Soak and drain basmati rice for at least 30 mins.
Melt good quality butter in pan and fry cinnamon, cloves, star anise & cardamom.
Next add chopped onions and fry till soft.
Follow this with chopped tomatoes.
Next add garlic-ginger paste which has been ground with cashews and almonds.
Add more butter to get a smooth paste.
Add sliced fresh red chilly (cut long) and salt.
Finally add soaked rice and give it a good stir.
Transfer to cooker and add sufficient water (rice 1:1.5 water) and cook
Garnish with pre fried cashews and fresh coriander leaves.