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.
Why cumin is an essential spice
Cumin is an earthy, spicy sweet flavour seeds, one of the most essential ingredients of Indian cuisine. Cumin is commonly used for its flavour in tadka (tempering spices), 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. It is a mandatory spice in almost all Indian spice 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 tadka dal, palak paneer, paneer tikka masala or paneer butter masala. This recipe method is used in restaurants where cooked rice is tossed with fried cumin. In many Indian households leftover rice is used to make this rice.
Variations to actual 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 which can be made in a jiffy. Second method involves cooking rice along with tempered spices.
Quick and easy restaurant style Jeera Rice recipe with process shots and video.
1 cup = 240ml
Gluten Free, Nut Free
Rice: 2 cups, cooked
Oil: 1 tbsp
Ghee: 1 tbsp
Onion: 1/4 cup, finely chopped
Cumin: 2 tbsp
Salt: as required
Coriander: 1 tbsp, finely chopped
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…
Basmati rice is used for this recipe.
Tadka Dal is best and most preferred side dish for Jeera rice.
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
- 1/4 cup Onion finely chopped
- 1 tbsp Coriander finely chopped
- As required Salt
- 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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