28 June, 2011

Zeera Rice - Quick n Nutricious..

Zeera Rice
                   Jeera is the hindi word for cumin seeds. It is easy to prepare unlike a biryani. Jeera rice or cumin rice is a very popular dish in Indian cuisine. It is a very simple dish that is prepared with very minimal ingredients. Here rice is obviously the main ingredient , Jeera (cumin) is added to give flavor to the rice.

                  Basically zeera rice is the combination of rice,zeera or cumin seeds, salt n vegetable oil but here in my recipe, i added green chillies, ginger garlic paste, onions, mint leaves n little bay leaf to provide extra zing.

                  Since this recipe is quick n tasty n goes well with raitha or pickle, i make this when iam not in a mood for cooking.... Cumin is highly nutritious as well as  basmati rice. Cumin plays a vital role in the process of digestion....ok, now let's look at the process of making cumin rice?!....


Basmathi rice or long grain rice - 1.5 cups.
Zeera - 2 tbsp.
Bay leaf - 1/4 leaf (dry).
Green chilly - 2 (slitted).
Fresh mint leaves or pudina  - handfull (chopped).
Onoin - 2 (medium size-sliced ).
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp.
Salt - as needed.
Vegetable oil - 2 tbsp.
Water - 3 cups (it's in 1:2( rice:water) )


=> Clean n soak the basmati rice for half an hour.

=> Take 2 tbsp of oil in a  pressure pan, splutter 2 tbsp of cumin seeds n add in bay leaf.

=> Add in  a hand full of chopped mint leaves n stir-in for 5 seconds.

=> Add in slitted green chillies n stir in for about 3 seconds.

=> Add in 2 medium sliced onions n saute till golden brown.

=> Add in 2 tsp of ginger-garlic paste n saute till the raw smells disappears.

=> Add 3 cups of water, let it comes to boil.

=> Now add the soaked rice n salt n close the lid with the whistle on.

=> keep it on high flame exactly for 2 whistles, switch off the flame n let it b on the stove for 10 minutes as a standing time ( this is an alternative of "dhum method -Dum  really means choking the steam. This style of cooking give an unmistakable  aroma and a very unique flavor to the cooked food." ).

=> Now open the pressure pan, stir in gently n serve it with raita or pickles or with any north Indian curries.

Since it's nutritious n quick , it can be packed in kids lunch box for school.....

That's it....COOK n ENJOY.........n don't forget to share ur comments with me.....           

2 Post a comment:

Priya said...

Flavourful rice, super inviting..

Sharmilee! :) said...

So flavourful n yummy

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