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jeera rice recipe | cumin rice | jeera pulao | zeera

The flavourful and aromatic jeera rice is mixed with cumin seeds, cashew nuts, dry spices, onions and ginger and garlic paste for a rich taste. Pressure cook all the ingredients and hot the delicious jeera rice with any gravy. Specially serve with butter chicken. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword cumin rice, jeera pulao, jeera rice, jeera rice recipe, zeera
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Soaking time: 20 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


Ingredients for jeera rice:

  • rice – 4 cups
  • butter/ghee – 1 spoon
  • oil – 2 1/2 spoon
  • onions – 2
  • slit green chillies – 2
  • ginger and garlic paste – 1 spoon
  • water – 6 cups
  • salt – as required(2 spoons)

Dry spices:

  • Jeera(cumin seeds) – 3 spoons
  • shah jeera – 1/2 spoon
  • cashew nuts(kaju) – 12
  • bay leaves(tej patta) – 3
  • cinnamon(dalchini) – 1
  • cardamom(elachi) – 1
  • star anise(chakr phool) – 1
  • cloves(laung) – 7


Procedure for jeera rice:

    Soak and drain the rice:

    1. Wash the rice thoroughly and soak for 20 minutes.

    2. Drain the rice and set aside.

    Fry all the spices:

    1. Heat a pressure cooker over a medium flame add a spoon of butter(ghee) and oil.

    2. Add all the dry spices jeera, shah jeera, cloves, cashew nuts, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, bay leaves.

    3. Let the jeera splutter and cashew nuts turn the golden colour.

    4. Add onion slices and slit green chillies mix well, fry for a minute.

    5. Add a spoon of ginger and garlic paste. It gives excellent taste. This is optional.

    6. Fry till the raw smell disappears.

    7. If necessary add 1 1/2 spoons of oil. By adding oil the rice will not stick to the pressure cooker. 

    8. Pour 6 cups of water. Bring water to a quick boil over a medium flame.

    9. Taste and adjust the salt ( approximately 2 spoons)

    10. Add the soaked and drained rice to the pan stir well.

    Pressure cooking:

    1. Close the lid and pressure cook for 2 whistles. 

    2. carefully open the lid slowly mix.

    3. Take the jeera rice into the serving bowl

    4. Serve hot jeera rice with curd, raita or with any veg gravies or non-veg gravies.

    Recipe Notes

    If you don't like to pressure cook. Cook on the medium flame for 5 minutes and put it dum for 5 minutes.