Basmati rice – 1 cup
Ghee (Clarified butter) – 1 tablespoon
Bay leaf – 1
Cloves – 2
Cinnamon stick – 1 inch piece
Cumin seeds – 2 teaspoons
Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon (optional)
Salt – to taste
Water – 2 cups
. Wash basmati rice under running cold water until water runs clear. Soak rice in enough water for 20 minutes.
. After 20 minutes drain the rice in strainer and let it dry for 10 minutes, it is optional if you are in rush.
. Heat the ghee in a thick bottom saucepan on medium heat. Once hot add bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon stick and saute for a minute. You will get nice aroma from whole spices.
. Then add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
. Add rice and sauté them for a minute.
. Add 2 cups of water, salt and lemon juice; mix well.
. Let the water come up to a boil.
. Once starts boiling cover it and reduce the heat to LOW. Simmer it for 18-20 minutes.
. Then turn off the heat. Let it stand for 10 minutes covered so rice will get firm up and after 10 minutes open the lid.
. Fluff up with use of fork.
. Jeera rice is ready to serve.