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Cumin Rice
(Jeera Chawal)

Cumin Seeds Cumin Seeds

Rice seasoned with cumin seeds (called Jeera in India) and cooked. Cumin seeds provide a quick and simple way of making rice (or Chawal) aromatic.

Microwave Cooking - Indian Vegetarian Recipes

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Cooking time (approx.):  minutes
Style: North Indian Vegetarian

1  tablespoon(s) butter or ghee (clarified butter)
2  teaspoon(s) cumin seeds
2  cup(s) uncooked long grain rice (called Basmati rice in India)
4  cups water
salt and a dash of lime juice to taste

  1. Microwave butter / ghee (clarified butter) in a large deep microwave-safe bowl covered on high (100%) power for about 30  second(s) or till it melts.
  2. Add the cumin seeds and microwave covered on high (100%) power for about 2  minute(s) till they are well browned (not burnt) and aromatic.
  3. Add the rice, lime juice, water and salt. Mix well. Microwave covered on high (100%) power for about 12  minutes (stirring mid-way) till all water evaporates and the rice grains are tender but firm. Separate the rice grains with a fork lightly to fluff them up.


  • Lime juice helps in retaining the white color of rice and also keeps the rice grains separated.
  • When the microwave cooking time for a step exceeds 2 minutes, it is highly recommended the contents be checked and stirred at regular intervals to avoid burning of food.
  • Standing time is a very important step as it completes the microwave cooking process of a dish. Ideally, allow the dish to stand for about 5 minutes before serving.

Serve hot with: Cottage Cheese with Green Bell Peppers (Paneer Simla) or any other curries / dals of your choice.

Note: The above recipe is designed for a microwave oven of 800 Watts. Higher wattage microwave ovens will require shorter cooking times. Kindly refer to the manual accompanying your microwave oven for its wattage. IT IS STRONGLY ADVISED THAT ALL THE CARE AND PRECAUTIONS SPECIFIED IN THE OVEN MANUAL BE TAKEN DURING THE MICROWAVE COOKING PROCESS.

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