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Jeera (Cumin) Rice

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: basmati rice, cumin, jeera, rice
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 205kcal


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 2 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups water


  • Rinse the rice 3-4 times.
  • In a medium sized sauce pan, heat the ghee over medium heat.
  • Add the cumin seeds and cook until they sizzle.
  • Add the rice. Cook for 1 minutes while stirring.
  • Add the water, lemon zest and salt. Stir. Bring to a boil.
  • Cover and lower the heat to low. Cook for 12 minutes, do not stir and do not remove the lid.
  • Fluff with a fork before serving.


I like to eat it with plain yogurt – about 1/2 cup yogurt stirred into 1 cup cooked rice while the rice is still hot.


Serving: 85g | Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 71mg | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.1mg