How to make Zeera Rice/ Cumin Rice/ Jeera Rice

08 Apr, 2017
Share - Posted on: 08 Apr, 2017
  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 15 min
  • Cook Time : 20 min

Jeera/ cumin Rice is very popular and easy recipe, which goes well with most of the north Indian dish. Since jeera rice is very mild in flavor, it can be eaten along with any dal, rasam, sambar or any gravy based curry.

Zeera rice can be prepared in over flame, Microwave or Rice cooker with same 2:1 ratio of water and rice.

Cumin rice can be on my in two different ways:

1. First tempered the cumin seeds along with other whole spices and ghee/oil. Once tempered pour the water, then add rice and let it boil.

2. First, boil rice with water and then tempered the cumin seed and whole spices and adds this tempered to boil rice.

Whatever the way you use, the end result is almost similar.


  • Rice 2 cups
    Bay leaves 1
    Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
    Oil 2 tsp
    Cloves 2
    Lemon juice 2 tsp.
    Salt 1 tsp
    Water 4 cups


Step 1

Wash the rice till water runs clear. Soak the rice for 20-25 min, but not more than 30 min otherwise will not get fluffy rice. After 25 min drains the excess water.

Step 2

Heat the oil in a deep pan over medium heat. Add cumin seed and sauté for 8-10 sec then add bay leaves and cloves sauté it for 30 sec.

Step 3

Once cumin seed start crackling, add 4 cups of water. Add lemon juice

Step 4

Add salt and let it boils. Once start boiling, add rice.

Step 5

Cover it with lid. Once starts rolling to boil reduce the flame to low and let it cook for 8-10 mins or till water almost absorb.

Step 6

Turn off the flame and let it stand for 5 min. then open the lid and garnish with cilantro.

Zeera rice is ready to serve with any curry or dal.


  1. 1. Don’t soak the rice over 30 min (if you are using basmati rice).
  2. 2. Once it starts boiling after adding rice, reduce the heat to low otherwise it can burn.



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Tags: Rice, Cumin, Basic Rice, All time favorite rice, Jeera


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