Steamed Cumin Rice

    20 minutes

    Cumin seeds are fun to cook with and impart a very special flavour to this rice. Serve with your favourite curry.

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    Serves: 2 

    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • 200g basmati rice
    • 400ml water
    • salt to taste

    Preparation:5min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Drop in the cumin seeds and cook until they pop. Do not allow the cumin seeds to burn or become very dark brown in colour. Add the rice and fry it in the oil for about 1 minute.
    2. Add the water and salt and bring to the boil. Once the water boils reduce the heat to low and cover the saucepan. Leave covered over low heat for 5 minutes, then let stand covered for 10 minutes. Toss with a fork before serving.

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    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!  -  08 Jun 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    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.  -  08 Apr 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Nice suttle twist to plain rice. I used powdered cumin and cooked in a rice cooker. Will probably make again.  -  13 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)