Jeera or Cumin Rice

This rice dish is very commonly available in restaurants in India that mostly specialize in North Indian cuisine. Cumin adds a lovely subtle flavor to the rice. Since, it is very mild, it is usually paired with a spicy dal or curry.


This is a favorite in my household and my husband absolutely loves it along with dal. I will share the recipe of the dal shortly which will go really well with this rice. I had the rice with some baked paprika chicken and baked potato fries. You can also try the rice with Murgh Dahi Curry or Palak/ Spinach Tofu.


I used Sona Masuri for this recipe. But, you can also use Basmati rice, as it elevates the dish with its unique fragrance.

Below is the recipe.


Total PREP TIME : 30 Mins             



  1. Oil or Ghee – 2 Tbsp
  2. ½ Onion sliced
  3. Chopped ginger – 1 Tsp
  4. Chopped green chilli – 1
  5. Cardamom – 4 pods
  6. Black Cardamom – 1
  7. Cumin seeds – 1 Tsp
  8. Bay Leaf – 1
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Sona Masuri rice – 1 Cup (Alternative : Basmati rice)
  11. Water – 1 ½ Cups


  1. In a pressure cooker or a heavy bottom pan, on a medium heat, add oil, cardamom pods, bay leaves and saute for a minute. Once aromatic, add cumin seeds, sliced onions, chopped ginger, chilli, salt and saute until onions become soft.
  2. Meanwhile wash your rice twice and drain well.
  3. If you are using a pressure cooker, pour in 1½ Cups of water and bring it to a boil. Check for salt, cover and cook for 2 whistles.


If you are using a heavy bottom pan, pour in 2 cups of water, add the rice, and then bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat to a low and gently simmer until the rice is cooked.

4. Once cooked, gently fluff the rice with a fork and serve immediately. Enjoy!



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11 Comments Add yours

  1. mistimaan says:

    Nice recipe

    Liked by 1 person

  2. jyo says:

    Such a soul soothing food…one of my fav ❤❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Totally agree. Mine too! 😊


  3. What a coincidence, just finished drafting Jeera Rice Recipe and saw your post! Love this rice dish as it can pair with anything.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. 😀 Would love to check out your version of this dish. 👍🏼

      Liked by 1 person

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