When my friend Nisha and her husband Sujit came over I had made jeera rice and they loved it, it was my second attempt and it and it was really good. Seriously,its Bindiya's recipe what would I do without her! She just had her second baby, blessed with a boy again, we both have been considerably busy these past days and I am yet to speak to her.....
Here it is:-
Shallots - chopped fine 1/2 cup
Green chilies - chopped fine 3 nos
Bay leaf - 2
Cumin seeds - 2 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Cooking oil - 1tbsp
Basmati rice - 1.5 cups (washed and soaked for 15mins and then drained)
Salt to taste
Water - 2 and 3/4 cups for cooking the rice
Cashew - Optional (1 tbsp)
In a non stick kadai pour the ghee and oil and once hot add the green chilies, shallots and bay leaf.
Once the onions are well done add the cumin seeds and fry it for a few seconds and then add the basmati rice and salt.
Fry it till the aroma arises and then add the whole thing in the rice cooker and pour the water and cook it till done.
Serve hot with any favorite curry of choice.
P.S. - If you don't like to add shallots its alright, just avoid it!