March 09, 2023

Jeera Rice / Jeera Pulao - North Indian Saatvik Lunch

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 Jeera Rice is prepared very often in my place and it is one of our family favorites when we want to enjoy some light meal but packed with flavors . Jeera Rice is an inseparable part of any festive North Indian fare . If the spread is heavy then jeera Rice or Matar (Peas) pulao are perfect choice to balance the meal .

Jeera Rice pairs well with Dal Tadka, Rajma ,Chole and even Matar Paneer and can be enjoyed as a solo meal by itself. 

So common that it is in my home,I hardly realised that it has not been blogged yet . I was surprised myself and then decided to go ahead and blog it  today itself without any further delay. 

Jeera Rice or jeera pulao ,whatever you may call, is very easy and simple to make.Absolutely doesn't require any fancy ingredients nor is the process complicated.  Jira Rice is one of the earliest recipes  I learnt while experimenting in the kitchen .

Jeera Rice is a perfect recipe for beginners ,bachelors or hostel staying kids where they can enjoy some healthy meal at their own comfort. If you have no time to make a gravy ,one can enjoy it with salted chilled dahi/yogurt or even a simple raita .

Basmati rice works best for any pulao and so is the case with Jeera pulao too,but incase you don't have it or dislike the aroma of Basmati we can easily use sona masuri or kolam variety of rice too . Ensure that you use the rice:water ratio properly to get the perfectly fluffed up and grainy Jeera Rice.

This morning, I decided I should make some special meal as we were all bored eating the usual South Indian fare.  Quickly decided to prepare a simple ,Saatvik (no Onion No garlic) North Indian Thali . Deciding the menu didn't need much brainstorming as I had some boiled chole in my fridge which got made as Chole Masala and some soaked up Sabudana/ Jawwarsi from Breakfast helped me make the delicious Sabudana Kheer /Jawwarsi Payasam which took care of the dessert .

Click the individual menu names below for the detailed recipe .

Sabudana Kheer 

Chole /Channa Masala 

Jeera Aloo 

Wheat Puris 

Jeera Rice  (recipe in the post below)

Salted Dahi  - Chilled yogurt flavored with salt,chilli powder  and cumin powder

Masala Chaas 

Fryums /Papads

Preparation Time - 10 mins

Cooking Time - 15 mins

Complexity - simple

Serves - 2 to 3


1.5 cups basmati rice 
3 cups water 
2 green chillies chopped finely 
2 tsp jeera /cumin
2 cloves
1 bay leaf
2 cloves 
3 tbsp ghee (use oil for Vegan) 
Salt as needed


  • Wash the rice well and drain it in a colander for 10 mins
  • Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker ,splutter jeera when the ghee is hot,followed by the cloves ,green chillies, cardamom and bay leaf .
  • Add the rice and quickly roast it on low flame until you get a nice aroma.
  • Add the water , required amount of salt and pressure cook on medium flame for 2 whistles. 
  • Let the pressure release naturally, slowly open the lid and fluff the rice lightly without breaking it.
  • Garnish it with fresh corriander and serve hot. 

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  1. I agree with you Jeera rice definitely is wonderfully flavorful rice. I don't think I have made it ina ages. Have some boiled chana. Looks like I will be duplicating your thali tomorrow. Thanks I need some change too. -Archana

  2. I going to make this satvik thali over the weekend. My husband will be back and we have a cousin visiting so it will be a celebration platter.

  3. we too LOVE jeera rice esp on sunday brunch - with a curry and this satvik thali, I could use a day off from the kitchen if you are cooking - Kalyani

  4. The satvic thali looks so good. Jeera rice is loved at home and keep making it regularly.

  5. Satvik thali is so irresistible.Awesome dishes Priya.I just love Jeera rice.-Preethi

  6. Made this fragrant jeera rice today itself. Loved it with dahi kadhi . It is good to have jeera rice in summer. Infact many a times, my son enjoys this jeera rice as standalone. Later he has the kadhi. Hilarious isn't it! Well, the flavors of jeera rice are so alluring.

  7. Such a fragrant jeera rice. We loved making this with palak paneer today, ate and enjoyed the flavours a lot.


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