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Steamed jeera rice served fresh in a black bowl with a side of Indian curry.

Perfect Jeera Rice (Indian Cumin Rice)

This recipe for jeera rice (Indian steamed cumin rice) will never fail you! You don't need a rice cooker or fancy equipment to make this. Just a few ingredients and a pot and you'll have fluffy, flavorful jeera rice ready in under 10 minutes.
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Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Basmati, Chawal, Gluten Free, How to make steamed rice, Indian Cuisine, Jeera Rice, Rice, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4 Portions
Calories: 208kcal
Author: Richa


  • 1 cup Long grain Basmati Rice
  • 2 cups Water + extra for soaking
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee
  • 1 Bayleaf
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Jeera Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Green Chilli or Serrano Pepper, chopped finely
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Coriander chopped for topping


  • Wash the basmati rice a few times, and then soak it in enough water so that the rice is completely soaked and has an inch of extra water on top. Soak the rice for at least 30 minutes.
  • When you are ready to cook, drain all the water from the rice and set the rice aside.
  • Heat ghee in a pot and add the whole spices and cumin seeds to it. Once the cumin seeds start spluttering, add the chopped green chilli and drained rice to it. Saute the rice in the pan for two minutes on a medium flame. This helps add more flavor to the rice.
  • Add two cups water and salt to the rice and mix well. Bring the rice to a quick boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for approximately five to six minutes, till all the water has evaporated and the rice is cooked through. Top with chopped coriander and serve hot.


Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 338mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg