Cumin Rice (Jeera Rice)

Cumin Rice (Jeera Rice)

by Brava Chef Erin


Servings 5-7

Active Time:

~10 min

Total Time:

~35 min 15 sec

About this Recipe

Cumin rice, also known as Jeera Rice, is a fragrant Basmati rice dish flavored with toasted cumin seeds and ghee. This rice is commonly found in Indian cuisine and is a perfect side dish to any curry. If you don’t have ghee, feel free to use melted butter or vegetable oil instead.


  • 2 teaspoons whole cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 4 tablespoons ghee, melted or 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk Greek yogurt

From Your Pantry

cooking oil

kosher salt


Brava metal tray

Brava Chef's Pan

mixing bowl

fine-mesh strainer

Nutrition Information

Allergens: Milk


  • Dinner
  • Vegetarian
  • Kid Friendly
  • Asian
  • Chef's Pan
  • Gluten Free
  • Indian
  • Recipes
  • Sides
  • Year Round

  1. 1

    Toast cumin seeds

    • In mixing bowl, combine cumin and bay leaf with 1 teaspoon oil.
    • Spread evenly across Zone 2 of Brava metal tray.
    • Slide metal tray into top shelf.
    • Select “Cumin Rice” on your Brava’s touchscreen.
    • Press green button to continue cooking.
    • Note: You will remove spices after 45 seconds.

  2. 2

    Prep rice

    • When Brava notifies you, carefully remove metal tray and return cumin and bay leaf to mixing bowl.
    • Rinse rice in a fine mesh strainer until water runs clear. This should take about 2-3 minutes. Drain rice.
    • In mixing bowl containing cumin and bay, stir together rice, ghee, yogurt and 1 ½ teaspoons salt.
    • Pour mixture into Brava Chef’s Pan; spread out evenly.
    • Add 2¼ cups water to Chef’s Pan. Stir gently, making sure all rice grains are submerged.
    • Cover Chef’s Pan with lid.

  3. 3

    Cook rice

    • Slide Chef’s Pan, covered, into top shelf.
    • Press green button to continue cooking.

  4. 4

    Finish & serve

    • Carefully remove Chef’s Pan from Brava.
    • Fluff rice with fork and serve.