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Friday, December 2, 2011

Jeera Pulao-Jeera Rice Recipe

Jeera (zeera) rice is a very simple and flavorful rice and can be prepared in a few minutes. It is the simplest of all flavored rice and goes well with most of the gravies we usually prepare for roti/chapati. Today let us learn how to prepare jeera pulao/rice following our easy jeera pulao recipe with step wise pictures.

Jeera pulao-Jeera rice

Jeera Pulao-Jeera rice (Cumin flavored rice)

Jeera Pulao-Jeera rice

 Prep Time : 5 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins (excluding soaking time)
 Serves: 1-2
 Recipe CategoryMain Dish-Rice
 Recipe CuisinePunjabi-Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Basmati Rice - 1 cup
   Salt needed

   For the seasoning

   Butter or Ghee - 1 1/2 tbsp
   Cinnamon - 2 inch piece
   Bay leaf - 1
   Clove - 1
   Star anise - 1 (optional)
   Cumin seeds/Jeera seeds - 2 tsp

   For Garnishing

   Fried Onion - 1-2 tbsp (optional)


Wash and soak basmati rice in water for 20-30 minutes. Drain and keep it aside.

soaked basmati rice


Heat butter or ghee in a pan, add cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf, saute for a few seconds and then add jeera seeds.


When jeera sizzles, add the drained rice and fry on medium heat until the rice is well coated with the ghee/butter.

cumin flavored rice

Add 2 cups of water and needed salt. Taste the water to check for salt.

jeera rice recipe

When water starts boiling, lower the heat and cook covered until the rice is soft. Fluff it with a fork and serve hot with any gravy side dish of your choice. Dal, paneer gravies, mushroom gravies, non veg gravies, all go well with jeera rice.

how to prepare jeera-pulao

If preferred, you can garnish with fried onions.

How to make jeera-pulao

Fried Onions (healthy way) - Slice onion thinly lengthwise. Dry it for 10 minutes in the sun or under the fan (optional). Heat 2 tsp of oil and fry the onions on very low heat until well browned. You need patience to do this otherwise you can deep fry the onions. 

You can cook rice in a rice cooker or pressure cooker or in a pan with a lid. Check out more details on how to cook basmati rice.

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  1. Love Jeera rice, but I'm sure in pulav form it must be really aromatic...

  2. Hey this is a good jeera rice. I too prepare in this simple way with another version.

  3. Love this simple flavoured and fragrant rice preparation..goes really well with spicy gravies and paneer dishes.

  4. Super flavourful pulao,inviting bowl.

  5. This has always been one of my hubby's favorite...loved the clicks! :)

  6. thats is something I always love...easy to prepare yet kinda exotic. beautiful clicks.

  7. Hi Padma, Thanks for dropping by and leaving a nice comment to my blog.Your profile is interesting and hobbies varied. Jeera rice is a regular feature at our place and in combo with paneer butter masala is yummylicious !

  8. Wonderfully flavourful rice... makes an awesome delicious meal ..:) Loved the simplicity of the dish..

  9. Mouthwatering recipe, this looks so good.

  10. I wanted to try this pulao for a long time. will make it soon :)

  11. Padhu, thanks for visiting my blog . You have a nice blog here.
    I love the flavour of jeera.Shall make this one and would tell you how it turned out.

  12. Looks delicious...love the cumin scented rice:)

  13. Padhu, thanks for stopping by!!

    a simple cooking blog.. :) good one for beginners.. and also almost every thing mentioned here is available at home.. so any recipe chosen can be made without much hiccups :)

  14. one of my favorite...looks tempting and delicious.

  15. i am vegeterian and ,,,i always lokking for this type of mast foods.........

  16. Hi All,
    Just wanted to share my personal ,generic note about this blog.
    Whenever I think of doing a different/common recipie, first thing i would do is looking into Padhuskitchen :) . The recipies I have tried out from padhuskitchen have come out well every time.It is more of like my database of cookbooks. Easy,simple,tasty,quick dishes are spotted in this blog. Its my favourite blog.

    Thanks to Padhu for her contribution..I always have a sister feel when I look at Padhu's pic & love to visit this sisterly blog often!!! :) :)

  17. Hey padma... love your site. . I always check here for every recipe cos I know I can trust your recipes...thnks alot

  18. Iam a beginner and thanks to you mam iam making the dishes simply and fast

  19. Black Pepper is not mentioned in the recipe.It also adds taste to jeera pulao.

  20. Such a quick recipe , I am preparing every week now !! Thanks ☺

  21. m makin awesome jeera rice these days!!! thanks!

  22. hi padhu,
    Thanks for your recipes and especially accurate measurements due to which your dishes coming out well when I try!!! Also, super like for your style of not using more ghee/other fatty products. Excellent job!!

  23. This jeera Pulao Recipe is looking like my mummy made recipe. Simple and yummy :)

  24. Bless you for all your recipes! My first and only go-to site for anything related to cooking 👍🏻

  25. Can we use ponni or jeeraga samba rice??

  26. yet another rice recipe I tried because of your blog :)
    was very happy with the result. Thanks for the reliable recipes!

  27. Hi paddu...i am a regular follower of your blog...any new dish before trying its my habit to check paddus kitchen.....😊.... btw can we use shahjeera in place of jeera for jeera rice....


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