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Jeera Rice
Jeera Rice

Jeera Rice

Jeera Rice, also known as Cumin Rice, is a well-liked Indian dish consisting of basmati rice cooked with whole spices and seasoned with cumin seeds and green chilies. This flavorful dish is a staple in many Indian restaurants and can be easily made at home with the help of step-by-step pictures and video instructions.

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By following this recipe, I can guarantee that you will achieve perfect jeera rice every time. Jeera rice, a popular dish in restaurants, is flavored with cumin and whole spices. This is the ideal recipe for beginners, bachelors, busy individuals, or those feeling lazy. The combination of jeera and spices adds a delightful touch to the meal and can mask any shortcomings.

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About Jeera Rice

Jeera Rice – ‘Jeera’ translates to ‘cumin’ in English. Rice is cooked / tempered with jeera as main ingredient hence the name Jeera Rice. This recipe makes the Perfect Jeera Rice every time under 30 minutes.

Jeera Rice is a dish that involves cooking basmati rice with jeera (cumin) and other spices, then mixing it with tempered jeera and chili. This can be done using either a pressure cooker or an open pot. I have shared recipes for both home-style and restaurant-style preparations.

Jeera, also known as cumin, is an effective natural treatment for digestive issues. Its medicinal properties make it a beneficial ingredient to incorporate into one's diet, such as drinking plain jeera water for added benefits.

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Cumin Rice is a very simple rice preparation which can be done in a jiffy pairs up well with many side dishes. I served it along with a simple dal and mushroom do pyaza.

My love for North Indian food knows no bounds, as regular readers may have already noticed. As a result, I continue to explore various North Indian dishes and this cumin rice has become a staple in our household.

Jeera rice is a flavorful popular Indian rice meal commonly cooked at homes and ordered frequently at the restaurants. Though the recipe varies a bit in each house hold this rice is very simple and easy to make.


Jeera rice recipe

Jeera Rice Ingredients

  • Basmati Rice : Basmati rice is the recommended rice for this recipe. However, if you run short of Basmati rice, we can use regular rice. I have tried with India Gate Dubar / Super, Kohinoor, Daawat and all turned out to be good.
  • Jeera, also known as cumin seeds, is the key ingredient that gives this rice dish its distinct flavor. In addition to enhancing the taste, Jeera also helps with digestion.

  • In this recipe, I incorporated various spices such as bay leaf, green cardamom, cloves, and star anise. Javitri (mace) is an optional addition. For a different color or flavor, you may include saffron or turmeric. Black cardamom can also be included.

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There are two methods for preparing Jeera Rice.

One pot Jeera Rice / Jeera Pulao

Reworded: One-pot Jeera Rice or Jeera Pulao.

This easy One Pot Jeera Rice is ideal for beginners and bachelors who want a quick and simple dish without spending too much time in the kitchen. The recipe involves adding all the spices and basmati rice together, then tempering with cumin seeds and green chili. When short on time, I recommend using a pressure cooker or instant pot for convenience and speed.

  • The pressure cooker technique involves precise measurements of water and rice, resulting in jeera rice or jeera pulao.

  • Method for Instant Pot: Rinse the rice and soak it for 20 minutes. The measurements for all other ingredients are the same as the pressure cooker method. Use a 1:2 ratio of rice to water. Start by pressing the saute mode and heating ghee. Add all the spices and green chilli and fry until fragrant. Then add the drained rice and fry for a minute. Mix in the required amount of salt and water. Secure the lid and set to pressure cooker mode on high for 10 minutes. When the timer beeps and reaches 0, manually release the pressure immediately. The timer will automatically switch to keep warm mode. Press the button to manually release the pressure after the timer reaches 0. Open and fluff the rice. It can be served hot or kept on keep warm mode. For instructions on making basmati rice in an Instant Pot, refer to the guide.

2.Restaurant style Jeera Rice

This technique is effective for using up extra rice or using already cooked basmati rice. It is commonly utilized in restaurants where precooked basmati rice is readily available. Thus, tempering can be quickly done upon receiving orders.

Personally, I favor this approach even though it is time-consuming compared to the initial method. The taste of the rice is just as delicious as what you would find in a restaurant.

It pairs nicely with.

Dal Makhani
Mushroom Do Pyaza
Paneer Butter Masala
Dal Fry
Kadai Mushroom , Kadai Paneer etc

Please explore our selection of additional side dishes.

Step-by-Step Guide to Making Jeera Rice

Open pot method(Restaurant style)

Cooking rice

Clean 1 cup of basmati rice thoroughly and let it soak for 15-30 minutes. Then, set it aside.

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In a saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.

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After the water begins to boil, remove it from the rice and add it back in.

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Add a desired amount of salt and include 1/2 inch of cinnamon, 2 cloves, 1 cardamom, 1 small bay leaf, and 1 star anise. Taste the water to ensure it has a slight saltiness.

