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Feb 17, 2013

Moongdal Jeera Rice / Jeera Rice - Easy Lunch Recipes

Today's recipe is one of the easiest, aromatic one pot meal, Moongdal Jeera rice. It's nothing but a regular jeera rice with the addition of moongdal. I love adding jeera/cumin seeds in all my cooking, sambar, rasam, stir fry, curries, kuzhambu, kootu everything I love the flavor and above all it's very good for health n has lots of health benefits. Aids in digestion, heals ulcers n related problems. And also its Antiseptic properties help fight flu, by boosting your immune system. A cup of water boiled with cumin seeds, ginger, basil leaves and honey, can give great relief. Cumin seeds contain a good amount of iron. So, try to make it a point to add a dash of jeera powder or 1/4 tsp cumin seeds in all your cooking.

And when it combines with dal/lentils in any form, like ven pongal, dal tadka, Sambar, Kootu...Mmmm...its divine! I needless to explain the taste n flavor. And another favorite combo, jeera/cumin seeds with potatoes - Aloo Jeera, in which jeera has a very unique flavor and adds much taste to the potatoes.

Here climate is still cold n made me lazy n am not in a mood to cook/clean or to do any work rather want to sit idle . So on one such day I made this easy n simple rice along with Mushroom Paneer Gravy, both paired so good n we loved the combo. Now off to the recipe..

  1. Basmati rice      1 cup
  2. Moongdal             1 fistful
  3. Cumin seeds/Jeera      1 tbsp + 1 tsp
  4. Salt                  to taste(but add half salt)
  5. Oil/ghee          1 tbsp or less( i used olive oil)

  • Wash and soak rice n dal separately for at least 20-30 minutes.
  • After that heat oil in a skillet add cumin seeds wait till it splutter then add soaked n drained moong dal and stir fry for 2 minutes.
  • And then add soaked n drained rice, again stir fry for another 2 minutes.
  • Now add enough water(2cups) and salt and cook covered till done.
  • Once the rice is done, gently fluff the rice with fork.
  • That's it...simple yet tasty Moongdal Jeera rice ready.
  • Traditionally Jeer rice is served with Dal Makhani but We had it with Mushroom Paneer gravy n microwave masala papad:)

Adding moongdal is optional but it gives nice flavor n taste, so give it a try!
You can also Do the seasoning in a pan n transfer the content to electric rice cooker.
For even more flavor n taste, add a pinch if shahi jeera along with cumin seeds.
Add half or less salt to the rice since its going to be served with accompaniment which contains enough salt . So add accordingly.
This can be made as a mild Pulao by adding 2cloves, 1"cinnamon, 2cardamom, 1small bay leaf along with cumin seeds and sauté with onions, ginger garlic paste and rice n cook using coconut milk or water.


  1. I love adding jeera in cooking love the flavor....very healthy combo....

  2. We too make a similar one...perfectly done!

  3. Something new to me..Easy to make, looks so inviting & healthy too!
    Prathma Rao
    Prats Corner

  4. Add grated coconut, it will taste gr8.
    simple and healthy rice :)

  5. You just made the regular jeera rice healthier and more appealing!! Brilliant Sangee!!

  6. Most of my weekend dinner is jeera rice only. But I don't add moong dal. Looks colourful.

  7. Flavorful rice. Loved the addition of moong dhal

  8. nice healthy combo, looks delicious..

  9. The addition of moong dal sure sounds interesting..looks good Sangee

  10. Super and healthy jeera rice,love here the addition of moongdal Sangee.

  11. We too make rice sundal very similar to this :) looks nice sangee..

  12. love ur step by step pic dear..lovely clicks...Healthy rice

  13. Adding moong dal with jeera rice sounds great...perfectly cooked rice!

  14. wow.. dats an easy and healthy recipe.. :)

  15. I add chana dal while making rice. this looks delicious and nice clicks too.

  16. delicious and flavourful rice... perfect!!

  17. Yum.....Looks so good akka, loved all the clicks there :) haven't tried adding moong dal to ghee rice nice interesting combo :) Must be so flavorful and tasty :) kids ku biga pudichrukum la?

  18. Healthy rice with the addition of moong dal and definitely a flavorful one,looks yummm :)

  19. looks healthy n simple rice...


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