3 cups good quality basmati rice washed and drained .
1 bay leaf
8-10 whole peppercorns
3-4 green cardamom
1 tbspn cumin seeds
1 tbspn clarified butter or ghee
200 gms french beans chopped
1 medium potato cut into cubes
1 large carrot cut into cubes
1 medium onion sliced
1/2 cup frozen peas
6 cups hot water
1 tbspn rose water (optional)
In a deep pan ,heat the oil and the ghee , add the cumin seeds , when it starts to crackle add in the rest of the whole spices and fry for a few sec taking care not to burn it .
Add in the onions and saute it till it turns pale .
Add in the rest of the vegetables except the frozen peas and saute for a few minutes .
Add in the rice and saute that for a few minutes .
Add the 6 cups of hot water ,rose water ,peas and salt to taste .
Bring the water to the boil and simmer it and cover and cook till all the water has evapourated .
Gently mix the rice and veggies with a fork as a spoon can break the rice .
While cooking rice make sure the water is a tad more saltier ,the salt in the rice will be perfect .For a light fluffy rice gently prick the cooked rice with a fork .