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Cook until it is soft and tender, with each grain separated.

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It could take anywhere from 6 to 8 minutes, depending on the type of basmati rice used.

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7.You can see the rice grains they are separate but not al dente. I usually cook it soft to avoid any digestion problems.

Take a look at my post on how to make the perfect basmati rice for step-by-step guidance and a video demonstration.

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After cooking, strain the rice in a colander and fluff it up. Allow it to cool and reach room temperature.

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Tempering jeera rice

Heat 2 teaspoons of oil and 2 tablespoons of ghee in a tadka pan. Once hot, add 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds and allow them to crackle. Then, add 1 chopped green chili and turn off the heat.

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Mix in this seasoning to the already cooked rice. If the rice seems too dry, add an additional tablespoon of ghee.

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Mixing with rice

Spices are mixed with cumin rice.

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Add a small amount of rice to the pan with the tadka, mix it together, and then transfer it to the bowl. This will help to remove any remaining tadka stuck to the pan.

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Gently mix the rice with a fork, being careful not to break it.

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Finely chop 1 tablespoon of coriander leaves.

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Mix it in with the rice. Your cumin rice is now prepared!

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Enjoy with your preferred accompaniment of a side dish or gravy while it is still hot.

Pressure cooker method

  1. In a bowl for mixing, combine 1 cup of basmati rice and add water. Allow it to soak for 15 minutes, then set it aside.How to make jeera rice - Step1Pin

  2. Wash it thoroughly, remove excess water and place it in the pressure cooker with 1 bay leaf, 1 green cardamom, 1/2 inch cinnamon stick, 2 cloves, and 1 star anise.soak ricePin

  3. Cook the rice in a pressure cooker over medium heat for 2-3 whistles. After releasing the pressure, mix in salt and fluff up the rice.pressure oook jeera ricePin

  4. Melt ghee in a traditional Indian cooking pot, and you may also include a small amount of oil if desired. Add cumin seeds and green chillies, allowing them to sizzle. Then, mix it with rice.add temperingPin

  5. Combine all ingredients, then fold in chopped coriander. Stir until well combined.How to make jeera rice - Step1Pin

Serve hot!

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Expert Tips

  • For best results, use high-quality, mature basmati rice. Rinse it thoroughly two or three times before cooking to prevent it from becoming sticky. Soak the rice for 15-20 minutes before using.

  • When using the pressure cooking method, do not exceed 2 cups of water for the rice to water ratio.

  • Cooking cumin and rice: The rice has a richer taste when it is added while the cumin is crackling. Use a fork instead of a spoon or ladle when mixing the rice to prevent it from breaking. Adding ghee and cashews enhances the flavor and taste.

  • To enhance the richness of this one pot meal, consider adding ghee-fried cashews as well.

  • Ensure that the rice is drained and fluffed.

  • Using ghee will improve the taste.

  • Let the rice soak for 15 minutes to promote quick cooking and achieve soft grains with minimal sticking.

Serving & Storing Suggestions

Sprinkle it with fresh coriander leaves and enjoy it as a lunchtime meal. Jeera rice should be eaten on the day it is prepared. If you have leftovers, refrigerate them and then lightly steam or heat in the microwave before serving the next day.


What exactly is Jeera Rice?

Jeera rice, also known as Indian cumin rice, is a dish made by cooking basmati rice with cumin and other spices. After cooking, the rice is mixed with tempered cumin and chili. This dish is not only easy to prepare, but also enjoyable for all ages and easy to digest. In my personal experience, Jeera Rice is a versatile and popular meal that can be served on its own or as a side dish. It is a regular addition to our weekly menu, especially on Saturdays when we prefer a flavorful and uncomplicated vegetarian meal. Whether it is prepared at home for the family or served with Indian breads, starters, or desserts during gatherings or special occasions, Jeera rice always brings joy to the table.

What is the method for creating the perfect Jeera Rice?

There are two ways to prepare jeera rice: using a pressure cooker or a one pot method. By following my recipe, both methods will result in perfect jeera rice, similar to what you would find in restaurants.

What distinguishes the pressure cooking method from the restaurant-style method?

The pressure cooking technique involves cooking rice with spices and water. On the other hand, in restaurant-style rice, the rice is boiled separately in an open pan and then combined with tempering such as cumin and chili. The method of preparing rice varies in these two methods.

What is the reason for rice sticking to the bottom of a layer?

Rice noodles form a layer when there is not enough water.

What could be causing my rice to have a starchy or sticky texture?

Cooking rice too long or using too much water can result in sticky or gluey rice. To reduce stickiness, sauté it in a pan for 3-5 minutes.

Can you experiment with any different options?

You have the option to include cashews or onions. Certain restaurants offer Onion Jeera rice. When tempering, use spring onion or regular onion and mix it with the rice. In Punjabi style, it is typically colored with saffron or turmeric powder.

