Jeera Rice

Jeera Rice

5 from 5 votes
An ideal Jeera rice or Indian cumin rice recipe with long, distinct rice grains that are deliciously flavoured. Jeera rice is a simple recipe and only a few basic ingredients are required to make it.

Cumin seeds are also known as jeera. That is where you get the name jeera rice, you can also call it cumin rice.

Today, I’ll share with you one of my favourite, tastiest, and simplest rice recipes. This side dish is amazing because it has fluffy rice grains hugged by earthy, pungent cumin seeds.

When you want fluffy, precisely cooked rice that is flavourful and quick to make, this recipe is the only one you’ll need to create jeera rice.

Jeera rice is a simple recipe and only a few basic ingredients are required to make it.

There is no doubt that this is the greatest and only recipe for Indian cumin rice that you will need. Perfect, fluffy, separated rice grains, and intense flavour!

You can pair your favourite Indian curry with this delicious side of jeera rice. Many people favour jeera rice over ordinary basmati rice, with their Indian curry.

When this Indian-seasoned rice can be made in the same amount of time as plain boiled rice, why bother making plain rice?

The plain rice recipe is elevated by the addition of cumin and fragrant whole spices. Simple, quick, and easy recipes like this one for jeera rice are the best!

I didn’t realise how uncommon it was to add cumin seeds to rice here in the UK. Brits tend to prefer a side of pilau rice.

Basmati rice is used to make jeera rice, flavorful seasoned rice that is mixed with cumin seeds and other spices in oil or ghee.

I didn’t use any ghee in this recipe but if you don’t have any ghee, you can also use a little butter.

The most crucial step in making this cumin rice recipe is washing the rice several times until the starch is clear.

Give the rice at least a 30-minute soak in adequate water, then completely drain it.

Is jeera rice good for health?

Due to its excellent source of hearty carbs, jeera rice is incredibly beneficial for children, adults, and the elderly. Additionally, it is easy to digest, free of gluten, and rich in plant components.

Is jeera rice good for weight loss?

Foods with a high glycaemic index, such as rice, should not be consumed by people trying to lose weight, those with cardiovascular disease, or those with diabetes because they interfere with the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar.

Which rice is best for weight loss?

Brown rice is the greatest variety of rice for shedding pounds. It boosts metabolism and speeds up weight reduction because it is a fantastic source of fibre.

Can we eat Jeera directly?

Jeera works wonders for digestion and guards against nausea, morning sickness, indigestion, gas, and diarrhoea. Chew a pinch of raw cumin seeds for quick relief from acidity.

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Jeera Rice

by Nabeela Kauser
An ideal Jeera rice or Indian cumin rice recipe with long, distinct rice grains that are deliciously flavoured. Jeera rice is a simple recipe and only a few basic ingredients are required to make it.
5 from 5 votes
Cook Time 15 mins
Soaking Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 221 kcal



  • Wash the rice until the starch clears and then soak for at least 30 minutes
  • Heat up the oil in a deep pan
  • Add the bay leaf, black cardamom, cinnamon stick and the cumin seeds and sauté for 1-2 minutes {See note 1)
  • Add the drained basmati rice and sauté for about 1 minute alongside the whole spices
  • Add the water and salt. Cook on high heat for 5 minutes until the water is almost evaporated
  • Once the water is almost evaporated add the coriander and mix together.
  • Cover the rice with a tight lid, reduce the heat to low and cook for 6-8 minutes. (See note 2)
  • Serve alongside your favourite Indian curry!



Note 1 – Make sure to keep an eye on the cumin seeds while sautéing it, the seeds tend to burn quickly.
Note 2 – You can add lemon juice when you add the water, this will help the rice not stick together
Note 3 – If you don’t have a tight-fitting lid, then you can add a tea towel under the lid. This will trap the steam inside.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 221kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0.4gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 300mgPotassium: 87mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 78IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cumin, Food, Indian, Jeera, Rice, Sides
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