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How to Make BEST and PERFECT Jeera Rice in the Instant Pot

Hello Foodies,

        Every grain separated, fluffy, perfect, and aromatic RICE to munch with curry/stew for lunch/dinner. This Instant Pot Jeera Rice is mildly spiced, fragrant, and tastes so good and got the flavors from the cumin. Have you nailed Rice in the Instant Pot yet? My instant pot makes rice many times better than a rice cooker! Do you see how every grain of rice is separate? It’s not overly greasy or undercooked or sticky. perfectly cooked jeera rice which is full of flavor, but super simple to make. You won’t believe it but this takes less than 15 minutes to cook!

            The key to making perfect, fluffy rice in the instant pot is rice to water ratio. And here, I’m going to teach you how to make jeera rice just like this. if you’ve ever eaten at an Indian restaurant, you’ll know that it’s the thing. And it’s the perfect side to Dals(Lentils), Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, and Curries. Good quality basmati rice has so much flavor on its own and so one can eat jeera rice plain, without any Curry or Dal. 

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In Hindi, “Cumin seeds” are known as “Jeera” and that’s how this popular rice dish gets its name as “Jeera Rice”. So we can also call it “Cumin Rice”. Also, in some Restaurants, the rice can be cooked with some saffron strands to add some color and flavor to the cumin rice. So if you want some color, then add saffron or turmeric. 

We love Instant Pot Jeera Rice, Because-

  • Gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and Vegan(if used oil instead of ghee/butter) recipe.
  • Ready in less than 15 Minutes.
  • It is the perfect side to Dals(Lentils), and Curries.
  • It is easy to make and so flavorful.
  • Infused with flavors of cumin and ghee.
  • It is the perfect, non-sticky Restaurant-style jeera rice.

What do you need to Make Jeera Rice in the Instant Pot?

Making of Jeera rice needs 5 simple ingredients. Ghee or Butter, Jeera (Cumin Seeds), Basmati Rice(Long Grain Aromatic Rice), Salt to taste, and fresh Coriander/Cilantro to garnish. That’s all of 5 ingredients which you mostly have in your pantry, so making this is actually easier than you thought! To make aromatic rice add mace (javitri) while cooking rice. mace gives a unique flavor and fragrance to jeera rice.

Key To Make Perfect, Fluffy, and Non-sticky Jeera Rice:

Rice to Water Ratio: The perfect rice to water ratio for jeera rice is 1:1.5(Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker). That means for every 1 cup of rice add 1.5 cups of water. This rice to water ratio ensures that the rice is cooked just perfect, where every grain is fluffy and separate from each other. 

Washing/Rinsing Rice: Rinse water under tap water until water runs clear. Rinsing rice removes some starch from the grains and does not allow them to stick after cooking. 

Soaking Rice: Always soak rice in water for 20 to 30 minutes. Soaking rice ensures that the grains expand and cook really well. 

Which Basmati Rice I used?

I recommend using good quality Basmati Rice. I have used Tilda / Royal / Daawat’s extra-long Basmati Rice which are the best brands. Every variety of rice comes out perfect and smells amazing! Aged basmati rice works very well when making jeera rice, pulao, or biryani. You can even use parboiled basmati rice which also gives excellent results.

How to make vegan jeera rice?

It is very easy to make the Jeera rice vegan. Simply substitute vegetable oil or coconut oil or olive oil for the ghee/butter.

Serve this Instant Pot Jeera Rice with:

Veg Recipes:

Non-Veg Recipes:

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes; Cooking Time: 15 Minutes.
Each Serving of Jeera Rice Contains 201 Calories.


  • Basmati Rice 1 Cup
  • Cumin Seeds 1 Tsp
  • Salt 1 Tsp
  • Butter 1 Tbsp
  • Coriander Leaves 2 Tbsp, chopped
  • Water 1 ½ Cups


  • Rinse the Basmati Rice for at least 6-7 times or under the tap water until water does run perfectly clear.
  • Soak Rice in water for 20-30 minutes.
  • (Rinsing and Soaking helps get rid of starch and starch can make your rice sticky).

To Prepare Jeera Rice in the Instant Pot:

  • Turn on the sauté mode of the Instant Pot and heat Ghee/Butter(use oil for vegan jeera rice).
  • Add cumin seeds, and let it splutter. 
  • Now, add soaked and drained Basmati rice, and salt, and mix well.
  • Add water 1 ½ cups and mix all well.
  • Close the lid and place the vent on the sealing position.
  • Cook on manual mode(Hi) for 5 minutes.
  • Quick-release the pressure and open the lid.
  • Using a fork fluff the rice.
  • Now, add chopped coriander leaves and give it a quick stir.
  • Flavorsome Jeera rice is ready to serve, serve with any curry of choice. It tastes best with Dal Tadka!

Dietary Comment:

  • The calorie count is based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • Per serving contains 201 calories, along with 36 g carbohydrates, 3.4 g fats, and 3.4 g protein.
  • Portion size can always be increased or decreased depending on your health goals and activity level.

Good Time To Eat:

           It is good to eat Jeera Rice for lunch, brunch, or for dinner.

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