Jeera (cumin seeds) rice recipe (cumin flavoured rice)

Jeera rice or Zeera rice is a flavoured Indian dish prepared from rice and cumin seeds.  It is very popular in North India and very easy to prepare unlike  a biryani.  The main ingredients for jeera rice are rice, cumin seeds and any vegetable oil/butter/ghee.  It is one of the most simplest, easiest but most ordered rice dish in Indian restaurants. Jeera rice goes very well with most of the  gravy dishes.


Prep Time : 30 mins

Cook Time : 15 mins

Servings : 2-3 persons

Total time – 45 mins



Basmati rice – 1 cup

Water – 2 cups

Cumin seeds – 2 teaspoons

Onion – 1 (chopped finely) (optional)

Butter/Ghee- 2 tablespoons

Cinnamon – 1 inch small piece

Cloves – 2

Bay leaves – 2

Salt to taste


Wash rice thoroughly and soak in water for half an hour. Drain and keep it aside.

 Heat butter/ghee in a pan. Add cinnamon, cloves and bay leaves and saute for few seconds.  Then add cumin seeds. When cumin seeds crackle, add chopped onions and saute till onions become golden brown.

Add the drained rice and salt and stir fry on a low flame for few minutes till the rice is well coated with butter/ghee and looks glossy.  Then add 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil, by stirring once.

Then reduce the flame and close the pan with a lid. Leave a little gap between the pan and the lid so that the water does not spill over.

 Cook till the rice is cooked and the water has been fully absorbed.  Fork the rice into a serving dish as it will spread out each grain.

Serve jeera rice with any gravy dish or curry.


One Response to Jeera (cumin seeds) rice recipe (cumin flavoured rice)

  1. Baskar says:

    Thanks Charu,
    Your Jeera Rice Recipe is new to me
    Let me try.
    I`ll sure tell tell how it came out

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