July 8, 2017

Restaurant Style Zeera Rice Recipe | How to Make Zeera Rice

Restaurant style zeera rice is a mild yet flavorful rice recipe which can be had with any variety of dals, veg and non veg gravies.

Zeera Rice
In this restaurant style zeera rice recipe, basmati rice is first cooked fully with salt and whole spices and then mixed with zeera tempering. It's that simple.

This mildly flavored zeera rice also has a tinge of spiciness of green chillis. If you like crunch of nuts, you can add roasted cashew nuts to this zeera rice recipe.

This is one of the easiest way of making your meal grand to go along with your regular gravies. This can also be made and served to guests.

Recommended veg side dishes - dal lucknowigreen moong dal currypalak paneer

Recommended non veg side dishes - chicken currybhuna chicken

Also, you can find lots of other rice recipes on my blog like tomato ricespinach pulaocarrot ricecapsicum pulaobeetroot pulao and many more...

Zeera Rice

Zeera Rice

Author: Razina | Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Type: Main 
Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes | Yield: 3 servings 


For rice

  • 1/2 cup basmati rice, washed and soaked for 30 minutes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 green cardamom
  • 2 cloves
  • salt as required
  • 3 cups of water

For zeera tempering

  • 2 teaspoons ghee
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • coriander leaves for garnishing

Directions for making zeera rice recipe

1. Take water in cooking pot, add salt, bay leaf, green cardamom and cloves, bring to boil. Drain the soaked rice and add it to the boiling water. Cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes or till the rice is cooked.

2. Turn off the stove and drain the cooked rice using colander. Let it sit for 5 minutes.

3. Now spread the rice on a large plate / tray to cool it down completely.

4. Heat oil and ghee in a pan and add the cumin seeds. Saute till the cumin seeds are light brown and there is an aroma emanating from it.

5. Add chopped chillis and saute for few seconds.

6. Add the cooked rice and mix gently so that the cumin tempering is well incorporated. Cover and simmer for 2 minutes.

7. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve along with any variety of dals, veg and non-veg gravies.

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