Are you bored of eating the same white/steamed rice everyday? Try dishing out this simple Jeera Rice or Cumin Rice that is flavored with the aroma of Jeera (Cumin seeds) and makes a difference on your palate.
Jeera Rice is a staple rice cooked in India made of Rice (Basmati or normal) and Cumin seeds. It is a simple recipe and very easy to prepare unlike Pulav or Biryani. It tastes well with spicy curries like Chicken curry or even Dal. Dish this out today and let us know how you liked it.
Simple Jeera Rice
- 2 cups Basmati Rice (You can use normal rice too if preferred)
- 4 cups Water
- 2 Nos Green Chilli (slit vertically)
- 1 teaspoon Salt (Adjust as per taste)
- 3 tbsp Ghee
- 3 teaspoons Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
- 2 Nos Bay Leaves
- 6 Nos. Cloves
- 6 Nos. Green Cardamons
- 2 inch Cinnamon Stick
- 1 strand Mace (Javitri)
Basmati Rice Soaking (Pre-cooking)
- Wash the rice until water runs clear. Do not wash too hard as the Basmati flavor may be lost.
- Soak the Basmati rice in water for at least 30 minutes before use. The amount of water should be such that the level of water is at least 1 inch higher than the rice.
- Drain and keep the rice aside.
Cooking the Jeera Rice
- Take a Pressure cooker or a pot and heat 3 tbsp of Ghee in it.
- Once the ghee is hot - add Bay Leaves + Cloves + Cinnamon sticks + Green Cardamons + Mace and sauté for a 30 seconds.
- Add Cumin Seeds (Jeera) and sauté until the Jeera sizzles and a nice aroma of Jeera arises.
- Add the green chillies and toss for a few seconds. Do not let the Green chillies burn.
- Add the drained Basmati rice and fry for 2-3 minutes. Stir the rice gently so that the grains do not break.
- Add 4 cups of water (Rice to Water ratio: 1:2)
- Add Salt. Mix well and check the water taste and add more salt if required.
- Bring the water to a boil on a high flame.
If using a Pressure Cooker
- If you are using a Pressure cooker, close the cooker with the lid and cook on a high heat until 1 whistle.
- Turn off the stove and let the cooker sit until the steam is released completely.
- Fluff up the rice with a fork and serve hot with any spicy curry.
If using a Pot
- Cover the pot with a lid and cook on a low heat until all the water is absorbed and the rice is completely cooked.
- Let the rice sit in the pot for 15 minutes and serve hot with any spicy curry.
If using a electric Rice cooker
- In case you are using a conventional electric rice cooker, do not let the water boil in the above step.
- Once you have added the water and salt, mix well and transfer everything to a rice cooker.
- Close the rice cooker and cook as usual until the cooker turns off to warm mode.
- Fluff the rice with a fork and serve hot with any spicy curry.
- You can add Onions too if you like. Make sure that they are added after you add Ghee and fry until brown.
- Garnish with chopped Coriander.
- You can also garnish with fried cashew on top.