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How to Make Cumin or Jeera Rice

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Cumin rice served with Paneer makhani

Cumin rice served with Paneer makhani

Cook Time

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10 min

20 min

30 min

Serves four people


  • 2 cups basmati rice, or long white rice soaked in water for 20 minutes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ghee or oil, i used 1 1/2 teaspoons ghee and 1/2 teaspoon oil
  • 2-3 green chilies, slit lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • Whole garam masala 1 inch cinnamon stick, 1/2 mace, 3 green cardamom, and 4 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 4 cups water
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  1. Wash Basmati rice and soak in freshwater for 20 minutes. Drain the water.
  2. Heat ghee or oil in a pressure cooker bottom. Throw whole garam masala spices, cumin seeds, and bay leaf. Saute them on low fire for 20 seconds or until the cumin crackle.
  3. Add diced onion and slit green chilies. Saute till onion turns golden. Add soaked Basmati rice. Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes. Add 4 cups of water and salt. Let the mix boil for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Close the cooker with the lid. Place cooker weight. Cook on medium-high fire until one whistle. Open it when the pressure releases completely.
  5. Puff the rice with a fork. Gently mix. Transfer cumin rice to a serving bowl.
  6. Awesome cumin rice is ready to serve!! Serve it hot with pickle, yogurt, tomato sauce or with a spicy side dish. I served it with paneer makhani.

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