Jeera Rice Recipe | How to make jeera rice

What is Jeera  Rice?

Rice flavored with cumin, a simple yet delicious rice preparation, often found on the dinner table in Indian households, with dal, kadhi and many gravies. In this Jeera Rice Recipe, cooked rice is tempered with cumin seeds, garnished with coriander to make an awesome accompaniment for most main course gravies etc.

Let’s talk about the ingredients for Jeera Rice

This recipe calls for cooked rice and the very basic cumin tempering. I have used a combination of ghee and oil for the tempering. I would strongly recommend using ghee for tempering the rice. Only oil won’t do justice to jeera rice. Little chopped coriander not only adds a gorgeous color to rice but also gives a hint of freshness. Since we are using cooked rice and we need to temper them, it should be ensured that the rice is not overcooked, otherwise, they might get mushy and broken. I have used long grain basmati rice. You may use broken or any other variety that you have.

Other rice recipes on the blog are

Vegetable dum biryani (my favorite rice preparation on this plane, I mean it), vegetable fried rice, gatta pulao etc.

Best way to team up Jeera Rice

Restaurant style rajma, dhaba style dal fry, gatte ki sabzi etc.



Simplest and most favourite accompaniment of most Indian gravies etc – JEERA RICE

 Jeera Rice Recipe

Course                   Side Dish
Cuisine                  Indian
Passive time         20-30 Minutes
Cook Time            12-15 Minutes
Servings                3-4 Persons

Ingredients for Jeera Rice

1 cup rice

Water as required

Juice of ½ lemon

Salt to taste

1 tbsp ghee

1 tbsp oil

1 tbsp cumin seeds (jeera)

1 tbsp butter

Handful of finely chopped coriander leaves

How to make Jeera  Rice

1. Soak rice for 20-30 minutes

Wash 1 cup rice gently but properly. Make sure not to break them while washing. Soak them in enough water. Add juice of half a lemon. Leave for 20-30 minutes.

Tip: Lemon juice ensures that the color of rice remains white.


2. Boil rice

After 20 minutes, discard the water in which rice was soaked. Heat enough water in another pan. Once it comes to a boil, add soaked rice and salt to taste and cook for 6 minutes on low to medium flame. The rice should not become soft. They should be just cooked. Adjust the timing to ensure that rice is not overcooked.


3. Let cooked rice cool down

Pass rice through a strainer and discard all the water. Spread cooked rice on a plate and let them cool down.

Tip: You may pop them in the refrigerator to fasten the above process.


4. Prepare tempering

Heat 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp ghee. Add 1 tbsp cumin seeds. Keep the flame low and cook cumin seeds till the crackle.


5. Add cooked rice and garnishing

Add cooked rice. Mix everything very gently. Cook rice for 2-3 minutes. Garnish with chopped coriander and 1  tbsp butter.


6. Bon appétit

Serve jeera rice with dal tadka and sirke wala pyaaz.



  • You may also add chopped green chillies to the tempering.

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  1. Sushila jaisinghani August 14, 2018

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