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Jeera Rice

14 Nov

Jeera Rice.

Jeera rice or cumin flavored rice is a simple rice preparation made with cumin seeds. Its a famous accompaniment to any gravy curry offered in almost all the restaurants. Cumin seeds are briefly fried in ghee or oil to extract all the flavor and then soaked basmati rice is cooked in the tempered oil till soft and fluffy.
Makes: 3 Servings of Cumin Rice / Jeera Rice.


Basmati Rice 1 1/2 Cups
Onion 1 Medium
Cumin Seeds 1 – 1 1/4 tsps
Ghee or Oil 2 tsps
Salt to taste

Method of preparation:

Peel and finely chop the onion.
Soak basmati rice in water for at least half an hour.
Strain the soaked basmati rice and keep aside.

Heat ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds and fry for few seconds.
Stir in chopped onion and fry till onion turns light golden brown.
Add strained basmati rice and fry for half a minute.
Pour 2 1/4 cups of water into the pan and season with salt.
When water comes to a boil, cover and simmer till all the water has been absorbed.
Fluff the rice with fork and serve jeera rice with any gravy curry.
Notes:Make sure to cook the rice right.

Suggestions:If the rice is not cooked well, sprinkle few tablespoons of water into the rice and cook covered on low flame till done.
Variations: Rice can also be cooked in lots of water till 70% done and strained. Its then added to tempered oil along with half a cup of water and cooked till done. Chopped cilantro and fried cashews can be used as a garnish.
Other Names:Cumin Flavored Rice, Jeera Rice.