Jeeraa Rice is a very simple rice preparation using the aromatic basmati rice variety. Jeera i.e. cumin seeds are used to temper the basmati rice, which impart a unique and delicious flavour to it.

Basmati rice has been used since long in the traditional cooking of biryanis and pulaos due to it’s long grain aromatic flavour which goes very well with any spices and gravies too! Jeeraa Rice goes very well with Punjabi Gravies and aromatic daals!

Check out the following daals and gravies to be had with this delicious Jeeraa Rice….

  1. Mutter Paneer
  2. Daal Fry
  3. Murg Makhani
  4. Chole Masala
  5. Chicken Korma
  6. Daal Tadka
  7. Paneer Makhani
  8. Rajmaa Chaawal

For some more aromatic rice dishes, do take a look at the following recipes too….

  1. Vegetable Pulao
  2. Biryani Rice
  3. Paneer Vegetable Pulao
  4. Chicken Pulao
  5. Prawns Pulao (Kolambi Bhaat)

Here’s the recipe for the delicious Jeeraa Rice ….

Prep Time : 10 min + 30 min (soaking)

Cooking Time : 20 min

Serves : 4-5


  • 1 3/4 cups Basmati Rice
  • 1 tsp Salt…. Approx
  • 3 1/2 cups Water

For The Tempering :

  • 2 tbs Homemade Ghee
  • 1 1/2 tbs Cumin seeds


  1. To make the aromatic Jeeraa Rice, rinse the basmati rice atleast twice and soak it in sufficient water for half an hour.
  2. Use a pan to boil the mentioned quantity of water for cooking the rice.
  3. When it reaches a rolling boil, drain the soaked rice grains and add them to the boiling water alongwith the salt.
  4. Stir lightly to prevent the grains from sticking to the bottom.
  5. At this stage the temperature of the water might drop. Cook further on high heat till it once again reaches a boiling point.
  6. Next, reduce the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid.
  7. Continue without stirring with the lid closed, till the rice is fully cooked.
  8. Swtich off the heat and set it aside.
  9. Heat a small kadhai for tempering and add the ghee to it.
  10. When it heats up, add the cumin seeds. Switch off the heat as soon as they splutter add pour the tempering over the cooked rice.
  11. Give it a light mix and cover with a lid for about 5-10 minutes.
  12. Serve this delicious and aromatic Jeera Rice with a delicious gravy of choice!

Pictures depicting the steps of cooking :












Author: tastyrecipesfrompooja

An artist by nature, I love painting, travelling to different places and photographing nature, gardening, crochet, reading, etc. It's my nature to give my best to anything and everything I do. From a person who could cook very few dishes..... I have converted myself to a person who now can cook varied dishes! I like perfection in all my work. Reading a lot of recipes, watching different famous chefs' cooking shows on television and observing their methods, techniques and tips very closely and studiously what has made me a very good cook today. Though there are numerous recipes I haven't tried my hand at..... there are many other in which I have gained exerpertise only by trial and error! I still watch all interesting cookery shows on TV to gain more knowledge on cooking techniques of other cultures from here and abroad!! Nowadays, I have started adding healthy twists to my dishes as and when I can without compromising on their original taste. Started this blog to share a few recipes of mine with all other cooking enthusiasts! Happy cooking to all! 😃


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