Zeera rice
Jeera rice
Zeera rice
Alternative namesZeera rice
CourseMain Course
Region or stateIndian subcontinent
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsRice, cumin seeds, onions

Jeera rice or Zeera rice is an Indian dish consisting of rice and cumin seeds.[1] It is a popular dish in North India and Pakistan as an everyday rice dish.[2] It is easy to prepare. "Zeera" is the Indic word for cumin seeds, often pronounced Jeera. The ingredients used are rice, cumin seeds, vegetable oil, onions, and coriander leaves.


Cumin seeds are fried in hot oil. Long grain Basmati rice and salt are added to it. Water is then poured and allowed to boil with covered lid at high flame. The rice then is steamed on low flame until all the water is absorbed.

Jeera rice is generally garnished with finely chopped fresh coriander leaves, but is also garnished with onion rings in some Indian hotels and restaurants.


  1. ^ "Rajmah and chawal rule royally over tastebuds". Times of India.
  2. ^ "Rices of the world - Epicure -". The Age. 18 April 2005.