Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cumin Rice ( Jeera Rice )

Jeera rice (Cumin rice) is a simple and delicious rice variety that made its way into my kitchen courtesy of my father in law.He tasted this rice at a restaurant and wanted to replicate it at home,as a result, on one of those occasions when the entire family seemed to be tinkering in the kitchen we landed up making this rice for the first time.

Since then this has been a regular feature in my kitchen. Combine this with any curry and you have a flavorful, delicious meal. Try this when you have some side dishes that tend to be heavier and you want something more flavorful than just plain rice and an alternative to the usual pulao or biryani.

Jeera Rice photo 768e8817-0615-42fb-8bad-87f0dfabbff0_zpsa46c829f.jpg

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Ingredients and method to make the Cumin Rice (Jeera Rice )
1 1/2 cup long grain basmati white rice
2 Thai or Indian variety green chillies (cut lengthwise)(optional or according to taste)
1 and 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
3 tsp clarified butter (ghee/nei)
salt to taste

Place the rice in a large bowl, fill with water and swirl with hand and drain water. Do this a couple of times. Fill the bowl with 1 and 3/4 cup of water and allow to soak for 15 to 20 mins. Proportion of water to rice is 1 and 1/4 cup of water for 1 cup of rice.  Pressure cook the long grain basmati rice with soaked water until cooked but with each grain separate. When the pressure subsides, open pressure cooker, remove rice and allow it to cool a little.

For rice cooker instructions scroll to the end of the recipe

In a large heavy bottomed pan heat the clarified butter and add the cumin seeds to it.
When the cumin seeds sizzle, add green chillies and stir a few times
Add the cooked rice and salt and mix well.

Serve with curry of choice.
Serves about 3 to 4.

Notes:
Oil can be used instead of clarified butter but this rice tastes best when made with clarified butter.

Variations:
Chopped red onion (about 1 small one for this quantity of rice) can be sauteed along with the green chillies for a slightly different flavor.

Rice Cooker Directions:
If using the rice cooker, wash and drain rice as mentioned above and place the rice in the rice cooker along with water in the ratio of 1 : 1.5 cups. That is for 1 cup of white rice, use about 1 and 1/2 cups of water. Allow the rice to soak for 15 to 20 mins, then set the cooker to white rice settings. When the rice is ready,allow to cool slightly. Place a small pan on medium heat and heat clarified butter/ oil, add cumin seeds, then green chilies as mentioned above, then pour the entire clarified butter + cumin seeds on the cooked rice. Add salt to taste, mix gently and serve. 

18 comments :

srikars kitchen said...

Wow... simple & delicious rice... looks yummy & awesome.. nice click,, thxs for sharing..

Divya said...

Simple, bet it tastes good. Have been wondering where you were for the last two days... would have buzzed you demanding a post if I did not find a post today :))

jo said...

basmati rice is so flavourful with all sorts of spices. i can already imagine a plate of spicy vegetable curry next to it. yum!

sowmya said...

I love this one with dal fry..good one..

Cham said...

I love the jeera with malai koftas, yummy rice :)

Dershana said...

I like this one. Nice entry :-)

Archy said...

Wow, simple and best dish forever.. !! Tagged u do check !!

raaji said...

nice and simple.perfect when in a hurry.....

Uma said...

this is such a lovely rice Usha! Thanks for sharing. I love the bowl too.

Valarmathi said...

Simple and delicious really bcos i tried out your jeera rice. Came out perfect. Used variations u said - just added onion.

Priti said...

Simple and tasty..always jeera rice...looks perfect

Swati said...

Hi Usha
The jeera rice is an all time fav..I love it with matar paneer and boondi raita...My mouth is watering after reading your post..

Pam said...

Simple and full of flavor. I will definitely bookmark this recipe.

Lore said...

I've come to love cumin so much in the past couple couple of years (after hating it my entire childhood) so I always keep my eyes open for new ways of using it in the kitchen but I've never used it with rice. Looks delicious, thank you for the inspiration Usha :D

Meera said...

Simple & delicious! I loved it with all the spicy gravies.

VG said...

I love Jeera rice. I make mine with grated carrots or I add in peas.

Divya said...

Usha, I have tagged you for a meme on my blog on today's post. Have fun!

Jaime said...

that rice looks delicious. i love cumin

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