14. You are very correct. Ajwain adds a lot of flavour and is very helpful in treating digestion problems as well as for cough and cold. The rice looks flavourful.

  15. Swati Says:
  16. Ajwain is good for digestion and also has a nice flavour.. Lemon rice with ajwain sounds so flavourful!!

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