Wash and rinse rice.
If using white rice, soak with 1 cup of water for 30 minutes; for brown rice, soak at least 5-8hours or overnight for best result.
Strain and drain the rice.
Crush garlic, finely chop cilantro.
In a pot on medium/high heat, add 1 Tbsp butter and crushed garlic (do not burn or brown garlic) stir till butter melt.
Add rice and keep stirring until rice a bit darker give off some aroma (about 3-5 minutes).
Add 2 cup chicken broth, 1 bay leaf, 1/4 tsp ground cumin and stir. Also add 1/2 tsp salt if you're using unsalted butter or low sodium chicken broth for enhancing flavor.
Bring the whole thing to boil.
When boil cover with lid and reduce heat to low.
Keep simmering for about 15-17 minutes.
Remove from heat, but don't remove the cover yet. Let rest for 10 minutes.
Now, transfer rice to mixing bowl with a fork or spatula, mix rice with lime/lemon juice and chopped cilantro. Toss the bay leaf when you come across it.
Serve warm or cold as side or burrito