Cumin Rice with Caramelized Onions

4 to 6 Servings

45 minutes

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Jeera (or zeera) rice is an everyday dish in Pakistan and India. In her book “Made in India,” Meera Sodha includes a unique, especially delicious version that incorporates deeply caramelized onions. Their rich savory-sweetness is a perfect complement to the earthy cumin and nutty, aromatic basmati rice. This is our riff on her dish. Made with simple pantry staples, it’s an easy yet flavor-packed side, ideal for pairing with any roasted or grilled vegetables or meat as well as with curries or dal.

4 to 6


45 minutes


  • 3

    tablespoons ghee OR salted butter, cut into 3 pieces, divided

  • 2

    medium yellow onions, halved and thinly sliced


Pat C.
February 21, 2023
My new favorite rice.
Easy to make and very tasty.
Cynthia P.
February 21, 2023
Yummy but not as pretty as the picture
This was delicious. But the process of cooking the rice washed most of the color out of the caramelized onions, so it was not as beautiful as the photo here - which looks to me like the onions were added after the rice was cooked. So in the future I think I would remove half the caramelized onions from the pan before adding and cooking the rice and add them back in before serving. Aside from that it was easy and delicious and I will definitely make again. We served it this time with a venison curry.