Jeera means cumin , this was a pulao which gets its flavor from the cumin seeds added to it. Jeera rice / Zeera rice is an Indian and Pakistani dish consisting of rice and cumin seeds. This rice dish is known as Zeera rice in Pakistan. It is easy to prepare unlike a briyani . Jeera is the hindi word for cumin seeds.
This rice goes well with any spicy gravy. This was a easy to make rice with cumin and other spices cooked along with the rice.
Cumin is good for digestion and it is a coolant to our body.
Rice – 2 cup
Cumin seeds – 1 ½ tbs
Butter – 2 tbs
Oil – 1 tsp
Cinnamon – a stick
Cloves – 3
Bay leaf - 1
Salt as required
Wash and soak the rice for 15 minutes.
Heat the butter and oil together in a pressure cooker.
Add the bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves and cumin seeds. Let all the spices fry in oil for a minute.
Add the soaked rice and fry for two minutes.
Add about 4 cups of water and required salt.
Close the lid and pressure cook for two whistles.
When the pressure subsides , open the lid and stir gently.
Jeera rise is ready to serve.
Serve with any spicy gravy of your choice.
We had it with malai kofta curry.
Cashew and onion slices can be added while frying the spices.