This was really great. The cloves are removed before serving and the cinnamon stick doesn't leave any color so unless one looks closely that don't notice the cumin. They expect plain rice and are quite surprised at the first bite. I loved it :D. Aside from the fun part this rice tasted great, it's super simple to make and would go well with many things from North African cuisine to home style chicken,
I made this minus the cloves and used powdered cinnamon 1 1/2 tsp and it was delicious and surprising.
I made this to go with a chickpea curry last night and it really was the perfect complement to the dish. I left the amount of spices as written but only used 2/3 cup of basmati rice since there are only two of us. Definitely worth making again.