Jeera Rice Recipe | Jeera Fried Rice Recipe

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Jeera Rice or Zeera Rice is one of the simplest and easiest flavored rice recipes. As the name suggests, the rice is flavoured with cumin seeds. It has buttery undertones and herby vibes from the generous amounts of fresh coriander. You can make this jeera rice recipe within minutes and pair it with gravies, curries, or dal. Jeera rice elevates the taste factor and you won’t go back to having plain rice with your favorite side dishes.

Types of Jeera Rice Recipe

Jeera rice can be prepared two ways. The raw rice is first sautéed using ghee/clarified butter, along with cumin and whole spices like bay leaf, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, etc. After that, the rice is cooked the usual way by adding water to it. This is how many caterers make zeera rice. You might have tasted it at the weddings. The rice has a slight golden color from being sautéed. This jeera rice recipe is ideal when you want to make it on a larger scale.

This is the other way to make zeera rice. The rice is first cooked. Then a tempering is prepared with butter, cumin, and green chilies. The rice is added to the tempering and stir-fried until the rice grains just begin to make a crackling sound and get some color. You can say that this is jeera fried rice. This is how most restaurants and dhabas make their jeera rice recipe. It is an ideal way to make jeera rice when you want to make smaller servings.

How Much Should you Add to the Rice?

I have been following this rice : water ratio since several years and getting perfect results every time. Please note that it works only for the aged rice varieties. This is the formula for calculating the amount of water that you should add to the rice.

Quantity of water (in cups) = 2 * Quantity of Rice (in cups) + 1/2 cup

So if you have 1 cup f rice, you will need (2*1) + 1/2 = 2.5 cups of water.

Similarly, if you have 1.5 cups of rice, you will need (2*1.5) + 1/2 = 3.5 cups of water.

Serving Suggestions for Jeera Rice Recipe

Everything tastes twice as good when you serve it with jeera rice. In restaurants, it is often ordered with dal fry, dal tadka (recipe here) or dal makhani. It’s a terrific combination; the ultimate comfort food. But it pairs perfectly with gravies, chicken curry and vegetables too. If you are looking for side dish recipes, vegetable or meat curry recipes, gravy recipes for jeera rice, check out the links given down below.

Now let’s take a look at the ingredients and preparation of jeera rice recipe with step-wise photos.

How to Make Jeera Rice Recipe

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Jeera Rice is a rice preparation with a tempering of butter, cumin seeds, and green chilies, garnished with fresh coriander. Each grain of basmati rice is draped in the entrancing fragrance, making it a delightful companion for your favorite dal tadka, vegetable, and meat curries.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
For Preparing the Rice
  • Aged basmati rice - 1 cup, soaked for 45 minutes
  • Water - 2 & ½ cups
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - ½ tbsp
For the Tempering
  • Butter - 2 tbsp
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Green chilies - 4, finely chopped
  • Coriander leaves - a handful, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Rinse and soak the basmati rice for about 45 minutes. Then drain it.
  2. In a pan or kadhai, combine water, salt, and oil. Bring it to a boil.
  3. Add in the rice and continue to cook on medium heat.
  4. When the layer of water over the rice vanishes and you begin to see holes developing throughout the layer of rice, turn the heat to low. There still should be plenty of water under the layer of rice. You could check it by stirring the rice gently with a spoon.
  5. Cover the pan/kadhai with a well-fitting-lid and keep a heavy item such as a mortar on top of the lid so that the steam won't escape. Cook the rice on dum for 7-8 minutes on low heat.
  6. Turn the heat off and let the rice rest in the unopened pan for 10 minutes. Then open the pan and fluff the rice with the back of the slotted spoon, so that the grains of rice won't break.
  7. To prepare the tempering, heat butter and oil in another pan/kadhai.
  8. When the butter melts, add the cumin seeds. Saute on low heat until they become golden and crunchy. Be careful not to burn the butter.
  9. Add the green chilies and saute until they begin to change color.
  10. Add in the cooked basmati rice.
  11. Turn the heat to high. Stir fry the rice for a minute of two tossing it around carefully. You will hear the cracking sound because of stir-frying and the rice will get some color.
  12. Finally, garnish with coriander leaves and give it a final mix.
  13. Jeera rice recipe is ready. Serve hot with dal tadka, dal makhni or your favorite side dish. Enjoy!

