This is a very simple jeera rice without too many ingredients. Jeera rice is one of the most simplest and versatile flavored rice that goes with almost any kind of gravy.
Basmati rice- 1 Cup
Jeera /cumin seeds - 2 tsp
Bay leaf - 1
Cloves - 3 to 4
Ghee / Clarified Butter - 1 tbsp
Salt To Taste
Soak the rice for 1/2 hr. When the 1/2 hr is almost over, heat the ghee in a heavy saucepan, and add the cumin seeds, bay leaf, cloves,and fry for a few seconds.Drain the rice and add the rice to the oil and fry it for a few minutes.Add 2 cups of water to the pan, salt and stir, the water should have the salty taste... make sure it is not too salty. Cover with a lid and cook on medium flame. Cook for 10 minutes until you see most of the water absorbed and there are bubbly holes forming on top of the rice. Reduce the flame to low and cook for 5 minutes and turn off the heat. Leave the rice to cook for some time with the lid on. Use a fork to separate and make the rice fluffy.
Serve jeera rice hot with any spicy curry or raita.
Additional ingredients you can add are cashews, fried Onions, Pepper etc.