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Jeera Rice


Once the rice is cooked, stir it lightly with a fork – this will keep the grains from sticking to each other. Keep the lid of the pressure cooker open while cooking, or else the steam will further cook the rice and make it sticky.

Basmati rice (1 cup)
Cumin seeds (jeera) (2 tsp)
Bay leaves (tejpatta) (1)
Clove (laung) (4)
Cinnamon (dalchini) (1 stick, 1-inch)
Desi ghee (1 tbsp)
Salt (to taste)

Wash the rice 2 to 3 times in fresh water and then soak it for half-an-hour.

In a deep-bottomed vessel, heat the ghee. Then, add in the tejpatta, laung, dalchini and jeera. Keep stir-frying for a minute.

Drain the water from the rice and add the rice to the vessel.

Then, add in 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Cover with a lid and lower the flame.

Keep cooking on a low flame till the rice is done and the water has evaporated.

serving tip
Serve the Jeera Rice hot with Punjabi kadhi pakora or raita.