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4.72 from 7 votes

Cumin Rice

Cumin rice is an earthy and slightly peppery dish that can be used as the base for many meals. 
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time37 mins
Total Cost: $1.23 recipe / $0.21 serving
Servings: 6 1 cup each
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes


  • 1 Tbsp butter $0.11
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds $0.30
  • 1.5 cups long grain jasmine rice $0.72
  • 1 clove garlic $0.08
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 3 cups water $0.00


  • Add the butter and cumin seeds to a medium sauce pot. Sauté the cumin seeds in the butter over medium-low heat for 1-2 minutes, or just until the butter starts to turn golden brown. Do not let the butter burn.
  • Add the uncooked rice to the pot and continue to stir and cook for 2-3 minutes more to toast the rice.
  • Mince the garlic and add it to the pot along with the salt and water, and stir to combine. Place a lid on the pot, turn the heat up to high, and let the liquid come up to a boil.
  • Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer (with lid) for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, turn off the heat and let it sit undisturbed for 10 more minutes before lifting the lid.
  • After resting for 10 minutes, remove the lid, fluff with a fork, and serve.