Indian Rice with Cumin & Green Peas

I've been drooling over photos of rice concoctions with green peas for a couple weeks and finally got around to trying it out.  It's pretty simple, especially with left over rice. This is totally something I would have adored as a kid.   And it is a fancier side dish than plain rice.
Heat butter in a skillet until melted.  Add spices/flavorings and stir to toast in the butter for 30-60 seconds:
1 tea cumin seeds
bay leaf
scant 1/2 tea salt
minced garlic
black peppercorns*
whole cloves*
optional: cardamom

*you may need to remove or warn guests about the whole spices

Add 1-2 C cooked rice (I used white basmati) and a sprinkle of frozen green peas and stir to coat.  Let it warm through then serve.

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