Jeera Rice

 Jeera Rice is a rice with the wonderful flavour of Jeera/ Cumin. This rice is very simple to cook and tastes great. The combination of spices makes this dish more tasty. It is optional to add the other spices. Addition of raisins gives it yet another sweet taste.
This was a hit in my house on a Sunday. The house was filed with the aroma of Basmati Rice. This rice is great for small house parties where it can be accompanied with some side dish like some type of fry.


2 cups Basmati rice
2 tsp Jeera/Cumin seeds
1 bayleaf
1 finely sliced Onion
2 tbsp Ghee (Clarified butter)
small stick Cinnamon
½ tsp Cumin seeds
2 Cardamom
2 Clove
10 Cashew nuts
1 inch piece Ginger
2 flakes Garlic
10-15 raisins/dry grapes
Salt – to taste


Make a paste with ginger, garlic and keep aside.

In a pressure cooker heat ghee and add cumin, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and cashew nuts and fry for few seconds. Add the raisins and let them pop up.
Add onions and saute till they turn pinkish.
Now add the ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell disappears.
Add rice and fry for about 2 to 3 Min’s.
Then add 4 cups of water and salt.
Mix properly and close the pressure cooker.
Pressure cook for 2 whistles and switch off the gas

Serve hot with raita or any side dish of your liking.


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