Heat oil in a wide non-stick pan and add in cumin seeds, cinnamon stick and cardamom pods. Once they start to sizzle, add in onions and fry till lightly browned.
Add in the spices, salt and tomato paste, and fry for a few seconds to mix well.
Mix in the ground meat and cook for 5-6 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally so that the meat blends well with the spices.
Slowly add in the peas, rice and water, give it a quick stir, and cook covered on medium-low heat till all the water evaporates.
Once the rice has cooked, gently fluff it out with a fork and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves. Serve warm.