TOAST 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds over medium heat in a pot you wish to cook your rice in, until seeds become aromatic and lightly pop.
ADD 2 cups water, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 4 whole green cardamom pods or 3/8 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1/8 cup frozen peas (optional). NOTE: ADD the curry powder or turmeric from the CREATIVE ADDITIONS FOR YELLOW RICE; ADD up to 4 of the remaining suggested ingredients now as well, if desired.
RAISE heat to high.
BRING to a boil.
ADD 1 cup basmati rice.
BOIL 1 1/2 minutes.
REDUCE heat to lowest setting for 40-45 minutes.
REMOVE cardamom pods and cinnamon stick if desired; FLUFF rice with a fork before serving.