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jeera rice

jeera rice is basically rice flavored with cumin and lightly spiced with whole garam masala. 

i wonder why i did not post the simple & humble jeera rice recipe till now. whenever i make dal tadka or dal fry….. and when i want to add some more perk in the menu, then i make jeera rice. along with dal tadka,

jeera rice also goes very well with some north indian curries & dals like punjabi dum aloomethi mushroommah ki dalpunjabi kadhi pakorapanchmel dal and gujarati kadhi.

there are two methods of making the jeera rice or cumin rice:

1: one is too temper the spices and then add to cooked rice. this technique is mostly used in restaurants. i have posted this method in this jeera rice recipe.
2: the second method is where the whole spices are fried first and the rice is cooked along with the spices. this method is similar to that making of pilaf/pulao.

i prefer the second method as the rice imbibes the flavor of jeera/cumin and the whole garam masala really well. as a variation some onions can also be added while making the jeera rice.

one spice which i never miss adding in jeera rice is mace (javitri). mace gives a unique flavor and fragrance to the jeera rice. so make sure to add this spice.

mace or javitri for jeera rice

since mace can become quite strong in any dish, add very less quantities. just one or two strands/threads are enough for two cups of rice.

this jeera rice tastes very much similar to the jeera rice we get in the punjabi dhabas minus the reddish orange and yellow color. if you want some color, then add saffron or turmeric. better to use natural coloring ingredients than artificial coloring agents.

jeera rice recipe

in the pic above, the jeera rice is served with south indian mushroom peas curry.

if you are looking for more rice recipes then do check veg fried rice, saffron rice, lemon rice, veg dum biryani, carrot rice and veg pulao in pressure cooker.

cumin rice or jeera rice recipe below:

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jeera rice recipe
jeera rice - a simple and aromatic pilaf flavored with cumin and whole spices.
CUISINE: indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 1.5 cups basmati rice
  • 2 tsp cumin/jeera
  • 1 inch cinnamon/dalchini
  • 1 black cardamom/badi elaichi
  • 2 green cardamom/choti elaichi
  • 1 bay leaf/tej patta
  • 2-3 cloves/laung
  • 5-6 black peppercorns/kalimirch
  • 1 or 2 threads of mace/javitri
  • 2-3 petals of star anise/badian (optional)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
  • some coriander leaves for garnishing (optional)
  • salt as required
  1. soak the basmati rice in water for 30-40 minutes.
  2. drain the rice and keep aside.
  3. heat a pan.
  4. add oil or ghee.
  5. on a low or medium flame when the oil becomes hot, add the cumin and all the whole spices mentioned above.
  6. let the cumin get browned and the oil fragrant from the spices.
  7. add the soaked rice.
  8. stir and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  9. add salt and water.
  10. cover and cook the rice is cooked.
  11. the rice should get cooked but not mushy or pasty.
  12. keep checking in between whilst the rice is cooking.
  13. when the jeera rice is done, fluff the rice and serve jeera rice hot.
  14. garnish jeera rice with some coriander leaves before serving.
few tips for jeera rice recipe:
1. you can also make the jeera rice in the pressure cooker. then add 2 and ¼ cups water.
2. to add some color, add a pinch of turmeric or a pinch of saffron to the rice.
3. this jeera rice recipe can be double or tripled.
4. if using onions, then slice them. brown/caramelize the onions first before adding them to the soaked rice. the rice gets a nice light brown color due to the browning of the onions.

{ 37 Responses }

  1. Kate says

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  2. Aberame says

    Hi there,
    Every time I think of a dish to make out a vegetable I just turn to your blog. I love your recipes and they are so easy to read and understand. I am not a great cook but your recipes have made me try out new stuff and my hubby think I am becoming a pro in South Indian cooking :) thank you so much :)

  3. Rashmi Kulkarni says

    Hi Dassana, I have made methi thepla recipe and it is so tasty and delicious. My husband and son liked it so much.Thank you.

  4. Sathya says

    Hi Dassana I have made this jeera rice recipe quite a few times now. It has turned out delicious every time. thank you so much another wonderful recipe that you have explained so beautifully!

  5. Priyankavijith says

    Hi the jeera rice was very good,I loved the jeera rice not only me in my home everyone liked the style of jeera rice…..I will do once again….

  6. rejani sreejesh says

    I use to mke jeera rice but today i checked Ur website bcoz we hd arranged 20 ppl small party….so it will help me with tht information.. Thankyou very much..

  7. sahil says

    Great recipe, loved the spices used for a touch of aroma.. And I agree with you, that your second method of preparation is the best way to make it.. Thanx

  8. Rajashree says

    Thanks a lot for posting such a recipe.My husband used to always demand jeera rice from me.I think now i wud b able to make it.Its so simple.Thanks a lot. :-)

  9. Rajeev Sharma says

    The recipe is so simple & nice. (Jeera rice)
    Today I’m alone in home thinking to go outside for dinner (going alone is so boring) so decided to do something new in home. While searching I decided to do Jeera rice, because it doesn’t need any vegetable so I did alone. It’s really so nice & need less ingredients, for first time I’m tasting this, I will dedicate this recipe for my mother, will reduce my mom cooking duty burden :)
    What I felt is it needs some little spicier, can I add little red chili powder for this while cooking??
    Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe, if it’s possible please suggest us a few more simple recipe so that I will try in our home:).
    Rajeev Sharma

  10. says

    I’ve just finished cooking it and eating it, IT WAS AMAZING!
    We are vegetarians, we love indian food but it’s very hard to find good step by step recipes of indian vegetarian food, you, my lady, have delivered just that. Perfect beautiful and thoroughly thought indian vegetarian recipes.
    You are my new inspiration !
    Thank you very much!

  11. Ranjana says

    hi dassana,
    Yesterday i preparrd jeera rice with the help of your recipe…… wow its a amazing recipe…… Me & my husband we both enjoy……thanks for such nice recipe……

  12. Prabal says

    Thank you for the jeera rice recipe.
    My mother wanted a jeera rice recipe.
    i will give her yours.