Sunday, November 18, 2012

Jeera (Cumin) Rice

          After the hectic festivities and all the heavy food, it feels good to have something light and simple. Whats more relaxing then having simple Dal-Rice? And instead of simple white rice, I prefer to spice it up with Cumin and Cilantro which makes a big difference to the taste.

         Last Month, I gave the recipe for Dal Fry. So here is a recipe for the Jeera (Cumin) - Cilantro Rice to accompany the Dal (Lentil) Curry.


  • 2 Cups Basmati Rice
  • 2 tbsp Butter or Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • 2 tbsp Jeera (Cumin) Seeds
  • 1/4 cup finely Chopped Cilantro
  • 2-3 Cloves
  • 1-2 small pieces of Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Asafoetida
  • Salt to taste


  • Soak the Basmati rice for 20 minutes
  • Drain and then boil the the rice till it is done.
  • Heat the butter/ghee in a pan, add Asafoetida
  • Once the butter is heated, add the cloves, cinnamon and cumin seeds
  • Once the cumin starts to splutter, add the cooked rice.
  • Now add the salt and mix it well
  • Add the cilantro and serve it hot with any vegetable curry or lentil curry.

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