For preparing jeera rice, first wash and soak basmati rice for 15 minutes.
Drain the rice in a strainer and keep aside.
Heat ghee in a thick bottomed pan. Fry cashews to a golden brown and keep aside.
Add onions, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon stick, cumin seeds, pepper and fry for a few minutes.
5)Stir in rice and fry for 2 minutes. Pour boiling water into the rice.
6)Cover the pan and stir occasionally. Cook rice in a low flame until water has evaporated fully and rice is done.
Garnish jeera rice with fried cashews. Cumin/jeera/jeerakam/jeerage rice is ready and serve hot with raita, pappad or pickle.