Is it possible to prepare Jeera rice in an Instant Pot?

Please use 2 cups of water for every 1 cup of rice and set the timer for 10 minutes. More detailed instructions can be found in the introduction.

Is Jeera rice the same as Cumin rice?

Jeera rice and Cumin rice are essentially identical, with the only difference being the name. Jeera is the Hindi word for cumin, thus the dish is known as Jeera rice or Cumin rice.


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Jeera Rice Recipe

Jeera Rice, also known as Cumin Rice, is a well-known Indian dish made by cooking basmati rice with whole spices and then adding cumin seeds and green chilies for flavor. It is a highly requested dish in many Indian restaurants. Below, we will go through the process of making Jeera Rice with detailed pictures and a video tutorial.

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings2 people
AuthorSharmilee J


Ingredients for Using a Pressure Cooker

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 green cardamom
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon
  • 2 no cloves
  • 1 no star anise
  • coriander leaves for garnish
  • salt to taste

Ingredients needed for preparing using the Open Pot Method.

  • 1 cup rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon
  • 1 green cardamom
  • coriander leaves for garnish
  • salt to taste

To temper:

  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • 2 heaped teaspoon jeera
  • 1 no green chilli small finely chopped


Open Pot Method:

  • Wash 1 cup of basmati rice thoroughly and let it soak for 15-30 minutes, then set it aside.

  • Heat 4 cups of water in a pan until it reaches boiling point.

  • Once the water starts boiling, drain it and add the rice.

  • Add salt to taste along with 1/2 inch cinnamon, 2 cloves, 1 cardamom, 1 small bay leaf and 1 star anise. Check the water it should be a bit salty.

  • Cook until the texture is soft and tender, with each grain separated.

  • The amount of time required will vary between 6 and 8 minutes depending on the type of basmati rice.

  • The rice grains are visible and not fully cooked. I typically cook it until it is soft to prevent any issues with digestion.

  • Strain the rice into a colander, loosen it and leave it to cool. Allow it to reach room temperature.

  • Heat 2 tsp of oil and 2 tbsp of ghee in a tadka pan. Add 2 tsp of cumin seeds and let them crackle. Then, add 1 chopped green chili and turn off the heat.

  • Sprinkle this seasoning over the already cooked rice. If the rice appears too dry, incorporate an additional tablespoon of ghee.

  • Sprinkle some rice into the tadka pan, stir it, and then transfer it to the bowl. This helps to remove any remaining tadka from sticking to the pan.

  • Jeera rice is seasoned with tadka.

  • Stir the mixture gently with a fork, being careful not to break the rice.

  • Finely chop 1 tablespoon of coriander leaves.

  • Mix it into the rice for a delicious jeera rice dish. Enjoy!

  • Enjoy with your preferred side dish or gravy while it is hot.

Pressure Coooker Method:

  • Take basmati rice in a mixing bowl, add water and let it soak for 15 minutes. Then, set it aside.

  • Wash it thoroughly, remove excess water, and place it into a pressure cooker with cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaf, and star anise.

  • Cook the rice under low-medium heat for 4 whistles in a pressure cooker. Once the pressure has been released, fluff up the rice and add salt.

  • Melt ghee in a kadai and optionally add a small amount of oil. Add cumin seeds and green chilli and allow them to sizzle. Mix in with rice.

  • Combine all ingredients, then finish by adding in coriander leaves and mixing thoroughly. Serve the Jeera Rice while it is still hot!


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  • Tips for cooking rice:
    - Choose high quality and well-aged basmati rice.
    - Rinse the rice two or three times before cooking to prevent stickiness.
    - Soak the rice for 15-20 minutes before cooking.

  • For the pressure cooking method, do not exceed 2 cups of water when measuring rice to water ratio.

  • Frying jeera and rice : The rice is more flavourful when it is added at the time of jeera crackling. Frying rice is optional for fried rice seekers. Use fork instead of spoon/ laddle while mixing rice, else rice may break more. Ghee, cashews add more flavor and taste.
  • You may also include ghee-fried cashews to enhance the richness of this one pot meal.

  • Ensure that the rice is drained and fluffed.

  • Including ghee improves the taste.

  • Allow the rice to soak for 15 minutes for quicker cooking.

Nutrition Facts

Jeera Rice Recipe

Serving Size: 150 g

Calories 430
Calories from Fat 90

% Daily Value*

Fat 10g15%

Saturated Fat 5g31%

Trans Fat 0.01g

Polyunsaturated Fat 1g

Monounsaturated Fat 4g

Cholesterol 19mg6%

Sodium 1031mg45%

Potassium 139mg4%

Carbohydrates 76g25%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 7g14%

Vitamin A 178IU4%

Vitamin C 2mg2%

Calcium 49mg5%

Iron 1mg6%

The Percent Daily Values are calculated using a 2000 calorie diet.

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