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Recipe for :

Jeera Rice - Cumin Seeds Rice

This is one of the recipes that has been provided by Vandana who is very much a keen cook of Indian dishes. Hopefully there will be more to come!

I asked Vandana for a little background information:

"I live in Pune, India. I am a South Indian so many of my recipes are from that area. I enjoy cooking and my family and friends do say that it is appetizing! By profession I am a Relocation Consultant and the India head of an International Charity. I hope that covers the introduction".


2 cups basmati rice
2 tbs cumin seeds
1" stick cinnamon (opt.)
4 cloves (opt.)
8 black peppercorns (opt.)
2 green cardamom (opt.)
3 cups boiling water
2 tbs ghee / vegetable or groundnut oil
salt to taste

  • Pick, clean and wash rice. Soak it in water for 15 minutes. Drain the rice.
  • Heat oil / ghee in a large pan and let smoke.
  • Put cumin seeds in pan. Let them crackle.
  • Add spices if using. Sauté for a minute on a low flame.
  • Add drained rice and sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Pour in boiling water and salt to taste.
  • Cover tightly and let it cook for 20 - 30 minutes or till cooked.

Serve with a curry of your choice.

Serves 6