Jeera Rice or Cumin Rice is a simple Indian rice dish flavoured with cumin seeds. Cumin seeds and select Indian spices sautéed in ghee add a unique flavour to plain rice when cooked together. This rice dish is quite common in North India.
Jeera rice is generally garnished with finely chopped fresh coriander leaves. In restaurants it may also be garnished with thinly sliced caramelized onions. This rice goes very well with most of the Indian Gravies, Dal and Subzis that are also commonly served with rotis. Some people prefer to have to have this rice with a hot spoon of desi ghee.
Jeera Rice or Cumin Rice makes a delicious and aromatic side dish which can be served with any meal to make it more interesting. It is comfort food that gives you a feeling of fullness after a meal. Apart from almost any Indian curry or dal, jeera rice can also be eaten with pickle, yoghurt and some spicy fried pappad.
To make Jeera Rice at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.
Category: Main Course
Ingredients For Jeera Rice Recipe
- 2 Cups Rice
- 2 Teaspoons Cumin Seeds
- 1 Bay Leaf (Tej Patta)
- 3 Cloves (Laung)
- 2 Green Cardamoms (Choti Elaichi)
- 1 Strand of Mace (Javitri)
- ~1 Inch Stich of Cinnamon (Dalchini)
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 4 Cups Water
- 1 Tablespoon Oil
- 1/2 Cup Coriander Leaves
Step By Step Instructions With Photos for Jeera Rice Recipe
Heat 1 tablespoon Oil in a pressure cooker. Add Cumin Seeds and fry them for a few seconds till they start to splutter.
Add Bay Leaf (Tej Patta), Green Cardamom (Choti Elaichi), Mace strand (Javitri), Cloves (Laung) and a small stick of Cinnamon (Dalchini).
Wash 2 cups Rice thoroughly and add them to the pan along with 4 cups of Water and Salt.
Pressure cook the rice for 10 minutes. The rice should be cooked but it should not become mushy. Add a few chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
Jeera Rice is ready. You can garnish the rice with caramelized or deep fried onion slices and serve it with any Indian Gravy or Dal.