450g/1lb basmati rice (not easy cook)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped
Large knob butter, plus extra to serve
4 cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
2 bay leaves
600ml/1 pint hot chicken stock, vegetable stock or water (add one knorrs stock cube to the water.)
Sauté all the spices in a pot with a little butter and when they crackle add a lot of hot water.
When the water comes to the boil add the washed rice and continue on the high heat.
Check when the rice is done and then drain through a colander.
Once the rice has drained sprinkle fried sliced onion on top and garnish with coriander, etc.
Alternately, Put all ingredients into rice cooker, (along with thinly sliced chicken if required) after washing the rice well–leave to cook.