Basmati rice – ⅔ cup
Oil – 1 ½ tablespoons
Cinnamon stick – 1 inch piece
Cloves – 2
Bay leaf – 1
Green cardamom – 2
Cumin seeds – ½ teaspoon
Fennel seeds – ½ teaspoon
Onion – ½ cup, sliced
Ginger paste – 1 teaspoon
Garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
Green bell pepper (Capsicum) – ½ cup, sliced
Red bell pepper (Red Capsicum) – ½ cup, sliced
Tomato – ⅓ cup, sliced
Red chili powder – 1 ½ teaspoon
Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
Salt – to taste
Garam masala – ½ teaspoon
Yogurt – ⅓ cup
Water – 1 cup
. Wash the rice under running cold water till water runs clear. Soak them in enough water for at least 20 minutes.
. While rice soaking prep other ingredients and chop the veggies. Drain soaking water and keep the rice aside.
. Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat.
. Once hot add whole spices (cinnamon stick, cloves, bay leaf, green cardamom), saute for a minute. You will get nice aroma of spices.
. After that add cumin seeds and fennel seeds, let the sizzle a bit.
. Now mix in the sliced onion and cook for 2 minutes. it starts to soften.
. Now add ginger paste and garlic paste.
. Mix and saute till raw flavors goes away about a minute.
. Stir in tomatoes, green bell pepper and red bell pepper.
. Add salt, red chili powder, coriander powder and garam masala.
. Mix well and cook for a minute.
. Add yogurt.
. Stir well.
. Add soaked, drained rice.
. Add fresh 1 cup of water and mix.
. Cover the pan and cook on low for 18-20 minutes. after that switch off the stove and let it rest covered for 10 minutes.
. Then open the cover, gently fluff up the rice using fork and serve.