Sunday, February 22, 2009

Jeera rice

Rice plays an important part in our diet. I keep looking out for new rice dishes to pack for my hubby's lunch box. We usually eat roti one time and one time rice. I prefer to make one pot meal as it saves my time and energy when we are in hurry to fix some thing simple yet tasty. One of such dishes that I make regularly is Jeera rice. It is simple to make and tastes great too. I prefer rice made this way than the one we get it restaurants.
Here is what's needed:
1 cup Basmati rice washed well and soaked for 10-15 mins
1 tbsp Jeera
1 big onion sliced thin
5-6 cashews split (Optional)
a small bunch of coriander leaves finely chopped
1tbsp Oil/Ghee (Ghee tastes better though!)
Salt to taste
Procedure:
1) Heat ghee/oil and fry cashews if using. Keep aside. Add Jeera and fry until its golden. Add onions and sauté until slightly browned.
2) Drain the rice and add it to the onions. Fry for a min. ( I read in Neeta Mehta's book that soaked rice should not fried for long as it tends to break)
3) Add 2 cups of water and salt. Give it a good boil. Add chopped coriander leaves and mix once. Lower the heat to medium and cook covered till done. Let it stand for 5 mins. Fluff with the fork to let the steam escape. Garnish with fried cashew and serve with raita or Dal fry.
P.S : Do not mix the rice while it is cooking. This prevents it from breaking.

27 comments:

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I have never tried jeera rice! Yours has come out perfect I think...Thanks for the recipe!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Love the flovour of aromatic spice in rice. Looks tempting and yum.

Poonam said...

this is my favourite!!! I add slit green chillies for the extra spice!!

Dershana said...

I agree, the simplest yet one of the most flavoursome mixed rice varieties!

sowmya said...

looks yumm.. am planning to make this for dinner tonight..

Divya Kudua said...

Jeera rice is one of my favorite quick fix meals.Love the click too and the recipe cant get simpler than this,right?Will try for sure!!

Ashwini said...

All time fav and simple to make it any time..Lovely photo..yummm

Shama Nagarajan said...

a healthy quick one

Namrata Kini said...

I make Jeera Rice for a quick fix meal. Never added onions. Its just jeera and bay leaf for me. I make it by the pressure cooking method. Will try your version next time.

Deepa Hari said...

Jeera rice looks great...very simple and tasty...like ur version too.

Cham said...

One pot meal is really good for box! That is a yummy jeera rice!

Maya said...

Ya, I like to make one-pot meals too, easy to make and good to eat. Jeera rice with dal fry is our hot favorite too :).

DEESHA said...

I love jeera rice too .. such a simple comforting dish .. loved the pic

AnuSriram said...

Lovely! Delicious! This is the easiest and tastiest rice dish! It goes good with any kind of sabjis.

Uma said...

looks mouth-watering. Yummy!

Priya said...

Delicious n easiest rice dish..looks great..

Varsha Vipins said...

looks perfect..That grains are so long n stand out nicely..:)

Superchef said...

love jeera rice with some plain dal..it looks soo delicious!!

Namrata Kini said...

Ujwal you gave me the tip on freezing pizza dough. But I am confused whether to freeze it immediately after making the dough or after it doubles in volume. Can you help. I have never freezed bread dough.

Maya said...

Uj, in reply to ur comment, cauliflower kheeri kenna aykalilna haave! You shld blog about it, ek cauilflower event also assa, isn't it? The eventaka send karita tuve!

Red Chillies said...

We ordered this all the time at restaurants when we were in Bangalore. It is so aromatic and flavorful. Love your version.

Nithya Praveen said...

This is an easy yet a tasty dish.I love the cumin flavour....wonderful!

Nithya Praveen said...

This is an easy yet a tasty dish.I love the cumin flavour....wonderful!

srikars kitchen said...

my hubbys fav. looks delicious.. nice click..

VG said...

Yummo! I like adding grated carrots to it.

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Usha said...

My fave type of rice, looks delicious...great picture !

Uj said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments.

Poonam,
Have never added green chilli. Let me try next time.

Divya,
Thanks dear. do try and let me know if you liked it.

Maya,
Ihave to get the recipe form my hubby's haanv soon. Haan kednai taste kellale na.. But hubby says it tastes really good.

Supriya,
It is easy to make too.. You can try it next time :D

VG,
Thanks for sharing info that you can add grated carrots to it.. Will try next time and thanks for the award dear.