Cumin Flavored Basmati Rice / Jeera Rice


            Jeera Rice is a popular Indian dish consists of rice, jeera and spices. It’s a simple, flavorful  and easily digestible rice that can be done in few min.


        1 cup Basmati Rice
        11/2 cups of water
        2 Tablespoons Oil/Butter
        3 Teaspoon of Cumin Seeds

        1 Shah Jeera(opt)
        1 Bay leaves

        2 Cloves
        1 Big Cinnamon
        2 Big Elaichi/ Small Cardamom
        1 Teaspoon of Salt



  • Soak the basmathi rice for 1/2 hr.
  • Heat the oil in a pan/cooker. Test the oil by adding one cumin seed; if seed crackles then your oil is ready.Add cumin seeds.
  • The sheer smell of cumin seeds frying in hot oil makes it more appetizing .
  • Add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaves and stir for few seconds.
  • Next add the rice. Stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add required water and salt, bring to a rolling boil and turn the heat to low. Cover the pan. If you use cooker just close the lid and wait for the whistle.
  • In stove top, Cook for about 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the water has evaporated. Turn off the heat and fluffy rice is ready.


  • Serve it with Aloo Gobi or any spicy subzi or raita.
  • You can cook this rice either in pan or cooker.

 Health Benefits of Cumin

  • Cumin may stimulate the secretion of pancreatic enzymes, compounds necessary for proper digestion and nutrient assimilation. 
  • It has an anti-carcinogenic properties.
  • It is an excellent source of Iron.

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