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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Jeera Rice

Jeera Rice (Cumin flavored rice), is a simple and tasty variation on plain boiled rice made with cumin seeds. Jeera rice can be prepared in 2 ways, one by total absorption of water by the rice and other by draining the water from the rice, where the starch is discarded.

Generally cumin seeds are lightly sauted in ghee / white oil and then the soaked basmati rice is cooked with sufficient water till soft or the parboiled rice is tossed with the sauted cumin seeds to bring out the flavour. Jeera rice is generally served with any veg or non-veg gravy / curry side dishes. This is recipe for Jeera Rice, made in a microwave.
  • Basmati Rice: 1 cup (200 gms)
  • Water: 1& 1/2 cups
  • Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
  • Cloves: 4
  • Cinnamon sticks: 2
  • Bay leaves: 2
  • Green cardamom: 2-3
  • Ghee: 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves, chopped: 2 bunch (optional)


  1. Wash and soak the rice for 30 mins. Drain and keep aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, add the ghee, bay leaves, cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon sticks & green cardamom and microwave for 1 min.
  3. Add the soaked rice, water and salt, mix well and boil covered at 100% power for 9-10mins and then at 60% power for 6-8 mins. (Stir in between every 5 mins). Allow to stand, covered for 5 mins.
  4. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves are serve hot with any side dish of your choice along with raita and green salad.

I am sending this rice dish to Srilekha's EFM-Variety Rice event...

I am also sending some rice recipes from my archives, Paneer Peas Pulao, Jeera Peas Rice, Kiribath and Mishti Bhaat


Amirtha shyam said...

Hey,I tried it & cameout very well.Thankyou for this wonderful receipe.very easiet ever cooked before.

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