Wash and soak rice and dhal for 30 minutes.
In a pan, heat oil and add the spices.
When they crackle add roughly ground ginger, garlic and green chillies.
Sauté for a minute and then add onions.
Sauté until golden.
Add peeled and cubed potatoes, salt and turmeric powder.
Sauté for one or two minutes on medium flame.
Add in the soaked and drained rice and dhal mixture.
Sauté for two minutes.
When it starts boiling keep on stirring the mixture until 90% done.
While the rice is cooking , fry the onions.
In another pan add oil, cumin seeds.
When they crackle add the onions and keep on frying until they turn very dark in colour. This gives a nice sweetness to the onions.
When the rice is 90% done. add the fried onions and give a stir.
Cover the top with a foil and cover with lid.
Keep flame medium low and let it cook for 10 minutes.
Remove from flame and allow it to settle for 10 more minutes.
Serve along with a side dish of your choice.