Thinly slice your onion and then roughly chop the slices in half
Add the oil to a non-stick pot and cook the onions until the edges of some pieces start to turn dark brown
Add the spices and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes
Add 3 cups of water and the rice to the pot. Stir and cover
Bring to a boil then turn heat down to low. Cook for 15 minutes
Remove pot from heat and let it rest for 10 minutes
Fluff rice with a fork, remove bay leaf and serve.