Jeera rice recipe. Basically there are two ways to prepare jeera rice and this recipe article details both methods. You can choose a method which is convenient for your time and budget.
Jeera rice or cumin rice – one and the same thing?
In Hindi language, cumin seeds are also known as jeera. This is how this famous rice dish got its name from jeera rice. So, this rice dish can also be known as cumin rice. So jeera rice or cumin rice are one and the same. It’s an aromatic, lightly spiced rice dish with whole garam masala and earthy flavors of cumin.
Jeera rice is also one of the most popular Indian rice dishes served in restaurants. many people prefer to have jeera rice instead of regular basmati rice to accompany dals or curry dishes. Tempering with cumin and fragrant whole spices elevates the simple rice dish up a notch.
Making jeera rice using either of the two methods is easy and even singles can do it. You can prepare it for guests or special occasions or also for everyday food when you want to spice up your meals. As mentioned above, I have shared two recipes or methods of preparing jeera rice that are described below.
1. Restaurant style jeera rice
- This jeera rice recipe gives a restaurant style taste and is slightly spicy, fragrant and tastes too good with the intense flavors of cumin.
- In this recipe method, the rice grains are first cooked with whole spices. Then, a tempering with cumin and green peppers is carried out. This tempering is then added to the cooked rice and combined. This method of making jeera rice is mainly used in restaurants.
- Optionally, the rice can be cooked with saffron strands to add color and flavor to the cumin rice.
- This method is also useful if you have leftover cooked rice. If you are using leftover cooked rice, change the ingredients according to the amount of rice.
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2. Jeera pulao or jeera rice – one pot method
- In this jeera rice recipe, first the jeera and whole spices are sautéed in oil. Then the rice is cooked with the spices. This method is similar to that of making pulao. Therefore, this jeera rice can also be called jeera pulao.
- This is a one pot method and can be done both in a pressure cooker or in a pot or pot. In this second method of preparing cumin rice, the rice soaks up the flavor of jeera (cumin) and whole garam masala very well because everything is cooked together in one pot.
- This jeera rice tastes very alike to the jeera rice which we get in Punjabi dhaba minus the red-orange and yellow color. If you want color, add saffron or turmeric. Better to use natural colors than artificial ones.
For cooking rice
▢ 1 cup of basmati rice
▢ 4 cups of water
▢ 1 tej patta (Indian bay leaf)
▢ 2 green cardamoms
▢ 1 black cardamom
▢ ½ inch cinnamon
▢ 2 cloves
▢ 1 to 2 single sprigs of mace
▢ 1 teaspoon of salt or as needed
To temper the Jeera rice
▢ 2 tablespoons of oil or 1.5 tablespoons of ghee (clarified butter)
▢ 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds
▢ 1 green pepper – chopped, optional
▢ 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
- Rinse the basmati rice until the water is free of starch. For 30 minutes, soak the rice then drain all the water. Set aside.
- Heat 4 cups of water until it boils. Add all the whole spices. Add the rice and salt. Simmer the rice over low heat, uncovered.
- The rice grains should be cooked until tender and yet separated. Strain the water and keep the cooked rice at a side.
- If you want, you can also rinse the rice with room temperature water. This stops the rice from cooking and keeps the grains separate.
Make Jeera rice
- Heat the oil in a small pan. Add cumin / jeera.
- Let them crackle. They must be well fried otherwise you will taste uncooked cumin in the rice.
- Add the green peppers. Stir for a few seconds. No need to brown the peppers.
- Add the tempering to the hot or lukewarm rice.
- Using a fork, gently stir the tempering with the rice grains. Even if some grains of rice break, it’s okay. Make delicately, taking care not to break the grains of rice.
- Add the cilantro and toss gently or garnish the rice with cilantro when ready to serve.
- Serve the jeera rice hot or warm with a dal or vegetable/paneer curry.