This rice is a delicious side-dish for any Indian curry. I learned this one at my Indian Cooking Class and from the moment that I first made it, I fell in love with it.

It has a slightly different taste, it complements the food really well and it’s quite healthy (since it’s brown rice).

Brown rice is a whole grain that is less processed than white rice. It has more fiber than white rice and it’s a good source of folate, riboflavin (B2), potassium and calcium. On top of that, brown rice is very high in manganese, a mineral that is vital for many important processes in the body, such as bone development, wound healing, muscle contraction metabolism, nerve function and blood sugar regulation.

Jeera Rice (Cumin Rice)

A delicious side dish for your favorite Indian dishes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 220 kcal


  • 250 g basmati rice (I used brown rice)
  • 500 g water
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 whole cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Heat up a pot (dry). When the pot is hot enough, add the cumin seeds and dry roast them for 1-2 minutes. Afterwards, add the oil, bay leaves and the cardamom pods and fry for another minute
  • Add the rice and the water, stir it up and let it simmer for about 25 min (until there's no more water). Towards the end, turn the hob to low so that the rice doesn't stick to the pot
  • When the water evaporated, stir the rice and try to remove the pods and the bay leaves. Enjoy it along side an Indian curry (goes best with Coconut Rajma)
Nutrition Facts
Jeera Rice (Cumin Rice)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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