Rating: 4.24 stars
34 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1

This is a wonderfully cumin flavored rice that enhances the flavor of many a dull meal!! Some variations to this recipe that are delicious: after adding the cumin seeds add onion, ginger, whole black peppercorn, cloves, or a cinnamon stick. You could also add all of the above options to make a rice chock-full of tastes!

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Heat the oil in a medium size saucepan over a medium-high heat. Drop in the cumin seeds, and cook until they splutter. Do not allow the cumin seeds to burn or become really dark brown in color. Add the rice and fry it in the oil for about 1 minute.

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  • Add the water and salt and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the saucepan. Cook the rice for approximately 15 minutes. If you feel the rice is getting burnt near the base of the pan as it cooks, one trick is to place the saucepan on another flat pan or griddle which is directly on the flame. Toss with a fork.

Nutrition Facts

465 calories; protein 6.5g; carbohydrates 77g; fat 13.9g; sodium 0.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (26)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2003
Great recipe! I have an Indian friend who gave me a couple of suggestions. I added 1/4 cup of frozen peas then add a few strands of saffron to the top. Cover and steamed for about 5 minutes. Was awesome! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(47)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/15/2011
BAsmati Rice is drier than Jasmine and the cumin being a bit hard plus the dry rice didn't do much for me. Read More
(4)
34 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2003
Great recipe! I have an Indian friend who gave me a couple of suggestions. I added 1/4 cup of frozen peas then add a few strands of saffron to the top. Cover and steamed for about 5 minutes. Was awesome! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(47)
Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2007
One of our standby recipes now! I actually use a tablespoon of the cumin seed because we like the flavor so much. The key is to add a good half teaspoon of salt at least and then the flavor is to die for. Adding garlic and onion to the oil would be a plus! I usually use chicken or vegetable broth instead of water in this recipe. All of these things punch up the flavor and then it isn't bland at all. Read More
(22)
Rating: 4 stars
12/13/2006
Nice suttle twist to plain rice. I used powdered cumin and cooked in a rice cooker. Will probably make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2006
Wonderful easy recipe. I served this with the Chicken Tikka Masala recipe on this site and it was a perfect combo. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
05/16/2003
this recipe is GREAT with red kidney beans...what an awsome combination. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2007
Cumin adds a very nice flavor to the rice. Was nice served with slow roasted chicken. Read More
(4)
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Rating: 1 stars
12/15/2011
BAsmati Rice is drier than Jasmine and the cumin being a bit hard plus the dry rice didn't do much for me. Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
09/11/2003
Different but still very good. I used olive oil in mine. Would be good with indian food. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2005
This rice was great with the Chicken Tikka Masala recipe also listed on this site. Perfect accompaniment and the rice was yummy all by itself as well! Read More
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