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by dassana amit updated February 12, 2014

jeera rice recipe, indian jeera rice recipe

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.
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.

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

jeera rice recipe

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

cumin rice or jeera rice recipe below:

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jeera rice recipe
 
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jeera rice - a simple and aromatic pilaf flavored with cumin and whole spices.
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Recipe type: main
Cuisine: indian
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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.
Notes
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.


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Rajeev Sharma November 23, 2013 1

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:).
Regards
Rajeev Sharma

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dassana December 2, 2013 2

thanks rajeev. yes you can add a pinch or 1/4 tsp of red chilli powder to make the jeera rice more spicy. few more simple recipes on the blog are kashmiri pulao, biryani rice, lemon rice, masala rice, peas pulao. all the rice recipes are mentioned in below link:
http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/recipes/rice-recipes/

i appreciate your considerate thought about your mother.
happy cooking.

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Louise October 8, 2013 3

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!

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dassana October 8, 2013 4

welcome louise. nice to know that you liked the recipes and photographs.

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Ranjana June 22, 2013 5

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……

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dassana June 22, 2013 6

thanks ranjana for the feedback. glad :-)

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Prabal April 18, 2013 7

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

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dassana April 18, 2013 8

thanks.

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shruthi February 28, 2013 9

Like all your recipies. Can you post restaurant style chinese rice please.

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dassana February 28, 2013 10

sure shruthi. i have one in drafts from 2012. will try to post in some time.

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Angsujit February 6, 2013 11

Very Very Nice. Please post some traditional Bengali recipes.
Thanks

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dassana February 6, 2013 12

will do post some bengali recipes.

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Charul @ Tadka Masala January 27, 2013 13

I always make plain jeera rice.. The addition of spices will be different. I guess they would give a nice aroma to the rice too!

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aparna January 26, 2013 14

nice Aroma i could smell it ! i had my own twist on my jeera rice ! i added some shredded coconut !

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