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Jeera Rice in Instant Pot

Perfectly cooked Basmati Rice flavored with cumin and whole spices, prepared in Instant Pot. Enjoy these aromatic Instant Pot Jeera Rice (Cumin Rice) with any curry or lentil.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: instant pot jeera rice, jeera rice, pressure cooker cumin rice
Diet: Gluten-free, Vegetarian
Method: Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Servings: 4
Calories: 209.97kcal
Author: Meeta Arora


  • Wash and drain the rice until the water runs clear.
  • 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 and stir them with the whole spices for about 30 seconds. Then add water, salt and stir again. Press cancel and close lid with vent in sealing position.
  • 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 with a fork 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: 209.97kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.71g | Protein: 3.6g | Fat: 4.29g | Saturated Fat: 2.43g | Cholesterol: 9.6mg | Sodium: 589.53mg | Potassium: 78.91mg | Fiber: 1.24g | Sugar: 0.08g | Vitamin C: 0.32mg | Calcium: 23.35mg | Iron: 0.91mg