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Instant Pot Jeera Rice Recipe: Simple & Flavorful

Written by: Emily Smith

This Instant Pot Jeera Rice is my go-to comfort food. It's simple, aromatic, and the cumin seeds add a delightful crunch. Perfectly fluffy, it's a hit at my dinner table every time!

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Jump into my kitchen, folks! Today we're working magic with just a handful of ingredients. Heaps of flavor from tiny cumin seeds, our star for the day, and the humble basmati rice. Together in my trusty instant pot, they transform into a fragrant, fluffy delight - Jeera rice, or as I like to call it, the quick fix to elevate your meal! Simple, savory, and oh-so satisfying - that's my go-to jeera rice recipe for you. Ready to give it a shot? Let's get cooking!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Jeera Rice

  • Basmati rice: Fragrant long-grain rice that cooks up fluffy and separate, perfect for absorbing flavors in this dish.
  • Water: Essential for cooking the rice to perfection in the instant pot, ensuring the right texture and consistency.
  • Ghee or oil: Adds richness and flavor to the dish, enhancing the overall taste of the jeera rice.
  • Cumin seeds: Aromatic seeds that provide a warm, earthy flavor and a subtle crunch to the dish.

Essential Tools for Making This Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Speeds up cooking time and ensures perfectly cooked rice.
  • Spatula: Helps in sautéing the cumin seeds and rice evenly.
  • Measuring cup: Ensures the right ratio of rice to water for perfect texture.

Instant Pot Jeera Rice Recipe: Simple & Flavorful

This Instant Pot Jeera Rice recipe is a quick and easy way to make flavorful and aromatic rice. Perfect as a side dish for any Indian meal.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 200 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Fork


Main Ingredients

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1.75 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • Salt to taste


  • Rinse the basmati rice under running water until the water runs clear.
  • Press the "Saute" button on the Instant Pot and heat ghee or oil.
  • Add cumin seeds and sauté for 30 seconds until they sizzle.
  • Add the rinsed rice and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  • Pour water and add salt. Stir well.
  • Close the Instant Pot with the lid and set the valve to sealing position.
  • Pressure cook on high for 5 minutes.
  • Once done, allow natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then do a quick pressure release.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork and serve hot.


This recipe is perfect for a quick and easy side dish. Adjust the salt to your taste.

Nutrition value:

Calories: 200kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 300mgPotassium: 100mgFiber: 1gCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg


Keyword Instant Pot, Jeera Rice, Rice
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Can You Make Jeera Rice Ahead of Time or Freeze It?

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the jeera rice as per the recipe.
  • Allow the rice to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cool the jeera rice completely.
  • Place in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Freeze for up to 1 month.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Toasting the cumin seeds before adding the rice enhances the flavor and aroma of the jeera rice.

Common Questions About Making Instant Pot Jeera Rice

Can I use any type of rice for this recipe?
Basmati rice works best for this recipe to achieve the traditional flavor and texture of jeera rice.
How can I adjust the cumin flavor to my preference?
You can increase or decrease the amount of cumin seeds according to your taste preference.
Is it necessary to rinse the rice before cooking?
Yes, rinsing the rice helps remove excess starch and ensures the grains cook up fluffy and separate.
Can I substitute ghee with oil?
Yes, you can use oil instead of ghee if you prefer a vegan or dairy-free option.
How long can I store leftover jeera rice?
Leftover jeera rice can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

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