 

Jeera Rice Recipe with Step by Step Picture Below


Step 1

Prepare the ingredients for making the plain rice.

ingredients for making plain white rice


Step 2

Rinse and soak 1 cup aged basmati rice for about 45 minutes.

soaking the basmati rice


Step 3

Drain it.

basmati rice soaked ans drained


Step 4

In a pan or kadhai, combine 2.5 cups water, salt to taste, and 1/2 tbsp oil. Bring it to a boil.

boiling water for cooking plain rice with salt and oil


Step 5

Add in the rice and continue to cook on medium heat.

adding rice to the boiling water


Step 6

When the layer of water over the rice vanishes and you begin to see holes developing throughout the layer of rice, turn the heat to low. There still should be plenty of water under the layer of rice. You could check it by stirring the rice gently with a spoon.

cooking the rice in an open pan


Step 7

Cover the pan/kadhai with a well-fitting-lid and keep a heavy item such as a mortar on top of the lid so that the steam won’t escape. Cook the rice on dum for 7-8 minutes on low heat.

cooking the rice on dum


Step 8

Turn the heat off and let the rice rest in the unopened pan for 10 minutes. Then open the pan.

rice cooked and ready


Step 9

Fluff the rice with the back of the slotted spoon, so that the grains of rice won’t break.

fluffing up the rice


Step 10

Prepare the ingredients for the tempering.

ingredients for jeera rice tempering


Step 11

To prepare the tempering, heat 2 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp oil in another pan/kadhai.

melting the butter for making jeera rice


Step 12

When the butter melts, add 1 tbsp cumin seeds. Saute on low heat until they become golden and crunchy. Be careful not to burn the butter.

adding cumin seeds to the tempering


Step 13

Add 4 finely chopped green chilies.

adding green chilies to the tempering


Step 14

Saute until they begin to change color.

jeera rice banane ki vidhi


Step 15

Add in the cooked basmati rice.

adding rice to the jeera tadka


Step 16

Turn the heat to high. Stir fry the rice for a minute of two tossing it around carefully. You will hear the cracking sound because of stir-frying and the rice will get some color.

mixing the jeera rice


Step 17

Finally, garnish with a handful of finely chopped coriander leaves and give it a final mix.

garnishing the jeera rice with coriander leaves


Step 18

Jeera rice recipe is ready. Serve hot with dal tadka, dal makhni or your favorite side dish. Enjoy!

jeera rice banane ki vidhi

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Saloni Shah
    September 1, 2017 at 4:52 am

    i luv hw each grain of rice is sepreted…not stiking tghther..nice recipie

  • Reply
    imtiaz ali
    September 5, 2017 at 9:05 am

    got hungry looking at this recipe

  • Reply
    kaveri rajesh
    September 6, 2017 at 10:31 am

    very easy and nice jeera recipe.

  • Reply
    aparna sharma
    September 12, 2017 at 5:26 am

    wo background me kya hai jee with rice?

    • Reply
      Monica
      November 16, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Hi Aparna. That’s dal makhani 🙂

  • Reply
    Girija
    September 14, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Aap kaunsa rice istemaal karte ho monica?

    • Reply
      Monica
      September 14, 2017 at 9:33 am

      I have used lal quila basmati rice for this recipe.

  • Reply
    kalpita jain
    October 7, 2017 at 4:18 am

    wow! this makes me crave for jeera rice and paneer tikka masala

  • Reply
    Sonali Mishra
    November 16, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    mujhe hamesha se purane chawal banane main dikat hoti thi..paani ka andaza galat ho jaya karta tha.. aapka diya hua formula try kia..bahot hi behtareen chawal pake.. thank you so much!

  • Reply
    anjali krishnawat
    November 23, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    isme surati kolam use kare kya?

    • Reply
      Monica
      December 7, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Anjali. Haan, aap surti kolam se bhi jeera rice bana sakte hain. Par purane chawal lein. Naye nahi.

  • Reply
    neela sejpal
    November 25, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    i love all your recipes dear.. excellent work!

    • Reply
      Monica
      December 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Thank you very much for the compliment. 🙂

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