Masala Jeera Rice fits almost every Indian menu. There’s no second thought to eating जीरा वाला राइस in lunch & dinner. आप तो बस आने दो जितना भी हो 🤣🤣🤣


We know how versatile this recipe is. You can eat it with dal tadka & rasawali sabji, aka vegetable curries. On top of it, even if nothing is available yet alone, jeera rice is sufficient.

My grandkids like jeera rice & they eat it as it is. They never mix dal or sabzi. Only plain masala jeera rice is what they want. I am sure your kids would be doing the same.

Today am sharing the most popular & age-old Indian recipe – masala jeera rice. Let us start with the ingredients.

Masala Jeera Rice Ingredients

The best thing about cooking jeera rice is you need fewer items. Although jeera rice requires only essential items, I have included two more masala powder. To enhance the taste. Refer to the list below.

For Boiling

Water, rice & salt. These are the three items we require. Just measure the water quantity. It must be as per the rice quantity. Salt is as per the taste.

For Tempering

Instead of cooking oil, we will use ghee, aka clarified butter. Ghee gives a distinct fragrance which butter or oil won’t. Try tadka with ghee & you will see the difference.

Cumin seeds are a necessity because we are making jeera rice. Therefore cumin is our base spice here.

Coriander powder & garam masala is the twist here. The garam masala powder gives a mild spicy taste to your rice. It is the main reason why kids like to eat jeera rice as it is.

Your masala jeera rice item list ends here. Now we will learn how to make it.

Making Masala Jeera Rice at Home

Like I said above, the entire process requires two steps – Boiling & Tempering. Therefore, we need items related to boiling & tempering only. Anything beyond the ingredient list below will convert your jeera rice into something else.

Boil the Rice

Make sure you don’t over boil the rice. Maximum 3 or 3 whistles will cook your rice in the pressure cooker. Here I am trying to point a different thing.

You must be able to see each rice grain after boiling. They must not be sticky. Above all, your cooked rice must not look like a giant globe of white mush. Therefore, don’t rush. Take your time.

Make the Tadka

Add other items only when cumin seeds are nicely roasted. Allow cumin to release its flavour & aroma into the ghee. When you are done with cumin, add other masala powders. Next, roast all spices nicely in the hot ghee. Finally, add boiled rice & combine.

So, that was it with the masala jeera rice recipe today.