There are few weekends when you are in no mood to cook an elaborate meal or you don’t have any veggies in stock nor in a mood to dine out. Scenario at my home last weekend was something similar. Weekend is the only time we all have lunch together.So i wanted to make something fancy,delicious yet simple and quick. ” Jeera Rice / Jeera Pulao ” is one of those easiest one pot meal, that can be made in minutes,without much effort .Pair it up with any spicy curry .. a bowl of hot steaming jeera rice is all gone..That’s how flavorful and delicious it is.I in fact love to eat it without any side dish too…

Jeera rice is basically cumin flavored rice.I also add some whole spices and onion to it ,which makes the rice more fragrant.It’s so easy to make it with just a few ingredients easily available in kitchen.In spite of its simplicity, probably Jeera Rice is one of the most hot selling dishes in a restaurant or a big gathering.Without further ado,here goes the recipe of Jeera Rice…


Smitha Kalluraya
Course Main Course
Cuisine north indian
Servings 2 portion


  • 1 cup Basmati Rice /Any rice
  • 2 tsps Cumin Seeds Jeera
  • 1 No Bay leaf / tejpatta
  • 1 No Cardamon / Elaichi
  • 2 - 3 Nos Cloves/ laung
  • 1 -small piece Cinnamon/ dalchini
  • 1 -small piece Star Anise
  • 1 -small piece Mace / javitri
  • 5 - 10 Nos Black Pepper
  • 1 onion, Sliced ( optional )
  • 2 - 3 green chilli, (optional) -just slit
  • 1 - 2 tbsps Ghee / oil
  • 2 cups Water
  • To Taste Salt


  • Wash and soak rice in water for 20 mins. Drain water completely.
  • Heat ghee or oil in a cooker. Add bayleaf, cardamom,cloves, cinnamon,star anise,mace,black pepper and cumin seeds.Saute for 1-2 mins,let the cumin seeds splutter.
  • Add sliced onion,green chilli and sauté until it turns light brown.
  • Add drained rice and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add salt, water and stir well. Bring it to a boil and then cover with a lid .Pressure cook for 2 whistles.Once pressure releases, gently fork rice with a spatula or fork.
  • Serve hot Jeera rice with veg kurma / peas masala / dal fry / any spicy curry / just pickles.


  1. If you want you can omit all the whole spices and onion.Just flavor the rice only using jeera.
  2. Instead of jeera you can use shahi jeera / caraway seeds. That is more flavorful.
  3. Another method of making it : Pre cook rice.Keep oil in a kadai. Season with the above ingredients. Add salt and precooked rice.Mix everything well. Lastly add little cumin powder.Mix and serve hot.
  4. If you want you can add few cashew pieces too.

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  • Reply
    Linsy Patel
    June 30, 2014 at 11:41 am

    love the addition of onions in it.

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    Ramya Venkateswaran
    June 30, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    delicious rice dear

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    June 30, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Lovely.I am yet to try this.Looks so nice !!

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    Vibha Sp
    June 30, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    always like to eat it with kurma , lovely dish

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    Babitha costa
    June 30, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    flavourful rice

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    Subha Bose
    June 30, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I love this one, it is easy to make. I have it along with boiled egg.www.candycrow.com

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    June 30, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    My fav rice…looks delicious…http://kurinjikathambam.blogspot.in/

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    Eliza Lincy
    June 30, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    This rice seems so tasty and also rich in flavours. Liked your version.

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    June 30, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    My all time fav ..I make it almost every sundays…lovely clicks dear…

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    June 30, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Delicious jeers rice..flavorful with lot of spices

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    Shweta Agrawal
    June 30, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    beautiful jeera rice with onions…totally love the flavours and colors:)

  • Reply
    June 30, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Delicious rice…yummy..

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    Gayathri Sathyanarayanan
    July 1, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Looks yummy. Wish to have with any North Indian gravy.

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    Nalini Somayaji
    July 1, 2014 at 4:20 am

    simple and tasty jeera Pulao..

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    Rafeeda AR
    July 1, 2014 at 4:58 am

    love this rice anytime…

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    Preetha Soumyan
    July 1, 2014 at 9:13 am

    wow really delicious

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    July 1, 2014 at 9:54 am

    How tempting, your bowl of jeera rice is Smitha! Lovely, your creations never cease to amaze me!! 🙂 Even I like to have it without any side dish sometimes, as you said, tastes just as good.

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    Sony P
    July 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Love to eat with hot dal and raita….. Looks yumm!!

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    Meena Kumar
    July 1, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Awesome rice Smitha.True,weekends are only time we can have lunch together and laziness also creeps in:) .Hey must say the first pic has come out really well.

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    July 1, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Wow what a tempting n lovely rice

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    Siddhartha Joshi
    July 2, 2014 at 7:58 am

    The last shot is so yum! — Afghan in Kashmir

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    Latha Murthy
    September 11, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks alot. – 4 JEERA Rice

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