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Jeera Rice | Rice Recipe in 20 minutes

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Jeera Rice Recipe | Rice Recipe in 20 minutes | Lunchbox Recipe

Jeera rice recipe is simply a boiled rice,  tempered/cooked in ghee and cumin seeds. One of the simplest yet tasty Indian food, which can be a quick fix lunch box recipe.

This recipe makes its way into the tiffen boxes of school children, college and office goers in India.

One more important point – Jeera rice can be prepared with leftover rice! Plus it is a good break from the monotonous white rice.

Also, this article will focus on the South Indian style of cooking. You may also prepare this same dish in different other ways.

This is a bowl of flavorful variety rice that goes well with any vegetable curry (like aloo matar curry), paneer butter masala restaurant style or any chicken/mutton gravy.


Jeera Rice – Step by Step Instructions with Photos:

  • In a kadai- Heat oil and add the sliced onions. Saute them until they are golden brown and crisp. You may shallow fry them as shown in the attached video or you could also deep fry them. Transfer it to a plate and keep them aside for later use. [Medium-High flame]
jeera rice fry onions
  • In the same kadai, heat up some ghee. Allow it to melt. Now add all the whole garam masalas mentioned above ( bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise). To this add some cashews and saute them until they turn slightly golden. Now to the same, add slit green chillies and cumin seeds(jeera). Give it a saute for 1-2 minutes. [Medium Flame]
jeera rice spice
  • Now add the soaked jeera rice and give it a good mix. You may use jeera(seeraga samba) rice or basmathi rice anything of your choice. Give it a good mix.
jeera rice adding rice
  • Now, add milk, water and salt. Give it one last mix. [Medium Flame] You may follow the same procedure in pressure cooker too, but make sure to reduce the water quantity by half cup.
jeera rice water milk
  • Cover & cook for 15-20 minutes. [Low Flame]
jeera rice cover and cook
  • After 20 minutes, open and spread the fried onions on top. Mix gently using a small spoon or fork to avoid mashing or rice from breaking.
jeera rice onions
  • Finally garnish with some more fried onions and serve hot with any gravy/curry.


Read Further

Non Veg Recipes: 
1. Mouthwatering Seer Fish Fry - South Indian Style!
2.How to make delicious Mutton Ghee Roast at home!


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