Add two tablespoons Oil in a pan to make the rice. (use a wide open faced pan).
Saute the optional spices in the oil - cardamon, cloves, bay leaves, and cinnamon.
Add and saute the onions until translucent.
Next, add ginger garlic paste.
Followed by the rice saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add stock - let the stock come to a boil.
As soon as the stock comes to a boil - reduce heat down to a low simmer.
Place the lid on.
Put the timer on for 15 minutes and let the rice cook on low.
Once the timer goes off - switch the heat off but do not open the lip.
Let the rice cook in the residue heat for 10 min while you cook the Prawns.
Add chopped cilantro and prawns to the rice.
Fluff rice with a fork.