When you are not really in a mood to cook yet want something fancy but do not want to dine out or take out (Only a woman could come up with so many conditions for a meal; Ain’t that right ladies?), Jeera rice alias Cumin rice is your perfect recipe! Turning this blessing in disguise even more flavourful, I have added some spices and herbs making this simple dish into gourmet food! 

METHI JEERA RICE | Cumin and fenugreek flavoured rice

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

METHI JEERA RICE | Cumin and fenugreek flavoured rice


  • 1 cup Basmati (long grain) Rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup onions chopped into juliennes (length wise)
  • 2 green chilies slit
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh fenugreek (methi) leaves
  • 2 pinches of Saffron (optional)
  • 2 one inch cinnamon sticks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil


  1. This dish can be cooked directly in a pressure cooker or a pot. Wash the rice thoroughly and soak it in water before you start your prepration.
  2. Add oil in the cooker over medium heat. Once hot, add the cinnamon and bay leaves and green chilies and cumin seeds
  3. Sauté for about a min until you can smell the aroma of the spices
  4. Add onion, cook for about 2 mins and add the chopped methi
  5. Discard the water used for soaking rice and add the soaked rice into the pan. Sauté for a min, add salt, a pinch of saffron, and water
  6. Cover the pressure cooker and wait for 2 whistles. Turn off heat and let the steam escape. If cooking in a pot, wait for the water to boil after adding it. Then cover and cook until all water is absorbed
  7. Either way, once the coking is done, add the leftover saffron. Close and let the saffron seep into the rice for about 5 minutes.
  8. Serve hot with DAL TADKA

My Take:

Basmati rice always absorbs water in the ratio of 1:2. Just adding exactly that much, no more, no less shall help you attain that perfect restaurant look!

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  1. Saw your FB update on palak paneer! Sounds like a great recipe. Can’t wait to try it out once I buy palak and paneer.

    Went through your blog. Admire your writing and detailed recipes!

    How is it that this methi jeera rice doesn’t have jeera in it?

    • Thank you Shubha for going through the blog. One of the first few recipes I uploaded, missed the jeera by mistake. Have updated the same. Thanks for noticing 🙂 Do keep visiting 🙂

  2. Loved the recipe! are you going to upload the picture too?

  3. this post is well written. Keep it up 🙂

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