Jeera Rice


If there is one rice dish that is as simple as steamed rice, it is this: Jeera rice or steamed rice flavoured with cumin seeds. There is not a single curry or dal I can think of that doesn’t go with jeera rice. So simple to make and takes just 20 minutes, this versatile dish is a sure keeper.

Jeera rice is a part of most of my thalis, mini thalis, and everyday food.  I make it so often, I am surprised I didn’t have this recipe on my blog 🙁

There are two ways of making jeera rice, first method: prepare the cumin tempering and add cooked/leftover rice, and the second method: prepare the cumin tempering, add rice and cook it all together. Both ways tastes great but I prefer the second one. I also add a handful of green peas which makes it more delicious.

Have it with a side dish of your choice and it will surely be a comforting, satisfying meal.

 

 

Ingredients:

Basmati rice – 2 cups
Cumin seeds (jeera) – 2 tsp
Ghee – 2 tbsp
Bay leaf – 1-2
Cinnamon stick – 1 small
Peas – ¼ cup (optional)
Salt to taste
Water – 3 ½ cups

Method:

  1. Wash the basmati rice thoroughly and drain off all the water
  2. Heat a thick bottom pan and add ghee. Add bay leaf, cinnamon, and cumin seeds
  3. Once the cumin seeds splutter, add the rice and mix well
  4. Add salt and peas
  5. Add water and bring it to boil
  6. Cover and cook until the rice is done and the water is completely absorbed (approximately 18-20 minutes)
  7. Turn off the heat and gently mix everything well
  8. Serve hot with curry of your choice

 

Heat a thick bottom pan and add ghee. Add bay leaf, cinnamon, and cumin seeds

Heat a thick bottom pan and add ghee. Add bay leaf, cinnamon, and cumin seeds

 

Once the cumin seeds splutter, add the rice and mix well

Once the cumin seeds splutter, add the rice and mix well

 

Add salt and peas

Add salt and peas

 

Add water and bring it to boil

Add water and bring it to boil

 

Cover and cook until the rice is done and the water is completely absorbed (approximately 18-20 minutes)

Cover and cook until the rice is done and the water is completely absorbed (approximately 18-20 minutes)

 

Turn off the heat and gently mix everything well

Turn off the heat and gently mix everything well

 

Jeera rice ready to be served

Jeera rice ready to be served

 

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