Namkin chawal

Posted: June 21, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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Namkin Chawal 

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Here this weekend we had a nice weather to enjoy outside and we really had wonderful time with our friends visiting us. We went to casino and need less to say we enjoyed more even after losing money. Anyways coming back to the post which is a simple rice dish . 

Who does not love one pot meal, it’s the easiest and quickest thing to fix in jiffy without compromising the taste. Usually I use what all veggies I have in the fridge for this. I make this on any busy weekend for the lunch and serve with yogurt and some onion salad. It is the best comfort food any time. My mom use to give this for lunch to school whenever we said that we are tired of having rotis. So, she will make this and pack our lunch boxes with some pickle. So, here goes the recipe for the same: 

Namakin Chawal

Namakin Chawal


  • 1  cups basmati rice
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 inch grated ginger
  • 1 small tomatoes, cut in cubes
  • 1/4 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas
  • 1 medium-sized carrot, cut in small cubes
  • 1 cup soya chunks/Nutrela
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt to taste


  • Put rice in a bowl and wash rice for 2-3 times or until the water runs clear. Soak the same for 5-10 minutes.
  • Heat oil in pressure cooker, add cumin seeds and let it get brown.
  • Add garlic, ginger followed by onions and cook until cook are brown.
  • Add cubed tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and salt to taste. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add cauliflower florets, carrots, peas and soya chunks(Nutrela) and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Add washed basmati rice to the masala with 1 1/2 cups of water, cover the lid and cook for 1 whistle.
  • Let the cooker cool down and then open the lid and serve.
  1. Alison says:

    Being a novice at cooking Indian food I cooked this to accompany a Kashmiri lamb dish to share with friends and just LOVED it. Simple to prepare and simply delicious.

  2. Disha Yadav says:

    how easy I am board this weekend so I thought that i have to cook some nice and easy thing 😀

  3. Sridevi says:

    Vegetable masala rice looks delicious and yummy. very nice.

  4. Simply Life says:

    oh that looks so good!

  5. uma says:

    adding soya chunks is nice.. perfect rice for lazy weekends!

  6. Juliana says:

    Wow, this is a very nice rice dish…love the veggies in it and the spices as well …nice color!

  7. Panchpakwan says:

    Looks delicious rice..I too make in same way but must try adding soya chunks…its healthy too.

  8. I lov your method! I need to remember to do as you do and fry the seeds first in oil to release the flavor! that rice must be so fragrant by the time you are done with it!

  9. Deepa says:

    We too had great time with our friends this Sat. One pot meals are really time savers and delicious too. Thanks for sharing this recipe dear

  10. Neha says:

    nice one…good for tiffin boxes for kids

  11. Rachana says:

    Such a flavourful and delicious rice 🙂 I would love to have this with some raita 🙂

  12. Priya says:

    Yummylicious vegetable rice, looks super tempting and delicious..

  13. sayantani says:

    seriously who doesnt love one pot a big fan of that and so bookmarking this scrumptious recipe for further use. thanks a ton dear.

  14. Nice & spicy rice…loved that you add soya chunks too..

  15. Tes says:

    I love spices flavoured rice. The recipe sounds simple and easy. I would love this hot and yogurt chutney. Thanks for the recipe.

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