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How to Make Cumin Rice or Jeera Rice

Updated on June 10, 2017
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Cumin Rice or Jeera Rice

Cumin rice served with Paneer makhani
Cumin rice served with Paneer makhani
Cumin rice or Jeera rice
Cumin rice or Jeera rice
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Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Basmati rice, or long white rice soaked in water for 20 minutes
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp ghee or oil, I used 1 1/2 tsp ghee+1/2 tsp 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 tsp salt, or as per taste
  • 4 cups water

Step-By-Step Guidelines and Images for Making Cumin Rice or Jeera Rice

  1. Wash Basmati rice and soak in fresh water 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 till 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 till 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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Step one: Keep the ingredients handyStep two: Saute cumin, whole garam masala spices, and bay leaf in ghee or oil.Step three: Add diced onions and green chilies. Continue sauteing.Step four: Add soaked rice and salt. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.Step five: Mix well. Add water as directedStep six: Let the rice boil for 3 minutesStep seven: Cover the cooker lid and cook on medium high fire till one whistle.Step eight: When the pressure releases completely, open the cooker lid and puff cumin rice with a forkStep nine: Cumin rice or jeera rice is ready to serve.
Step one: Keep the ingredients handy
Step one: Keep the ingredients handy
Step two: Saute cumin, whole garam masala spices, and bay leaf in ghee or oil.
Step two: Saute cumin, whole garam masala spices, and bay leaf in ghee or oil.
Step three: Add diced onions and green chilies. Continue sauteing.
Step three: Add diced onions and green chilies. Continue sauteing.
Step four: Add soaked rice and salt. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.
Step four: Add soaked rice and salt. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.
Step five: Mix well. Add water as directed
Step five: Mix well. Add water as directed
Step six: Let the rice boil for 3 minutes
Step six: Let the rice boil for 3 minutes
Step seven: Cover the cooker lid and cook on medium high fire till one whistle.
Step seven: Cover the cooker lid and cook on medium high fire till one whistle.
Step eight: When the pressure releases completely, open the cooker lid and puff cumin rice with a fork
Step eight: When the pressure releases completely, open the cooker lid and puff cumin rice with a fork
Step nine: Cumin rice or jeera rice is ready to serve.
Step nine: Cumin rice or jeera rice is ready to serve.

Nutritional Information of Cumin Rice

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 115
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Carbohydrates 15 g5%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 114 mg5%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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