Indian Spiced Cumin Rice – Jeera Pulao
Sprucing up plain rice gets easier with this Cumin rice. Very aromatic and simple, it is great served with Curry or Gravy.
Servings Prep Time
3-4minutes 5minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
3-4minutes 5minutes
Cook Time
  • 11ounces Basmati rice
  • 4cups Water
  • 2tbsp ghee or oil(or even butter can be used)
  • 2tbsp cumin seeds
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 cardamom
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 2sticks cinnamon
  • 2pieces mace flower(javitri)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 green chilislit into peices
  • saltto taste
  1. Wash the basmati rice well and soak the rice in water for 30 mins. (Rice to water ratio = 1:2). Put the instant pot on saute mode high.
  2. Add ghee and let it get hot. Add the spices and cumin seeds, fry well. This is important to avoid any raw smell in rice.
  3. Now add the green chili, fry for a minute, then add the rice along with the soaked water.
  4. Turn off saute mode, put the lid with vent to sealing position, push the rice button.
  5. Once the Instant pot goes into warm mode, do quick release. Natural pressure release is also fine.
  6. Mix the rice gently and serve with any side dish of your choice like a curry.
Recipe Notes

If you do not have spices like Mace flower or black cardamom, you can skip them.

Soaking of rice is not necessary but it makes the rice grain bigger when cooked.

Vegans can use vegan butter or oil.

5.5 ounces rice cup is used for measurement