Once the ghee is hot, add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf and let them crackle for a few seconds.
Add cashew nuts and fry until they turn slightly brown.
Add onion, green chilli, ginger and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes until onion is slightly browned.
Now add mint leaves and coriander and saute for a minute.
Add water, salt and lemon juice.
Drain the rice and add it in the pan.
Cover the pan and simmer the heat to low.
Cook until rice is cooked and all the water is absorbed.
Remove the pan from heat and let the rice rest for 5 minutes.
Fluff the rice with a fork.
Garnish with fried onions and serve hot
You can use any variety of rice if basmati is not available.The water to rice ratio is very important to get the best result. Please follow it as mentioned in the recipe.Soak the rice for 30 minutes before cooking, as it will give you fluffy and separate rice.Use long grain basmati rice, as they turn out very tasty and aromatic.Green Chilies are added for spiciness, so you can adjust it according to your taste.Cook the thinly sliced onions on low medium heat to get that nice brown caramelized taste and color.To make it more wholesome, you can add in vegetables such as Carrot, Beans, Baby Corn, Potatoes, Mushrooms, Cauliflower, Broccoli, etc.