Jeera rice served in a white plate.

Jeera rice recipe with step by step photos and a recipe video. Jeera rice or Zeera rice is a popular rice dish that can be made quickly in a pressure cooker within 30 minutes. Literally, Jeera is the “Hindi” name for “Cumin”. It is also known as “Cumin rice”.

Cumin rice is flavored with cumin (jeera) and whole spices. It can be made quickly in a pressure cooker. All you need is to sauté the spices and cumin in ghee (clarified butter) and add rice and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. So simple yet the aroma and flavors of Jeera rice are amazing.

Zeera rice is one of the popular rice dishes that is mostly ordered in Indian restaurants. It tastes amazing when paired up with Dal fry or any curry. Whenever I want to cook something special but a quick dish on weekends this Jeera rice and dal fry are my first choice.

You can prepare this quick Jeera rice for the kids’ lunch box. Pair it up with paneer masala, mushroom masala or any non-veg curry like Chicken Korma or Chicken masala.

If you have leftover rice, you can flavor it with cumin and the whole spices. Just saute the cumin and whole spices in the ghee/clarified butter, add the leftover rice and mix it gently for 2 minutes. Jeera rice is ready to serve.

Tips to make perfect Jeera rice recipe:

  1. If you want to make restaurant-style jeera rice then you will have to use long-grain, aged basmati rice. Its aroma increases the flavor of the dish.
  2. Soak the basmati rice in water for 30 minutes before you start cooking it.
  3. Every rice is different. For me, the ratio of 1:2 works but sometimes the rice may require more or less water.
  4. Use Ghee/clarified butter instead of oil for making Jeera rice. This is important as it increases the flavor of the overall dish makes it more delectable.
  5. You can increase or decrease the quantity of whole spices as per your like.
  6. If you prefer less spicy then reduce the green chili in the recipe.
  7. Do not increase the quantity of Jeera/cumin in the recipe.

Jeera rice

Jeera rice recipe – a quick rice recipe that can be made in the
pressure cooker within 30 minutes with fewer ingredients.
Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 250kcal
Author Preeti Nayak

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Basmati rice
  • 2 tsp Ghee/clarified butter you can also use refined oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 2 green chilies, slit
  • Salt to taste

Whole spices:

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 green cardamom
  • 1- inch cinnamon
  • 1 petal mace
  • 2 cloves

Instructions

Preparations to be done for making Jeera rice:

  • Rinse the rice 2-3 times under tap water till the water runs clear. Soak it in water for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes drain off the excess water from the rice using a colander.
  • Keep all the whole spices, cumin and green chili ready.

Making the Jeera rice:

  • Heat 2 tsp of ghee/clarified butter in the pressure cooker. Keep the flame on low.
  • Add the whole spices and saute it for a minute. Once it starts to release its aroma in hot oil immediately add cumin.
  • Let the cumin crackle in hot oil.
  • Next, add green chilies. Saute for a minute. Be careful not to burn the whole spices.
  • Add the rice. Gently fry the rice in ghee for a minute. Make sure the rice grains are coated well with the ghee.
  • Now add water & salt and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. Switch off the flame.
  • Let the pressure settle down on its own. Open the lid of the pressure cooker.
  • Using a fork fluff up the rice. Jeera rice is ready to serve.
  • Garnish Jeera rice with coriander leaves.
  • Serve Jeera rice with Dal fry or Any Curry.

Video

Notes

  1. Use ghee instead of oil. It will increase the aroma and taste of Jeera rice.

How to make Jeera rice in pressure cooker with step by step photos:

Preparations to be done for making cumin rice:

  1. Rinse the rice 2-3 times under tap water until the water runs clear. Soak it in water for 30 minutes.
  2. After 30 minutes drain off the excess water from the rice using a colander.
  3. Keep all the whole spices, cumin and green chili ready.soak rice in water, keep ready whole spices, cumin and green chili

Making the cumin rice:                                                          

  1. Heat 2 tsp of ghee/clarified butter in the pressure cooker. Keep the flame on low.
  2. Add the whole spices and saute it for a minute. Once it starts to release its aroma in hot oil immediately add cumin.
  3. Let the cumin crackle in hot oil.
  4. Next, add green chilies. Saute for a minute. Be careful not to burn the whole spices.saute whole spices, cumin and green chili
  5. Add the rice. Gently fry the rice in ghee for a minute. Make sure the rice grains are coated well with the ghee.fry the rice for 2 minutes to make jeera rice in pressure cooker
  6. Now add water & salt and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. Switch off the flame.Addition of water and salt and pressure cook for 3 or 4 whistles to mke jeera rice
  7. Let the pressure settle down on its own. Open the lid of the pressure cooker.
  8. Using a fork fluff up the rice. Cumin rice is ready to serve.
  9. Garnish it with coriander leaves.garnish jeera rice with coriander leaves and serve
  10. Serve Jeera rice with Dal fry or any Curry.

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