Jeera Rice

Jeera Rice

Jeera rice or Zeera rice, is an Indian dish consisting of rice and cumin seeds. It is a popular dish in North India as an everyday rice dish.

It is easy to prepare, unlike biryani.

"Zeera" is the Hindi-Urdu word for cumin seeds, sometimes pronounced as Jeera.

Its very easy to cook and tastes really good. It goes well with almost every North Indian curry.

  Recipe Servings: 2 - 3
  Cooking time: 20 Minutes


  • Basmati Rice (uncooked) - 1 cup
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Onion (finely sliced) - 1
  • Red Chilli Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Black Pepper Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Water (to cook rice) - 2 cups


  • Wash rice properly until the water runs clear. Soak rice for about 30 minutes.

  • Drain out the water and keep it aside.

  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker on a medium flame.

  • Add cumin seeds into it. Let them crackle.

  • Then add finely sliced onions and sauté till the onions gets golden brown. Stir in between.

  • Now add already soaked and drained rice, water, salt, red chilli powder and black pepper powder. Mix well.

  • Cover the pressure cooker with the lid.

  • Pressure cook on high flame. When steam starts to escape from the valve, switch to the medium flame and let it cook for 4 whistles or for 7 minutes.

  • Then switch off the flame. When the pressure drops on its own, open the lid and fluff up jeera rice with a fork.

  • Jeera rice is ready to serve.

  • Serve hot with a curry.