Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Jeera Rice !! (Cumin Flavoured Rice)

1 cup Long Grain (Basmati) Rice
2 cups Water
11/2tsp Cumin seeds(jeera)
1tbsp oil / ghee
salt to taste
2 Bay leaves
3-4 cloves
Few whole Black pepper
1 Black Cardamom

1. Clean and wash rice. Wash and drain rice 2-3 times and soak in water for 10-15 minutes.
2. Heat ghee/oil in a pan, add cumin seeds (jeera) and let it crackle (make sure u don't burn the jeera), bay leaves, cardamom, whole black pepper and cloves.
3. Saute for less than a minute.
4. Strain the water from the rice, add the rice to the pan and mix well.
5. Add salt, 2 cups of water and mix well.
6. When the water starts boiling lower down the flame and cover it partially.
7. Rice will be done when holes appear on the surface (it will take approx 15 minutes) At that point of time don not forget to check that the water is completely absorbed.

Serve the jeera rice hot with Tadka daal or any gravy or raita