1. Wash and rinse your rice. Place the rice in a bowl or pot and cover with cold water. Swish around with your hands a few times and then drain off the water. Repeat rinsing and draining until the water that drains off is clear - about 4 or 5 times.
3. Add in the whole spices and saute over medium heat until toasted and fragrant. Stir them frequently. This should only take a minute or so, just until you can really smell the spices. This is called “blooming” and helps to bring out the flavorful and fragrant essential oils in the spices. It helps take your recipe from good to great, so don’t skip it!