Jeera Rice

Jeera rice is a very easy and mild flavored rice prepared with Basmati rice, cumin seeds and ghee. It goes well with almost all Indian vegetarian and non vegetarian curries.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4 to 5 servings


  1. Basmati rice: 1 cup
  2. Ghee/oil: 1 tablespoon
  3. Cumin seeds: 1 tablespoon
  4. Whole spices:  1/2  inch cinnamon,2 cloves, 1 cardamom, 5 black pepper,1 bay leaf
  5. Shah jeera/ black cumin: 1/2 teaspoon
  6. Onion: 1 medium (sliced)
  7. Green chilli: 2 medium sized (slit)
  8. Curry leaves: 4 to 5
  9. Salt: 1 teaspoonIMG_4880


  1. Wash rice and soak in 2 cups of water and keep ready.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of ghee or oil in a pan.
  3. Add cumin seeds,whole spices and shah jeera. Allow cumin to crackle.IMG_4884
  4. Add sliced onion,green chilli,curry leaves and fry for a minute till onion are little brown.IMG_4887
  5. Add soaked rice along with water and add salt.IMG_4892
  6. Bring to a boil and allow to cook on high flame for 5 minutes stirring in between gently.IMG_4894
  7. Cover the pan and allow to cook on slow flame for about  10 to 12  minutes till rice is cooked.IMG_4895
  8. Switch off the flame wait for 5 minutes before serving.
  9. Serve jeera rice along with any curry.IMG_4899


If you want you can also add some cashew nuts and  ½ teaspoon ginger garlic paste.




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