Ditch the boring rice dishes for this easy, exciting, and mouth-watering ‘Jeera' rice recipe! This famous rice dish combines the goodness of rice with spices that you temper with cumin seeds and green chillies.
‘Jeera' or cumin in English is the star ingredient of this dish. You cook the rice with 'Jeera' and some other ingredients in just under 30 minutes.
'Jeera' rice is not only delicious, but it also packs health benefits—cumin aids digestion, boosts metabolism, and supports weight loss. With a low glycemic index, it helps control diabetes and strengthens immunity.
This dish combines the goodness of cumin as a natural remedy for digestive problems with its enhanced taste and aroma of spices!
Your one-pot dish awaits, so why wait?
Follow the steps provided below to effortlessly make flavorful 'Jeera' rice at home!
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Jeera Rice Recipe
To make this 'Jeera' recipe, we will use a supreme and high-quality ghee that enhances the taste and aroma of the rice even more. The combination of the spices roasted in ghee elevates the flavour and aroma of the dish, making it even more delectable.
Note: Usually 1 cup of rice can serve 2 people. You can adjust the rice quantity depending on the number of people you are serving.
Let’s see what 'Jeera' rice ingredients you need for this recipe.
- 1 tsp A2 cow ghee
- 1 tsp cumin/'Jeera'
- ½ cup rice
- 1 cup water
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tej patta (Indian bay leaf)
- 2 green cardamoms
- 1 black cardamom
- ½ inch cinnamon
- ½ tsp of green chilli (optional)
- 2 cloves
- 1 to 2 single strands of mace
- 2 tbsp coriander, finely chopped
Remember, to make this 'Jeera' rice recipe, start by preparing the rice. Keep it aside for cooling before proceeding with the rest of the steps.
Below, you'll find a useful tip for cooking the rice.
The rice-to-water ratio always depends on the quality of the rice you use. Usually, organic rice requires more water to cook than regular rice.
While you can estimate the ratio visually, the recommended 'Jeera' rice water ratio is 1:2, indicating that for each cup of rice, you need two cups of water.
You can steam the rice in a protected pan to save the steam from escaping. This specific rice-to-water ratio ensures flawlessly cooked rice, where each grain is fluffy and delicious!
Here’s a Pro Tip:
- When using a conventional strain cooker, regulate the rice-to-water ratio to 1:1.5.
- For the Instant Pot, choose a ratio of 1.1.25.
Although the cooking approach stays the same; only the water ratio and cooking time vary.
Cook the Rice
Find the detailed instructions for the 'Jeera' rice recipe below:
Step 1: Rinse 1 cup of rice under cool water till the water runs clear of starch. (Rinsing removes some starch from the grains, which prevents them from sticking after cooking.)
Step 2: Soak the rice for 20-30 minutes. You can also soak it overnight if you have time.
Step 3: Drain all of the water and set the soaked rice apart.
Step 4: Heat 4 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
Step 5: Add the subsequent spices to it: bay leaf, green cardamoms, black cardamom, ½ inch cinnamon, 2 cloves, and 1 to 2 strands of mace.
Step 6: Add the soaked rice and 1 teaspoon of salt.
Step 7: Simmer the rice. (Taste the water to see if it tastes salty; it should)
Step 8: Cook the rice grains till they are tender. They must separate.
Step 9: Use a colander or a strainer to drain the water.
Step 10: Keep the cooked rice aside until it is completely dry and cool
Pro Tip: If you want, you can also wash the cooked rice. Before we add the tempering mixture to the rice, the rice has to be at room temperature.
Let the rice rest. We will go to the second phase of this 'Jeera' rice recipe.
Cook the Temper
Follow the below steps to prepare temper.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee in a ‘tava’ or pan. Put it on medium-low or medium heat.
- Add 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds when the ghee is slightly hot. (This will help you to get proper browning and crackling of the spices.)
- As soon as you add the spices, they will crackle and release their essential oils.
- Let the cumin seeds crackle, as they need to be well-fried.
- Add ½ teaspoon of chopped green chilli. Do not fry them too much so that they turn brown. (You can omit this part if you do not like spicy food)
Add Temper to Rice
Warning: Mixing the tempering mixture with hot rice may break the soft and tender rice grains as you stir. That is why we suggested cooling the rice before adding it to the temper.
Next, we enter the last phase of the cooking process of this 'Jeera' rice recipe.
- Add the tempering to the rice.
- You can use a fork or a wooden spatula to mix the temper with the rice grains. Do this gently so that you do not mash or break the rice grains.
Precaution: Do not use a spoon to stir, as it will break more grains than a fork. Also, keep any stirring to a minimum to prevent as much breakage as possible.
- Add 1 tbsp of chopped coriander leaves and gently mix or garnish when you serve.
Fun Part: If you have leftover rice, you can still prepare ‘Jeera Rice’. To do so, you will need the same set of ingredients and follow the same cooking process to prepare the temper. Simply add the cooked rice to the tempering, and your delicious ‘jeera’ rice will be ready to be served.
Drizzle some cow ghee on top of the rice when you serve it. This recipe is perfect and versatile as it goes with multiple side dishes from paneer curry to kadai mushroom or dal.
With this 'Jeera' rice recipe, you get a super fragrant dish with a delicious taste and warm aroma. Not only is this dish going to satisfy your taste buds, but it will also improve your digestive issues and contribute to overall health at large.
FAQs: Try This Restaurant-Style Jeera Rice Recipe (Cumin Rice Recipe)!
What makes Jeera rice different from regular rice?
Jeera rice stands out with its aromatic flavour infused by cumin seeds (jeera). The toasting of jeera in ghee before cooking rice adds a unique taste and also a low glycemic index.
Can I use brown rice or other grains for Jeera rice?
While traditional jeera rice is made with white rice, you could experiment with brown rice or other grains. Adjust cooking times and methods to achieve desired textures.
What are the health benefits of Jeera?
‘'Jeera'’, additionally referred to as cumin, possesses anti-inflammatory properties that facilitate digestion and the capability to decrease levels of cholesterol. It boasts a nutrient-wealthy composition consisting of iron, manganese, and antioxidants, promoting well-being when taken in adequate amounts through food.
How do I store and reheat 'Jeera' rice?
Store 'Jeera' rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. To reheat, sprinkle some water on the rice, cover, and heat in a microwave or on the stove. Fluff with a fork to restore its texture.
Delight your loved ones with a warm and homely meal with this 'Jeera' rice recipe. Indulge in the enticing flavours of restaurant-style 'Jeera' rice, a satisfying mixture of aromatic spices and cumin-infused goodness. Not only is this meal delicious and nostalgic, but it is also good for your cholesterol and heart! Find more authentic Indian recipes with Two Brothers Organic Farms that are good for your heart.