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Authentic Indian Jeera Rice (Cumin Rice) Recipe

  • Author: Sheenam
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25
  • Yield: 2-3 servings 1x
  • Category: Mains, Sides
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Three ingredient authentic and easy fluffy Indian jeera (cumin) rice with the perfect texture. Dry and all grains separated, lets learn how to cook basmati rice.


  • 1 cup long grain rice (Note 1)
  • 2 tbsp oil 
  • 2 tsp jeera (cumin) seeds
  • 2 cups water


  1. Transfer the rice to a mixing bowl and wash with water at least 6 to 7 times until the rice until all the surface starch is clearly removed. Add 2 cups of water and your rice should be visible through the water layer.
  2. Let the rice soak in water for 10 minutes.
  3. To a wok or kadhai, add oil and let heat on medium flame for a few seconds.
  4. Add the cumin seeds and let them crackle for just 3-4 seconds.
  5. Now add the soaked rice with the water and cover with a lid and let cook for 10 minutes on medium flame.
  6. Turn off the flame and let the rice sit covered for 5 minutes. 
  7. Take the lid off and fluff the rice with a fork.
  8. Enjoy with rajma (red kidney beans curry) or malai kofta  & some yummy chutney.


  1. Always try to use long grain basmati rice to make Indian style cumin rice. They are aged and are perfect in flavor! 

Keywords: vegan, vegetarian, sides, rice, indian

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