Jeera rice or Jeera pulao is a simple but flavorful rice made with basmati rice and tempered with cumin (jeera) along with some spices.All these ingredients adds such nice aroma to this flavorful rice .
It is a popular Punjabi dish that goes well with almost all North Indian side dishes .I have added green chilies for spiciness but it is totally optional.
An easy one pot meal that could be easily made for a gathering or any occasion.Even bachelors can try this simple rice at home for it doesn’t require to qualify any mastery level.
PREPARATION TIME : 10 MINS
COOKING TIME : 10-12 MINS
1 cup basmati rice
1 & 1/2 cup water
2 tsp cumin
1 onion thinly sliced
2 green chilies slit
1 bay leaf
1 small piece of cinnamon
8-10 cashews (broken or whole)
2 tbsp oil
Soak the basmati rice for 20 -30 mins ,drain the water and keep it aside.
Heat oil in a pan,add the bay leaf,cardamom,cinnamon,clove,green chilies and saute for a minute in low flame.
Then add the Jeera/ Cumin ,onions and saute for 2 mins in low flame.
Now add the cashews and fry in oil.Then add 1 and 1/2 cup water,salt and bring it to boil.
When it boils add the soaked rice and let it boil again.
Let it boil in high flame .When the rice is seen on the top close it with the lid and cook for 5-7 mins in very low flame.Switch off the flame now.
Let it set for 15 mins.Jeera rice is ready to serve now.
Serve the Jeera rice with your favorite side dish and raitha.
TAKE CARE TIPS
Do not soak the rice for more than half an hour.
Adding green chilies is totally optional.
Add a tsp of ghee to the cooked rice for extra richness.