How to Make Jeera Rice Restaurant Style

Jeera in the Hindi language means cumin seeds.

Hence Jeera Rice= Cumin seeds Rice.

Jeera Rice is a popular rice dish made with tempering cumin seeds and spices in oil or ghee.

This jeera rice recipe has a restaurant-style taste tempered with mild spices and ghee.

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Zeera rice placed on a white plate with green chilly and lemon slice

The flavor of jeera rice makes it an excellent accompaniment with various dal or bean curries. The addition of cumin seeds in the rice is nutritious and aids in proper digestion.

In India, jeera rice is usually made during festivities like marriage, parties, or special gatherings. It turns the plain white rice into a flavorful and delicious dish that suits the occasion.

I love having hot jeera rice with my perfectly tempered dal or palak paneer. But it also goes well with chana masala and butter chicken.

We just need three simple ingredients like basmati rice, cumin seeds, and ghee, and this easy jeera rice is ready in minutes.

Tips to Make Restaurant Style Jeera Rice

1. Rice- Look out for good-quality basmati rice. In this case, aged basmati rice works well. It helps in maximizing the tempered cumin flavor. However, if it is not readily available, you may use any white rice.

2. Ghee- Traditionally, ghee is used to temper the jeera rice in north India. However, if you do not have it handy, you may use sunflower or coconut oil.

3. Cumin seeds- are the primary ingredient that enhances the taste and flavor.

4. Other spices– The traditional recipe only uses ghee and cumin seeds to flavor the basmati rice keeping it light and easy to digest. However, you may use spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, mace, or bay leaf.

5. Soaking rice- Soaking the rice is essential before cooking as the grains expand and moisten up, thereby reducing the cooking time. Besides that, significantly less water is needed while cooking. Therefore, if possible, soak them for at least half an hour.

6. Green peas- I love to add greens to anything and everything, so this is my variation of making jeera rice with green peas. It tastes delicious with the greens peas; however, it’s optional.

Cooking Instructions

1. Rinse the basmati rice in a bowl at least 3-4 times so that the water runs out clear, Soak it in fresh water for at least 20 minutes and then drain the excess water and keep it aside.

This pic is taken before rinsing.

Rice soaked in water

2. Heat 1 tsp oil or ghee on medium heat, add 1 tsp cumin seeds and let it crackle.

oil added in a pressure coker and cumin seeds shown

3. Then add 1/3 cup of green peas and saute for a minute or until it becomes aromatic.

Green peas added to the pressure cooker with oil

4. Next, add 1.5 cups of water, let the water come to a rolling boil, then add the soaked rice and 1/2 tsp salt.

water added to the pressure cooker

5. Cover and cook until the rice is cooked.

top view of cooked zeera rice in a pressure cooker

6. Serve with your favorite dal or palak paneer.

zeera rice served with palak paneer on a white plate

Recipe card

Jeera Rice.

A rich and flavorful rice dish made during festivities or special occassions by temering cumin seeds and spices in ghee.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2


  • 1 tsp oil or ghee
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • cup water
  • ½ tsp salt add more or less as per taste


  • Rinse the basmati rice 3-4 times until the water runs out clear.
  • Soak it in fresh water for atleast 20 minutes.
  • Drain the excess water and keep the rice aside.
  • Heat 1 tsp oil or ghee in a pot.
  • Add 1 tsp cumin seeds and let it crackle.
  • Then add ⅓ cup of fresh or frozen peas and saute for a minute until it becomes aromatic,
  • Next add 1½ cups of water, let it come to a boil and then add the soaked basmati rice.
  • Cover and cook until the rice is cooked.
  • Serve with your favourite dal or palak paneer.
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