Put the rice in a saucepan and cover it with water. Bring to the boil over a medium-high heat, then boil for 3 minutes. Drain, then return it to a dry pan.
Crush the lemongrass with the back of a knife, ensuring that the fibrous tissue is displayed. Add the milk, half the sugar, the cardamom pods, bay leaf and lemongrass to the rice in the pan and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat a