Who says rice is a boring side? It only takes a little spice to make it great!
Rinse rice in running water and rain for several minutes.
Heat a pot on medium. Sauté cumin in butter. Add onions and cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Add rice and mix well.
Add bay leaf, salt, pepper and 3 cups boiling water. Bring to a boil, reduce to low heat and cover. Cook 20 minutes and remove from heat.
Let rest 15 minutes before serving.