Jeera Cumin Rice Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
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Jeera / Cumin Rice - Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Jeera Rice is made with basmati rice flavored with cumin and whole spices. A North Indian favorite side, enjoy with your favorite curry or lentil.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: North Indian
Keyword: instant pot jeera rice, pressure cooker cumin rice
Diet: Gluten-free, Vegetarian
Method: Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Servings: 4
Calories: 207kcal
Author: Meeta Arora



  • Wash and drain the rice.
  • Heat the instant pot in sauté mode and add ghee or oil to it.  Then add the whole spices and cumin seeds.  
  • When the cumin seeds start to splutter, add rice, water, salt and stir.
  • Change the instant pot setting to manual / pressure cook mode for 4 minutes, at high pressure with vent in sealing position.  
  • When the instant pot beeps, do a 5 minute natural pressure release, which means manually release the pressure 5 minutes after the instant pot beeps.  
  • Fluff the rice and let it rest for another 5 minutes. You can take the steel insert out of the instant pot, so the bottom layer of rice does not overcook. 
  • Cumin Rice is ready to be enjoyed with any curry or lentil.


  • To simplify this recipe, you can skip the whole spices.
  • You can double or triple the recipe, without any change in the cooking time.
  • Be careful when adding the rice as there might be some splutters.
  • You can garnish jeera rice with roasted nuts such as cashews.
  • Choose good quality Basmati Rice. I use Royal Basmati Rice or Tilda Extra Long Grain Basmati rice for my cooking. 


Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 588mg | Potassium: 73mg | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.9mg