Grind the above-mentioned ingredients 'to grind' in a blender and keep aside. Place a saucepan over medium heat, add the ghee. To the ghee, add the onions, salt, bay leaves, saute until the onions turn translucent. Add the ground mixture, saute until the raw smell of the ginger/garlic goes away- about 3 minutes. Add the rice to this and saute in ghee for about 3 to 4 minutes. Don't brown or over roast the rice.