Jeera Rice (Cumin Rice)

Delicious and fluffy, this easy recipe is loaded with warm spices and exotic flavors. It's the perfect Indian rice dish.

What is jeera rice?

"Jeera" means "Cumin" in Hindi, so jeera rice is essentially an Indian rice dish seasoned with cumin seeds.

What You'll Need

Basmati rice Water Ghee Indian bay leaves Cumin seeds Whole cloves Cinnamon stick Strand mace Green cardamom pods Black cardamom pods Star anise Green chili Low-sodium veggie broth Salt Fresh coriander

Rinse and Soak the Rice


Place the rice in a large bowl and cover with water. Stir and strain. Repeat 2-3 times, then cover with warm water and let it sit.

Bloom the Spices


Melt ghee in a pot and add Indian bay leaves, cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon, strand mace, green cardamom, black cardamom, star anise, and green chilis.

Cook the Rice


Add rice to the pot. Let it cook for 3 minutes, then pour the veggie broth in, add salt, and bring to a boil. Cover and cook.

Fluff the Rice


Remove the pot from the heat and let it rest for 20 minutes. Then uncover and add the coriander. Gently fluff the rice while mixing.



Add it to your serving plates and enjoy it with your main dish!

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