1. Wash and soak rice in water for 20 mins. Drain water completely.
  2. Heat ghee or oil in a cooker. Add bayleaf, cardamom,cloves, cinnamon,star anise,mace,black pepper and cumin seeds.Saute for 1-2 mins,let the cumin seeds splutter.
  3. Add sliced onion,green chilli and sauté until it turns light brown.
  4. Add drained rice and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add salt, water and stir well. Bring it to a boil and then cover with a lid .Pressure cook for 2 whistles.Once pressure releases, gently fork rice with a spatula or fork.
  6. Serve hot Jeera rice with veg kurma / peas masala / dal fry / any spicy curry / just pickles.
Recipe Notes
  1. If you want you can omit all the whole spices and onion.Just flavor the rice only using jeera.
  2. Instead of jeera you can use shahi jeera / caraway seeds. That is more flavorful.
  3. Another method of making it : Pre cook rice.Keep oil in a kadai. Season with the above ingredients. Add salt and precooked rice.Mix everything well. Lastly add little cumin powder.Mix and serve hot.
  4. If you want you can add few cashew pieces too.


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