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Easy Jeera rice recipe ( Perfect Indian Cumin Rice)

Jeera rice - Aromatic Indian main course made with rice and cumin.

It is a very popular dish, prepared in India using cumin and basmati rice. This quick and easy recipe can be made more fragrant with some common Indian spices like bay leaves, cinnamon, etc. We have an separate post on this restaurant style cumin rice which is more flavorsome and filled with lots of spices and ghee. But today's method is the easiest one and is an ideal dish to prepare in the busy morning hours.

We have some other rice recipes for vegetarians, like

Ghee rice
Lemon rice
Green peas pulao
Easy vegetable pulao
Bagara khana

In this quick and easy cumin rice recipe, I have followed the pot method, which helps to keep the rice moist and soft for a long time after cooking. I have also explained the methods to get the perfect cumin rice in details and also given video with subtitles.  Try to get identify the perfect cooking point for rice and enjoy beautiful non-sticky jeera rice.


Jeera rice recipe | Quick and easy cumin flavored rice recipe | How to make Perfect cumin rice at home

Rice sauteed in cumin infused oil
Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 7 minutes | Total time: 37 minutes


To cook rice

  • 3/4 cup basmati rice
  • 3 - 4 cups of water
  • Salt to taste
Other ingredients
  • 1.5 tbsp ghee
  • 3/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeerakam, or Jeera)
  • Coriander leaves as needed

Direction of preparation of Jeera rice

  • Cooking rice

Cooking rice is an important step in the preparation of jeera rice or jeera pulao. The rice grains I usually prefer is the long grain basmati rice as it gives a nice look and aroma. The short grain basmati rice can also be used, but the flavorful rice varieties like kaima rice or jeerakasala rice is not recommended for this dish. The steps in cooking basmati rice are as follow.
  1. Soak desired amount of rice in room temperature water for at least twenty to thirty minutes. The water level should be above the rice and the rice grains should be submerged completely in water.
  2. After the resting period, the rice grains will be soft and you will be able break them easily with your hands. Then wash two-three times in tap water and drain completely and keep aside. 
  3. Meanwhile, take a thick bottomed pot or saucepan and pour about four cups of water. Let is boil on high flame. 
  4. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, reduce the flame and put enough salt. Wait till the salt dissolves.
  5. Then put the soaked and drained rice and allow the water to boil again.
  6. Once the water again started to boil, reduce the flame to medium and cover and cook till the rice is about ninety to ninety five percent done. 
  7. You can check the rice grain with your hand, the rice should be soft but should leave a hardness inside them. The rice will cook completely due to the heat present inside.
  8. Drain the water through a colander and separate the grains with a fork. If you feel the rice grains are overcooked, pour some cold water at this stage as this will reduce the heat and thus stop further cooking. Let it cool down completely.

  • To make jeera rice or jeera pulao

This is a quick and easy one and gets ready with in five to seven minutes. The rice should be completely cool before starting this step. You can make rice in the previous night and can refrigerate it. That will be ideal for busy moms to fill their kids lunch boxes easily.

  1. Heat a wok on high flame and pour oil or ghee. Ghee is best for this recipe.
  2. Once the ghee melts completely, put cumin seeds. Keep an eye on the pan as cumin seeds get burned so quickly.
  3. Once the crackling is over, put rice and saute gently with a spoon or toss gently until nicely combined. 
  4. Let it steam on high flame for a few minutes. 
  5. Once the rice is nice and hot, you can finish it with some coriander leaves. Mix again and then switch off the flame.
  6. The quick and easy cumin rice is ready, you can serve this with any raita or veg or non-veg gravy.
Happy cooking

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