200g (7 oz) basmati rice
1 1/4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
1 onion, chopped
750ml (1 1/4 pints) water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
2 tablespoons garam masala
chilli powder to taste
175g (6 oz) frozen mixed vegetables
1. Rinse and soak rice for 30 minutes; drain.
2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté cumin seeds and cloves for less than 1 minute. Sauté the onion, stirring constantly, until brown. Stir in rice and fry for about 1 minute, stirring. Stir in the water, salt, garam masala, chilli powder and vegetables. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, or until all water is absorbed.
3. Fluff with a fork and stir in butter before serving.