Jeera Rice ( Cumin Rice)

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Cumins are Jeera (hindi, konkani) and jeerige ( kannada ). It is a masala item that is being used in almost all the masalas and seasoning of most dishes. It has good digestive properties too and hence the jeerige kasaya/soup that is served to people with stomach disorders etc. This recipe is yet another adding to the one-pot meals I have on this blog – tasty, easy to prepare and a good party dish too. Vegetable Kurma I found to be a good combination although you might also try some salad or chutneys. 

What you need to have:

1. Basumathi rice – 1 cup

2. Fresh Green Peas – 1 cup

3. Onion sliced – 1

4. Cumin seeds – 2 teaspoons

5. Cinnamon sticks – 2

6. Cardamom – 4-5

7. Masala leaf – 2

8. Cloves – 2

9. Resins – a handful

10. Bread slices – 2

11. Almonds & Cashews – a few

11-1-2009-013Basumathi Rice & Fresh Green peas

11-1-2009-017Ingredients of Seasoning

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and drain water from rice and keep it aside.

2. Chop onions and just crush cardamom as well and keep it aside.

3. Place cooker with 4-5 teaspoons of either pure ghee or cooking oil in it on the medium flame.

4. When heated add masala leaf and fry for about 10-15 seconds. Add cumin seeds and when it sputters add cinnamon sticks, cloves, resins, cashews and lastly add chopped onions from step 2 and required quantity of salt to it.

5. Keep stirring. When onions turn transparent add fresh green peas and stir for around 2-3 minutes.

6. Add washed rice from step 1 to it and also stir fry for 2 minutes. Add water as per measurement and cook it in the cooker for 15-20 minutes as ussal.

7. Separately break the bread slice into small pieces and fry it in either pure ghee or oil and mix it to Jeera rice before serving. Believe me, it will taste great ! 

Serve hot Jeera rice with Vegetable Kurma and is as shown in the image below. 

11-1-2009-020Ready to serve Jeera rice with Veg-Kurma


11-1-2009-019Jeera rice with Veggies

How long it takes: 60 minutes

Serves: 4-5


5 thoughts on “Jeera Rice ( Cumin Rice)

    trupti said:
    January 25, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    that looks wonderful!

      prathibalrao responded:
      January 26, 2009 at 5:27 am

      Hi Trupti,

      You too have a wonderful blog and thanx for ur comments.

    sapna said:
    January 27, 2009 at 6:28 am

    recipe looks good, but the way the jeera rice and kurma is served doesnt look appealing.kurma is preferably served in a katori rather than the center of the plate.

    prathibalrao responded:
    January 27, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Hi Sapna,

    I show the side dish every time in a katori itself. So thought of it for a change.

    Arundhuti said:
    February 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    this recipe looks very nice. i make jeera rice a little differently though..

    check out my version here

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