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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Jeera Rice or Cumin Rice

Sometimes, having something thats a little step up from the traditional plain boiled/steamed rice is a welcome change. It fancies up almost any meal. Some dishes just taste better with a pulao, better known to some as a pilaf. Whatever name you know it by, this is a simple version that I think went really well with my Paalak Paneer.
You don't need anything fancy, just basic ingredients that almost anyone will have in their homes.

Jeera Rice
Serves 2-3 large portions

1 bay leaf
2 cardamom pods, whole
2" cinnamon
5 cloves
6 pepper corns
1/2 - 3/4 tsp cumin seeds
1 medium onion, chopped finely
1 tbsp ghee / clarified butter
1/2 cup long grained rice (You can use Basmati, if you have some)
Salt, to taste
1 cup water

Wash the rice and soak it in some water while you get the other ingredients started.

Heat the ghee in a large vessel.

Tip in the bay leaf, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and pepper corns and let it get fragrant.

Add the cumin seeds and let it fry for a little while till it gets fragrant. Make sure you don't burn the cumin, it'll ruin your dish.

Add the chopped onion and saute till the onion gets soft and transparent.

Drain the rice and add it to the vessel. Let this fry off for about a minute or so, till the rice is coated with the spices and ghee in the vessel. Do not stir too much or you'll break up the grains of rice.

Add the water and salt to taste. Stir once, gently. Bring it to a boil, cover and simmer on low heat till all the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender.

Fluff it up with a fork to loosen the grains. You don't want to mash it up.

Serve hot with a gravy of your choice.

I served this up with some Palaak Paneer.
Add a bowl of raita to this to make it a wholesome, delightful meal.

NOTE: If you need to increase the quantity of rice, use the following ratio. 1 portion rice : 2 portions water.

This recipe is linked to -
Tuesdays at the Table
Delectable Tuesday
Hearth and Soul
A Little Birdie Told Me


  1. simple yet flavouful rice... I sometime don't make any side with this, Raita makes a perfect combo for me
    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. Deepa, that definitely makes a delightful combo!

  3. Thats a delicious and flavorful rice...

  4. Thanks Reshmi!!!

  5. Jeera rice is my all time simple flavorful rice. I make them very often. Thanks for sharing this with Hearth and Soul Hop! :)

  6. Thanks Kankana!!!

  7. Trisha, your Jeera rice sounds out-of-this world!

    Thank you for linking up to "A Little Birdie Told Me..."

    Because I have such a weakness for Paalak Paneer, I featured your post over on my Facebook page.


  8. Thanks Jenn!!!

  9. Lovely and aromatic rice.. looks too good.. yummy :)
    Indian Cuisine

  10. Thanks Hari!

  11. Zeera Rice with Palak Paneer a fantastic combination. looks yum and delicious.

  12. Thank you!


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