June 16, 2019

Jeera Rice / One Pot Meal / Lunchbox Recipe

Jeera rice is a simple yet flavourful rice which tastes delicious with any varieties of gravy and dal. The cumin and ghee flavoured basmati rice gives a lovely aroma while cooking and quite easy to make. There are many ways in preparing this aromatic rice and this is one of the easy method using one pot. The basmati rice is cooked along with the spices and jeera to give a flavourful dish. This is also a perfect lunchbox recipe. 

Prepared this aromatic Jeera rice for a Recipe Swap group challenge which is happening among bloggers. The bloggers will be paired each other and we need to cook recipes from the fellow bloggers webpage. I was paired with Jayashree Trao who blogs at evergreendishes.com. Her blog has many interesting, delicious and authentic recipes. I chose this delicious rice from her page as my family loves this rice. Click HERE to view her style of preparing Jeera rice. The recipe calls for pressure cooking but I made a change in that and did a slow cooking method.

Here comes an aromatic and flavourful Jeera rice....

Ingredients :

2 Tbsp Ghee 
2 Bay leaves 
2 Cloves 
2 Elachi 
1 inch Cinnamon 
1/4 Tsp Shajeera 
1 Tsp Cumin / Jeera seeds
1 onion, finely chopped 
2 Green chillies, sliced 
Few Mint leaves 
1 Cup Basmati Rice 
2 Cups Water 
Salt to taste 

Method :

Wash and soak basmati rice before starting the cooking process.

Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan and add bay leaves followed by cloves, cinnamon, elachi, shajeera and cumin/jeera seeds.

Fry and add the finely chopped onion followed by green chillies and mint leaves.

Saute until the onion turns translucent and add the measured water along with the required quantity of salt. Let it boil.

Now drain the water from the rice and add it to the boiling water.

Simmer the flame and cover it with the lid.

Cook until the rice gets cooked.

Switch off the flame and keep it aside for 5 - 10 minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves or mint leaves and serve.

Alternative method :

Fry some cashews and jeera in a ghee and then add it to the prepared rice.

Serving Options :

Serve with any gravy varieties and dal fry. 

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  1. Perfectly looking jeera rice... so well made...

  2. Jeera rice is a favourite meal of mine any time, any day! :)Yours looks simply perfect and absolutely delicious. :)

  3. Jeera rice looks perfectly done. Each and every grain looks cooked so properly. would love it with some dal tadka

  4. I love jeera rice as it goes so well with all curries. Yours looks delicious and perfectly cooked. Hi

  5. The jeera rice looks tasty and perfectly made. It is one of the dishes I often make at home. Thankyou for trying it.

  6. Jeera rice looks great with each rice grain cooked to perfection. I love having mine with tadka dall.

  7. Jeera rice looks so perfectly done. A comfort food when paired with dal

  8. Jeera rice looks perfect and goes well with all curries.First time I have been here.your place is perfect with all choices of food.

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