Afghani fried brown rice


2 cups (1lb 5oz/600g) rice
5 T oil
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
½-in (1 cm) cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
6 cloves
½ T sugar

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Soak the rice for 15 minutes. Wash well and drain.
2. Heat the oil in a pot and fry the onions until brown. Add the cinnamon, bay leaf, cloves and mace, and sauté 5 minutes. Add the sugar and let it caramelize. Add the rice and saute for 2 minutes. Add salt to taste (about 1 teaspoon) and 4 cups boiling water, and cook for 9-10 minutes until the rice is perfectly cooked.