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Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onions and cook until soft approx. 5- 8 minutes. Add garlic and sautéed about 1 minute until fragrant but don’t burn.Pour rice into saucepan stir to coat then pour in the spices and 2 cups water and stir to combine.
Bring rice mixture to a boil. Lower heat to medium low and simmer, covered until rice is tender and water is absorbed completely, about 25 minutes.
Fluff rice with a fork and let it sit, covered for 5 minutes before serving.