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jeera rice recipe
jeera rice recipe
prep time
30 mins
cook time
25 mins
total time
55 mins

give a makeover to the simple steamed rice by adding cumin (jeera) and some fragrant spices. this restaurant style jeera rice recipe is mildly spiced, fragrant and tastes too good with full on flavors of jeera. cooked rice is used to make this jeera rice recipe. if you have leftover rice, then you can even spice it up with this jeera rice recipe method. 

course: main course
cuisine: north indian
servings: 4
rough calories per serving: 324 kcal
author: dassana
ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)
for cooking rice
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 2 green cardamoms (hari elaichi or choti elaichi)
  • 1 black cardamom (badi elaichi)
  • ½ inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 cloves (lavang)
  • 1 to 2 single strands of mace (javitri)
  • 1 teaspoon salt or as required
for tempering jeera rice
  • 2 tablespoons oil or 1.5 tablespoon ghee
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 green chilli (hari mirch) - chopped, optional
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
how to make
cooking rice
  1. rinse basmati rice till the water runs clear of starch. soak the rice for 30 mins and then drain all the water. keep aside.

  2. heat 4 cups water till it comes to a boil. add all the whole spices. add rice and salt. simmer the rice on a low flame uncovered.

  3. the rice grains should be cooked till tender and yet separate. drain the water and keep the cooked rice aside.
  4. if you want you can rinse also the rice with water at room temperature. this stops the cooking of the rice and keeps the grains separate.
making jeera rice
  1. heat oil in a small pan. add cumin/jeera.
  2. let them crackle. they have to be fried well otherwise you will taste uncooked cumin in the rice.
  3. add the green chilies. stir for a few seconds. no need to brown the chilies.
  4. add the tempering to the hot or warm rice.
  5. with a fork, gently mix the tempering with the rice grains. even if some rice grains break, its alright. do gently taking care so as not to break the rice grains.
  6. add coriander and gently mix or garnish jeera rice with coriander at the time of serving.
  7. serve jeera rice hot or warm with a dal or vegetable/paneer curry of your choice.
recipe notes

if using leftover rice, then you will need about 3 cups of cooked rice to use the same proportion of ingredients as mentioned in the recipe.