Our jeera rice recipe is made using brown rice and two varieties of cumin. The most commonly used white cumin seeds and the very fragrant caraway seeds (shahi jeera). In India if someone were to be unsure of a restaurant’s menu or the chef’s skill, they resort to a portion of jeera rice accompanied by a bowl of dal. Jeera rice is impossible to screw up, unless you are determined to make a mess with it.
While making jeera rice pay attention to two things. The texture of rice and the amount of salt. Each grain of rice should remain perfectly cooked and intact. Mashed or sticky grains won’t suit any rice that you intend to stir fry. Hence cooking rice with the right amount of water is very important. Follow our recipe as is and you will get it right. As far as salt is concerned, add a little to begin with and balance it according to your taste. If you get these two things in place, you are guaranteed a perfect jeera rice every time.
Our jeera rice recipe will yield 4 servings, with 312 kilocalories in each. To follow our jeera rice recipe, you will need the ingredients listed below,
Ingredients, Measurements & Nutritional Values
|To Pressure Cook|
|Brown rice||250 grams|
|Water||450 to 500ml|
|Cumin seeds||1 teaspoon|
|To Stir Fry|
|Dried red chilli||1-2|
|Caraway (Shahi jeera)||1 teaspoon|
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- Cumin seeds contain a compound called cuminaldehyde which activates the salivary grands and facilitates primary digestion of food.
- Caraway seeds contain essential oils that are known to have antioxidant, digestive, carminative, and anti-flatulent properties.
- Brown rice is a good source of magnesium which regulates blood pressure and improves heart health.
Video Walk Through – Jeera Rice Recipe – Cumin Pilaf With Brown Rice
Instructions – Jeera Rice Recipe – Cumin Pilaf With Brown Rice
Prep Brown Rice
- Wash and sort brown rice thoroughly in running water.
- Transfer brown rice to a pressure cooker.
- Cover brown rice with water. The water level should be a millimetre above the surface of rice.
- Add cumin seeds and mix them in.
- Pressure cook for 4 whistles and allow the pressure to release naturally.
- Fluff the rice with a spoon or fork without breaking the grain and set aside to cool down.
Note: If you do not have a pressure cooker, bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Add brown rice and reduce the heat to medium. Add cumin seeds and cook until the rice is cooked. It should take between 10 to 20 minutes depending on the age of the rice. Drain the water and transfer rice to a plate. Fluff the rice using spoon or fork and set aside to cool down.
Make Jeera Rice
- Add butter to a large skillet or sauce pan on medium heat and allow the butter to melt.
- Add dried red chillies and caraway seeds. Splutter for a minute.
- Add almonds and brown them for a minute or two.
- Add the cooked brown rice and salt to to your taste. Gently mix everything well and cook for 2 minutes without breaking the grain.
- Serve hot with any of our curries.
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