Basmatic rice cooked with cumin, raisins and cashewnuts


30 min


15 min

My passion for gardening is on the rise for the past few weeks. Since I am facing irregular weather with heavy showers alternating with bright sunshine, I have postponed my plans for outdoor gardening to Apr/May this year. So, I have bought few indoor plants like cactus, jade, devil plant (called money plant in India/South Asia) for the home. Everytime I see these plants on my kitchen bench, I am reminded of grade 3 classes where I learnt about the release of fresh air by the plants. Finally, I have practically applied my class 3 notes on my kitchen (is this called “3 Idiots” movie effect huh??? – applying academics into practice:-)

The indoor plants take in the carbon dioxide and releases oxygen for us. They also brighten the room and they look amazing against the dull walls. We could grow bamboo, bonsai plants, Aloe vera plants, tulsi, to name a few. Many of us are scared of bugs these plants might attract. Luckily, I haven’t personally faced any such problems. But the famous stingy neem oil is enough to get rid of these plants bugs and spiders.

Energy efficient homes and office space prevent the circulation of fresh air. This results in increase in VOC (volatile organic compounds) like benzene and formaldehyde. These are carcinogenic in nature. The experiments conducted by NASA researchers suggests that the usage of living green and flowering plants can improve the air quality and invariably reduces the exposure to VOC. It is recommended that a 6 inch plant per 100 square feet space purifies air better. No wonder that the researchers have rightly re-named these plants as “Biological life support system”. Don’t postpone any further to live a healthy life. Start planning your gardening right away!!!

The post for today is a simple rice delicacy made with the aromatic basmati rice and flavourful shahi jeera. The addition of ghee roasted cashes and raisins makes the dish taste absolutely delectable with spicy Indian curries. The sweetness from the soft raisins and onions balances brilliantly with the crunchy nuts and mild green chillies. This is a quick fix rice dish for parties/family dinners and is sure to impress your guests.
Serves 4-6

3 cups basmati rice
1 large onions – thinly sliced
1/2 tbs – ginger-garlic paste
2-3 green chillies – slit
1 tbs shahi jeera/ black cummin seeds (available in Indian grocery stores)
1/2 cup – raisins
1/2 cup – cashews
4.5 cups water + excess water for soaking

1 tbs oil/ butter/ ghee
Salt to taste


Soak the basmati in bowl filled 3/4th with water for minimum 30minutes. Also soak the raisins in 1cup hot water for 15minutes. Drain water and set them aside.
Heat oil/butter/ghee in a deep cooking pan. Once they are hot (don’t burn the oil), add the shahi jeera, cashews and swollen raisin and cook for 3-5 minutes till the cashews brown a bit. In the following order, add the green chillies, ginger-garlic paste and onions and cook for further 2-3 minutes. Add salt and let the onions soften further.
Now add the soaked rice to the above mixture and give it a gentle mix. Don’t break the rice. Pour 4.5 cups water to the pan and cook covered on a low flame for 12-15 minutes. Turn off the flame and let it rest for minimum 5 minutes.

Serve warm with spicy Indian curries/chips/ pappads.


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  1. yummy delicious rice…nice pictures….wish to have these plants in my home…but couldn't …it is against apartment rules

  2. I always luv jeera rice, but havent tried it myself. With cashews and raisin am sure it wud be yum!!!

  3. Very informative post about plants.. Adding raisins and cashews would have turned the jeera rice more rich and pleasant..

  4. yummy Vijitha:) BTW regarding the indoor plants, u will not get bugs inside cos I used to have lots (almost for 5 years)when we were in San Jose. I haven't seen any bugs…

  5. Your plants are looking nice I love the red cactus flower I think it is very rare to see flowers in this plant.

  6. Rice with raisins and cashews is a favorite to me 🙂 I love house plants, too… I have quite a few!

  7. Is it my first time here or am I just coming after a longggg time?
    Your jeera rice looks perfect, somehow I never end up adding cashews and raisins to mine, though I just love it made this way!

  8. I love this simple and and yummy jeera rice..The plants look so pretty. I am waiting for my toddler to grow up, so that I can have some plants inside the home too 😀
    Thanks for visiting us at Collaborative curry. Hope to see you more often 🙂

  9. My first visit to your blog and am loving every post of yours. you know we share our passion for gardening. you have lovely collection of plants. the rice dish looks awesome. love this kinda one dish meal. hope to see more like this in future.

  10. Nice , excellent click.. i dont make jeera rice ..u tempted me to prepare .. will make it soon..

  11. loved the pics of your plants.. very interesting read too… jeera rice is always our comfort food and very easy to make too

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