Jeera Rice Recipe | Cumin Rice

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Jeera Rice or Cumin Rice is a simple Indian rice dish flavored with cumin seeds. Cumin seeds and select Indian spices sautéed in ghee add a unique flavor to plain rice when cooked together. This rice dish is quite common in North India.

Jeera 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.

This is a very easy recipe that can be made in minutes if you have plain steamed rice. It is a great way to elevate plain rice, specially day old leftover rice.

You can serve Jeera rice 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.

Apart from almost any Indian curry or dal, jeera rice can also be eaten with pickle, yoghurt and some spicy fried pappad. Some people prefer to have to have this rice with a hot spoon of desi ghee.

To make Jeera Rice at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.

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Recipe Info


CategoryMain Course

Cuisine: Indian

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Nutrition (per serving)



Carbohydrates: 24g

Protein: 2g

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
  • 2 Teaspoons Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Coriander Leaves

Step By Step Instructions With Photos for Jeera Rice Recipe

  • Heat 2 teaspoons Oil in a pressure cooker. Add Cumin Seeds and fry them for a few seconds till they start to splutter.

    Jeera Rice Recipe Step By Step Instructions 1
  • Add Bay Leaf (Tej Patta), Green Cardamom (Choti Elaichi), Mace strand (Javitri), Cloves (Laung) and a small stick of Cinnamon (Dalchini).

    Jeera Rice Recipe Step By Step Instructions 2
  • Wash 2 cups Rice thoroughly and add them to the pan.

    Jeera Rice Recipe Step By Step Instructions 3
  • Also add 4 cups of Water and Salt to taste.

    Jeera Rice Recipe Step By Step Instructions 4
  • Pressure cook the rice for 10 minutes. The rice should be cooked but it should not become mushy.

    Jeera Rice Recipe Step By Step Instructions 5
  • Finally add a few chopped coriander leaves and mix well.

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  • 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.

    Jeera Rice Recipe Step By Step Instructions

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Jeera Rice Recipe | Cumin Rice

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