Jeera fried rice

Jeera fried rice


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About this recipe: In India, jeera is the word for cumin. This Indian fried rice is fragrant and delicious.

Moomal Abro

Serves: 3 

  • 200g (7 oz) basmati rice
  • 600ml (1 pint) water
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

  1. Wash rice well and soak in salted water for 30 min.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy or nonstick pan. Add onions and fry till dark brown. Remove onions and set aside, but reserve the oil in the pan.
  3. In the same oil, stir-fry cumin, peppercorns and bay leaf for a few seconds.
  4. Drain rice, reserving the water, and add the rice to the frying pan. Add sugar, stir gently, fry till rice is light brown. Add cinnamon and cloves, and stir. Add reserved water and bring to the boil.
  5. Lower heat and simmer covered until rice is the cooked and the water evaporates. Rice should not be sticky when finished. Spoon the onions on top to serve.

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Reviews (2)


I enjoyed this recipe, served it this evening with the Beef and Spinach curry off this site. I liked the final presentation with the onions served on top of the rice, rather than just mixed in. It is a little longer to prepare and cook than most rice dishes, but well worth it for a tasty change. - 25 Mar 2010


Loved this recipe! Tasted great and truly authentic. Went well with the Baked Indian spice chicken recipe on this site. - 22 Feb 2012

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