1 cup of uncooked basmati rice
2 small green cardamoms
1″ stick of cinnamon
1 tablespoon ghee
1.5 teaspoon cumin seeds
salt to taste
Wash the rice till the water runs clear. Soak the rice in cold water for 1/2 an hour and drain.
Heat Ghee, and add cardamom, cinnamon and clove. When they start to sizzle and splutter add the rice. Stir for sometime till the ghee coats the rice.
Now add the Cumin seeds. Make sure not to add the Cumin seeds directly in the ghee, as this will darken the cumin and give a different flavor. Add salt and fry for some more time, about 5 more minutes.
Increase the heat. Add 2 cups of water and let the water boil. When you see no water over the surface of the rice, cover it and immediately switch off the heat. Be very careful during this time as more heat or delay may burn the rice at the bottom of the pan. Let it stay covered for another 10-15 minutes.