Wash the rice and soak in 2-3 cups of water for 30 minutes.
Drain the water.
Heat ghee in a pan.
When the ghee is very hot, add cumin seeds and when they starts to crackle, add green chilli and fry for a few seconds.
Add cardamom, cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon.
Fry for 20 seconds.
Add the soaked rice, lemon juice, bay leaf, salt and 2 cups of water.
Cover the pan and cook the rice on low heat till it's done and all the water is absorbed.
Switch off the heat and let the rice rest for 5 minutes.
Fluff the rice with a fork after it has slightly cooled.
Garnish with fresh coriander.
Use very good quality long grain Basmati Rice to make jeera rice. Long grain and aged rice are the best.Add cumin in the ghee, when it is really hot. The cumins will crackle immediately releasing all their flavor in the ghee. This simple trick makes a huge difference in the taste of this rice dish, so do not ignore it.Slightly crushing the whole spices before adding them in hot ghee makes the rice even more flavourful.Adding a few lemon drops in rice is my age-old trick to get fluffy rice each time. Even if you are making plain white rice, add a few drops of lemon to it. It will also keep the color of the rice white.Do not stir the rice while cooking. It will break the grains.