Jeera Rice is a flavour packed rice prepared with enticing and appetising aroma of cumin seeds. It is one of the dishes prepared with minimal ingredients and time yet tastes heavenly with the crackling crispness of cumin seeds.
Cumin is an essential spice
Cumin is an earthy, spicy sweet flavour seeds, one of the most essential ingredients of Indian cuisine. It is an essential spice for its flavour in tadka (tempering spices). Generally used as dry roast, coarsely ground or powdered in curries, rice and chutneys. It is an essential spice used in day to day cooking in almost all Indian household and it is a mandatory spice in a pantry.
Why Jeera rice is most preferred
Jeera rice/cumin rice is one of the favourite and much preferred dish in Indian restaurants. It pairs well with Paneer Makhani, Paneer Jalfrezi, Lauki kofta curry, tadka dal. Jeera rice is a versatile dish that goes well with spicy curry as well such as Vegetable Chettinad. This recipe method is used in restaurants where cooked rice is tossed with fried cumin and onion. Leftover rice could be used to make this flavoursome rice.
Variations to actual jeera rice recipe
Substitute ghee with oil or vegan butter for vegan version.
You may add more spices like cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaves to make it more flavourful.
The method I have shown here is a restaurant style that can be made in a jiffy. Second method involves cooking rice along with tempered spices.
Check out jeera rice recipe restaurant style
1 cup = 250ml ; 1 tbsp = 15ml
Gluten Free, Nut Free
Rice: 2 cups, cooked
Oil: 1 tbsp
Ghee: 1 tbsp
Onion: ¼ cup, finely chopped
Cumin: 2 tbsp
Salt: as required
Coriander: 1 tbsp, finely chopped
In a pan heat oil and ghee on medium flame.
Now add cumin seeds and saute until fragrant or until they crackle and release nice aroma.
Now add chopped onion and saute for couple of minutes or until onions are soft.
Reduce the flame to low setting, add salt, rice and coriander.
Gently mix rice until well combined, making sure not to break the rice grains. Turn off the heat.
Delicious and fragrant Jeera Rice is ready to enjoy...
I have used basmati rice for this recipe.
Substitute ghee with oil for vegan jeera rice.
Restaurant Style Jeera Rice
Nut free, Gluten Free
1 cup = 240ml
- 2 cups Rice Cooked
- 2 tbsp Cumin seeds
- 1 tbsp Oil
- 1 tbsp Ghee
- ¼ cup Onion finely chopped
- 1 tbsp Coriander finely chopped
- As required Salt
- In a pan heat oil and ghee on medium flame.
- Add cumin seeds and saute until fragrant or until they crackle and release nice aroma.
- Now add chopped onion and saute for couple of minutes or until onions are soft.
- Reduce the flame to low setting, add salt, rice and coriander
- Now mix gently until well combined, making sure not to break the rice grains. Turn off the heat.
- Delicious and fragrant Jeera Rice is ready to enjoy...
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