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Jeera Rice

Jeera Rice is a delicious aromatic side dish that goes perfectly with many Indian and Pakistani recipes. My Cumin or Jeera Rice recipe only requires 3 ingredients and is super quick and easy to make.
Course Main Meal, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani, Pakistani/Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 244kcal


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon jeera cumin
  • 2 cups water plus extra water for soaking the rice
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander for garnish optional


  • Place rice in a bowl and cover it with water until it is completely submerged in water. Let the rice soak for 15-20 minutes.
  • While the rice soaks, heat oil to medium high in a pot.
  • Add the chopped onion and fry it until its golden brown.
  • Once the onion is golden brown, add a splash of water (about 1-2 tablespoons of water) and immediately cover the pot with its lid. This helps to achieve the beautiful golden colour of rice that you see in the pictures.
  • After the rice has been soaked, drain the water completely.
  • Remove the lid after about a minute or so, and add the jeera (cumin) and saute for 30 seconds or so. Note: jeera or cumin burns very fast so 20-30 seconds is more than enough. As soon as the jeera releases its aroma, no need to saute it anymore.
  • Now add the rice (after the water has been drained completely) and saute it for a minute or so.
  • Now add 2 cups of water, season with salt and bring to a boil.
  • Once most of the water has evaporated, reduce the heat to the lowest setting and cover the pot with a lid.
  • Let the rice cook completely in its steam for about 5 minutes and then remove from heat.
  • After 10 minutes remove the lid, and fluff the rice with a fork.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander and serve with raita!


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg