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Jeera rice
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4 from 3 votes

Jeera rice, Jeera rice recipe

Restaurant-style cumin flavored rice recipe, in a pressure cooker
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Soaking time20 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2
Author: Jeyashri suresh


  • ¾ cup Basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds | jeera
  • 2 tsp Lemon juice
  • Salt as needed
  • 1 Green chili optional
  • 1 cup water
  • Coriander leaves few


  • Wash and soak the basmati rice in 1 cup water for 20 mins.
  • In a pressure cooker add 1 tbsp ghee.
  • Once it becomes hot, add in the slit green chili and cumin seeds.
  • Adding cumin seeds once the oil is hot brings out the best flavour of the jeera rice.
  • Drain the water from the rice and keep the water aside.
  • Add the rice to the cooker and saute for 2 minutes, without breaking the rice.
  • Add the water to this, the water in which we soaked the rice.
  • Now add in the salt and lemon juice.
  • Lemon juice is added to make the rice fluffier and it gives a nice white colour as well.
  • Mix well.
  • Cover the cooker and cook for either 2 whistles or cook for 1 whistle and keep in very low flame for 7 minutes.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Let the pressure release naturally.
  • Open the cooker and gently mix the rice from the sides.
  • Add few chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve with any paneer based gravy or simple dal.
  • We had with dhaba style dal.



1. I tried adding ¼ tsp of ginger garlic paste in this recipe and it was too yum.
2. Adding lemon juice will not give any sour taste or bitter taste, so do no omit.
3. Sauteeing the rice in ghee makes the rice to get cooked in separate grains. 4. Restaurant-style jeera rice tastes best with Dhaba style dal tadka.