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Instant Pot Jeera Rice

Perfectly cooked Instant Pot Jeera Rice also known as Cumin Rice. This versatile rice dish is flavored with onions and aromatic spices.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course Sides
Cuisine Indian
Diet Vegan. Gluten-free.
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 240kcal
Author: Nisha


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1 green cardamom pod crushed
  • 1 medium red onion sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked basmati rice washed, rinsed, drained
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp salt



  • Soak basmati rice for 5-10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, slice a large red onion.
  • Wash and drain. Set aside.


  • Press SAUTE on the Instant Pot, wait for it to heat up. Once hot, add oil, followed by a bay leaf, cumin seeds, crushed cardamom, and garam masala.
  • Saute for 30 seconds until you can smell the aroma.
  • Add onions and salt. Saute for 5 minutes until golden.
  • This is what you should have.
  • Add drained rice.
  • Saute the rice with the onions and spices for 1-2 minutes until toasted up. Press CANCEL.
  • Now add water to the rice. Using a wooden spoon, scrape the bottom of the Instant Pot to make sure there is nothing sticking to the pot.
  • This is what you should have.
  • Cover the Instant Pot. Press HIGH PRESSURE for 5 minutes. Naturally, release the rice for at least 15 minutes.
  • Once done, you have perfectly cooked Jeera Rice with onions.


Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
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