|Alternative names||Zeera rice|
|Region or state||Indian subcontinent|
|Main ingredients||Rice, cumin seeds, onions|
Jeera rice or Zeera rice is an Indian dish consisting of rice and cumin seeds. It is a popular dish in North India and Pakistan as an everyday rice dish. 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.