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Is plain white rice just a little too boring to serve to your guests or family? Try this colorful and fragrant Jeera (Cumin) Rice recipe and put a “Wow!” in your dinner presentation.



Basmati rice — 1 cup

Water — 2 cups

Carrots — ½ cup, diced

Frozen green peas — ½ cup, washed

Oil — 2 tsp

Ghee (clarified butter) — 2 tsp

Cinnamon — 1 small piece

Cloves — 4

Green Elaichi (cardamom) — 1

Kala Jeera (black cumin) — 1 tsp

Salt — 1 tsp


1. Rinse Rice with water until water runs clear – Add 2 cups water and soak for 15 minutes.

2. In a pot with a tight fitting lid, heat Oil and Ghee.

3. Add Cinnamon, Cloves, Elaichi and Kala Jeera – allow them to sputter.

4. Add Carrots and Green Peas and mix well.

5. Add Rice, Water and Salt.

6. Bring to a boil – uncovered.

7. Cover the pot, reduce flame to low and let rice simmer for 15 minutes.

8. Remove cover and stir gently to mix the vegetables and rice.

9. Turn off heat and replace cover until ready to eat.

Serves 4


1. Using baby carrots cuts your prep time.

2. Once the pot is covered, don’t keep opening the lid to check on the rice. It will be perfect in 15 minutes without any intervention.

3. Do all your prep work (chopping, etc) while the rice is soaking — it’s more efficient!

Try this recipe — We’d love to hear your experience or comments!

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