Jeera Pulao ~ Cumin Rice

I guess I will start off today’s post with a small incident that happened over the past week… Azza and I were watching a movie on TV. During the ad break, I was busy staring at the necklaces displayed in a jewelry ad – you agree that they are really tempting, irrespective of whether you have the funds to buy them or no, or even if you can buy them, whether you would ever use them!!! Azza looked at my face…

Azza: Ummikk aa thain vaana? (Ummi, you want that chain?)
Me: Venallo, pakshe abba vaangitharoola (Yes, I do need it but abba wouldn’t buy.) *Sad expression*
Azza: Atha vaangi tharallo… (Azza – she calls herself Atha – will buy for you!)
*Starts searching something in her pant’s little pocket and pulls out a 50 fils coin, flashes it to me excitedly*
Azza: Ummikithu vechu vaangi thara, pakshe Athanteduthu chillarayullu… (I will buy for ummi with this, but Atha has only coins!) *Worried expression*

I was so overwhelmed by her show of love. I just hugged her tight and assured her that ummi is perfectly fine without that gold chain. It only goes on to reinforce how big gifts children are from the Almighty… Alhamdulillah for my two gems!!! πŸ™‚


Off to today’s recipe, nothing much fancy… but a rice that I love to make during my lazy Fridays, apart from the Neychoru. It just tastes awesome with any spicy non-veg curry… Looking at the way I make it…



Jeera Pulao ~ Cumin Rice

Course Rice
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 tbsp olive oil *
  • 3 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 2 cups basmati rice washed and drained
  • 3 1/4 cup hot water
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat oil in a large saucepan. Splutter the cumin seeds. Saute the onion and ginger till the raw smell is gone. Add the basmati rice and saute for 5 minutes till crisp. Add in the hot water. Adjust the salt. Allow it to boil on high flame and then reduce the flame. Allow it to cook on simmer with closed lid till done.
  • Serve with any vegetarian or non-veg curry...
  • * You can add ghee or butter or any other oil instead of olive oil, as per your wish...

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  1. Yeah kids r a real treasure from the Almighty…. πŸ™‚

    1. Really true Razina… πŸ™‚

  2. The scent of cumin is the star attraction. Made something similar so I can vouch on the taste.

    1. Thank you so much Nava…

  3. Simple and looks very healthy.

    1. Thank you so much Asiyakka…

  4. Simple yet tasty flavourful rice.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

    1. Thank you so much Lisha…

  5. Rice looks so tasty…yes children are great gift from son used to collect gift coupons (he thinks that is money with that we can buy car, tv etc) whenever I tell don't have money to buy those stuff he give that coupon and tell you buy with this…

    1. Thank you so much Resna… so sweet of ur son… πŸ™‚

  6. My all time favorite rice.. Your little angel is just too cute.. God bless her..

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  7. Super flavored jeera rice πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Asha… πŸ™‚

  8. Rafe, these kids are filling our life by their innocent love.. god bless them..:)

    Jeera rice flavor is tempting… Adding ginger will enhance its flavor more..:)

    1. Thank you so much Tanya… πŸ™‚

  9. soo sweet of ur little one.Easy and aromatic jeera rice

    1. Thank you so much Babi…

  10. Quick and flavorful rice…..!!

    1. Thank you so much Sony…

  11. What a coincidence! I too uploaded a post on rice.
    Loved reading your post.

    1. Thank you so much dear…

  12. Simple flavorful all time favorite

    1. Thank you so much Harini…

  13. So cute Azza is….innocent and so sincere….
    Jeera rice looks the flavor of cumin

    1. Thank you so much dear Anupa…

  14. Quick and aromatic rice !

    1. Thank you so much Sangeetha…

  15. Oh your little one is so sweet Rafee. I know how it feels when your kids shower you with their true love…
    Rice looks delicious and easy

    1. Thank you so much Rekha…

  16. Al time fav.. Love as such or with sides..

    1. Thank you so much Smitha…

  17. Awww!! Azza is so sweet.. Hugs..
    Jeera rice looks very flavorful and comforting..

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi…

  18. Yummy jeera rice and is that a new chicken curry peeking from the side…

    1. Thank you so much Meena… yes, the chicken curry will be coming soon… hehe…

  19. Yes dear ,kids are real innocent gifts from the Almighty…the way they talk, think,show their love sometimes surprises and brings a real smile on our face even at bad times πŸ™‚
    a simple rice filled with flavors..

    1. Alhamdulillah… Thank you so much Ruxana… πŸ™‚

  20. Simple and delicious jeera rice!

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  21. It's so easy and simple to make πŸ™‚ Yummy Rice πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Monu… πŸ™‚

  22. jeera rice is one easy n comforting recipe in rice I always love to do for it's flavor is worth it

    1. Thank you so much Sangee…

  23. very flavorful and delicious rice πŸ™‚ tempting me !!

    1. Thank you so much Manjula… πŸ™‚

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