Jeera rice recipe (restaurant style)

Jeera rice recipe – restaurant style cumin flavored rice dish. It is mild yet very flavorful.

Jeera Rice Recipe - Restaurant style | How to make jeera rice

In this jeera recipe, first basmati rice cooked with whole spices. Then tempering or tadka is made from clarified butter, cumin seeds, cashew nuts and green chili. After that cooked rice is added to tadka and mixed. Yes it is that simple to make.

I have already shared another method of making jeera rice which is one pot method. You can choose any method for making jeera rice. either way it tastes good.

Many restaurants serve this rice which has cashews, raisins in it. It is also very lightly spiced with green chilies. I like the crunch of nuts here and there while eating dal-rice. So I have tried this method to share restaurant style jeera rice recipe.

There are many days that you are bored of having plain rice with dal. That time make this jeera rice, just for a change.

Also it is best to have on dinner table for guests. It looks more impressive than serving plain rice to your guests.

Check out other restaurant style rice dishes
Hyderabai veg dum biryani  //  Vegetable pulao  //  Veg fried rice  //  Biryani rice


How to make Jeera Rice (Step by Step Recipe with Photos):


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1) Wash the rice under running cold water till water runs clear. Soak in enough water for at least 20 minutes.

2) After 20 minutes, drain the rice.
soak and drain rice

3) Take the rice in a pan. Add water, salt and whole spices (cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom and bay leaf).

4) Turn the heat on medium and let come to a boil. Then let it simmer for 15 minutes uncovered on medium-low heat.
Jeera Rice Recipe - Restaurant style | How to make jeera rice

5) Check the rice grain, it should be cooked. Turn off the stove.

6) Drain the excess water using strainer or colander. Let it drain for 5 minutes.
Jeera Rice Recipe - Restaurant style | How to make jeera rice

7) Then spread the rice on a large plate. So there will be no lumps of rice. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes. Then proceed.

8) Once rice is cooled down a little bit. Heat the ghee in a pan on medium heat.
Jeera Rice Recipe - Restaurant style | How to make jeera rice

9) Once hot add cumin seeds. Saute till cumin seeds are light brown and you will get the aroma of cumin.

10) Add cashew nuts.
Jeera Rice Recipe - Restaurant style | How to make jeera rice

11) Roast with stirring constantly till cashews are light brown in color.

12) Add green chili. Cook for 30 seconds.
Jeera Rice Recipe - Restaurant style | How to make jeera rice

13) Then add cooked rice and chopped cilantro.

14) Stir very gently till everything is mixed and incorporated well. Turn off the stove.
Jeera Rice Recipe - Restaurant style | How to make jeera rice

It is ready to serve. If not serving right away then keep it covered. So it stays warm.

Serving suggestion: This can be served with dal recipes like dal fry, dal tadka, dal makhani, pakora kadhi. Or it can be served with curry or gravy recipes like matar paneer, aloo palak, capsicum curry.

Notes:

  • Soaking the rice ahead of time is important to get soft and nice cooked rice grain.
  • Once rice is cooked, it is important step to spread them on plate. So you will have rice grain separated. and no more lumps of rice.
  • Addition of cashews are optional. I have added because I just wanted to make similar to restaurant one.
  • Along with cashews, you can add raisins as well.

Jeera Rice Recipe - Restaurant style | How to make jeera rice

Jeera rice recipe, restaurant style

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 2 Servings
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

For cooking rice:

  • ½ cup Basmati rice
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ inch Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 Green cardamoms
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 3 cups Water

For tadka or tempering for jeera rice:

  • 1 tablespoon Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Cashew nuts
  • 1 small Green chili finely chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons Cilantro or coriander leaves finely chopped

Instructions

Cooking rice:

  1. Wash the rice under running cold water till water runs clear. Soak in enough water for at least 20 minutes.
  2. After 20 minutes, drain the rice.
  3. Take the rice in a pan. Add water, salt and whole spices (cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom and bay leaf).
  4. Turn the heat on medium and let come to a boil. Then let it simmer for 15 minutes uncovered on medium-low heat.
  5. Check the rice grain, it should be cooked. Turn off the stove.
  6. Drain the excess water using strainer or colander. Let it drain for 5 minutes.
  7. Then spread the rice on a large plate. So there will be no lumps of rice.
  8. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes. Then proceed.

Making jeera rice recipe:

  1. Heat the ghee in a pan on medium heat.
  2. Once hot add cumin seeds. Saute till cumin seeds are light brown and you will get the aroma of cumin.
  3. Add cashew nuts. Roast with stirring constantly till cashews are light brown in color.
  4. Add green chili. Cook for 30 seconds.
  5. Then add cooked rice and chopped cilantro.
  6. Stir very gently till everything is mixed and incorporated well.
  7. Turn off the stove.

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