Jeera Pulao

Cumin-Scented Brown Rice with Green Peas

Preparation info
  • Serves

    4 to 6

    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      35 min

Appears in
Instant Indian: Classic Foods from Every Region of India Made Easy in the Instant Pot

By Rinku Bhattacharya

Published 2018

  • About

One of my many delights with the Instant Pot® is how well it cooks brown rice and other complex grains. This cumin-scented rice is a makeover of a very basic rice pilaf often found on North Indian tables. It is complex enough to distinguish itself from basic white rice, but still easy to prepare for everyday meals.


  • 1 tablespoon canola or grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds


  1. Set the Instant Pot® to Sauté mode, and heat the oil for 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Add the cumin seeds and bay leaves and heat until the cumin seeds begin to crackle. Stir in the salt and rice and about 1½ cups of water. Add the peas.
  3. Press Cancel to turn off Sauté mode, close the lid, and set the Instant Pot® at the Manual Pressure setting for 12 minutes.
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