One Pot Turmeric Vegetable Rice



Off late, there is too much floating on the net regarding working mothers vs stay-at-home mothers. When I read some articles, it literally makes my blood boil. Since when have we started questioning mothers at home as to why they are not working? Since when have we started to judge working mothers as to how less they care for their children? With the world changing, our thought process seems to be getting narrower than expanding, without us even realizing it. We judge homemakers (a much better phrase than being called a housewife!)Β as “lazy”, “not ambitious”, “free all the time”, etc. We judge working mothers as “over-ambitious”, “career oriented”, “not bothered about the kids”, etc. Ever since Rasha was born, I moved from a working woman to a working mother. The past ten years has not been easy, whether it is mentally, emotionally or physically. There are times when I have wished I could leave working, but there are so many facets to it that you can’t let go it one fine morning. For some, it is supporting the family, for some it is nourishing their skills. It is heartwarming to see a lot of mothers doing something or the other within the vicinity of their homes, without compromising on the time they give their children. Having a balance becomes imperative every single day. Before we judge others, let us look deep into ourselves and ponder whether we are good enough to be doing it. We can never fit into each others shoes and with Allah’s grace, we all are doing the best as required by time. Let us give peace to each other and help each other find solace in the situation which we are in, InShaAllah… That is called empowerment, that is called feminism…


With my rant over, coming to this delightful pot of rice. During my vegan days, this One Pot Turmeric Vegetable Rice would feature on almost every second Friday. I prefer it over a vegetable pulao (InShaAllah recipe will be posted in future…) due to it’s ease to make and it’s ability to stand on its own. All I used to club it up is with a pickle and you have a comfort meal. Turmeric is now known to be a super spice, capable of even keeping cancer at bay, so this rice uses ample quantity of it to give it the lovely pop of yellow. You can use any vegetable available in your pantry to make this one-pot rice. Off to this simple recipe…




5 from 1 vote

One Pot Turmeric Vegetable Rice

Course Rice
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 cardamom
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 3 green chillies slit
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1 small cauliflower 200 gm, florets removed
  • 1 large potato chopped
  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 cups basmati rice soaked for 30 minutes and drained
  • 3 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas thawed and drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder


  • In a large saucepan, heat oil. Add in the whole spices and let them sizzle.
  • Add in the curry leaves, onion and green chillies and saute till wilted.
  • Add in the vegetables and toss it up well. Sprinkle in the turmeric and chilli powder and mix well.
  • Let the mixture steam on low flame for around five minutes, stir occasionally not avoid sticking to the pan.
  • Add in the drained rice and saute for five minutes till the rice turns crisp and dry.
  • Add in the hot water and peas. Keep on high flame till the mixture boils.
  • Sprinkle in sufficient salt, pepper and the garam masala.
  • Keep on the lowest flame possible and cook on closed lid till the water is absorbed and the rice is well cooked.
  • Switch off and fluff up the rice with a fork. Serve hot with raita, pickle and any side.

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  1. assalaamu alaikum
    By Allah’s grace hope you’re doing well at your end. I’ve always read your blog posts every single day, but never once commented. The recipes are always mouth watering, beside the recipes your opening lines are so very much touching, the lines help you up at times when you feel low. From your writing you seem to be a very down to earth person. May the Almighty keep you going through all times and may HE make your daughters the coolness of your eyes.
    (got to know your blog through Famidha’s blog My Life in Yanbu. Its a great blog too)
    salaam πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Waalaikumussalam warahmatullah… JazakAllah Khair Haya sister for coming by and leaving your lovely comments… words like these make me motivated to keep going on, Alhamdulillah… πŸ™‚ Just trying to be as much humble I can be, this dunya is so fleeting that we can’t afford to be complacent… Aameen ya Rubb… and yes, Fami is a very good friend that blogging has given me… πŸ™‚

  2. hehe are we talking about certain movie star’s wife ‘s talk LOl. As a stay at home mom I get really annoyed when people just seem to assume I just sit at home and twiddle my thumbs. One even had the gall to say that it was a waste of education for me, I mean really, if I didnt have any education how am I to raise kids and teach them anything that schools dont or help with the home work. So I can imagine how your blood boils even though you are are in the working mother category , which I think is more tougher than the stay at home moms, trying to balance everything, when you read articles especially by 22 year olds who probably has a maids doing everything for her even raise the kid LOL! This veg rice looks delicious!

    1. LOL! Nammi! is that the “puppy” comment by her? I just feel this there is a whole lot of social media users whose sole job is armchair judging aka trolling. Gives fodder to the gossip-hungry souls.

      1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

        Everybody has the right to voice out their opinions, but I feel off late we women are becoming our own enemies, refusing to understand the fact that the privilege I have is not necessarily what you have and everybody is trying to do the best they can in their situation… There may be women otherwise but it is best not to cast majority into that minority group. Thanks a lot Nammi and Fami… I could see a lot of frustration in your comments too Nammi especially when people ask about education… What they don’t realise is ilm is sunnah, irrespective of whether you work or not and it gets utilized some or the other way…

  3. Nice.. I like one pot meals. So satisfying

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Shobhaji…

  4. Very fluffy and delicious! I love all the spices.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  5. I love such easy Pulao! It is so much closer to veg pulao already! πŸ˜› anything that can keep me away from making curries! πŸ˜€

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Yes, quite close but not yet! πŸ˜› Thank you so much Fami… but I will still need to make a non-veg roast for this… hehe… πŸ˜€

  6. Biny Anoop says:

    5 stars
    Hello Rafi…i have tried this before and loved it…the only flvour is the whole spices used….so simple yet tasty….

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Biny… sometimes simple is best…

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