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peas pulao

Peas Pulao (Matar Pulao)

Peas pulao is white basmati rice cooked with garden peas, ginger and whole spices. Simple and tasty!

  • Author: Saima Zaidi
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Rice
  • Method: Stovetop, Pressure Cook
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup or 200 gm white Basmati rice, rinsed
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 cup frozen garden peas
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • 3 cloves
  • 5-10 black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-2 Thai green chilli, split lengthwise or chopped
  • 1-2 sprig cilantro, chopped
  • sea salt to taste

Instructions

Stovetop method

  1. Heat oil in a saucepan and add the whole spices. Let them sizzle for a few seconds, then add the grated ginger and green chillies. Sauté for a few seconds.
  2. Add the peas and salt, and sauté for one minute.
  3. Add the rice along with 1.5 cups water and let it come to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer.
  4. When the rice has absorbed most of the water, cover the saucepan with a lid. The pulao will be done in within 5 minutes after this. Take it off the heat and let it rest for a few minutes more. Remove the lid, fluff the rice and garnish with the chopped cilantro. Serve hot.

Instant Pot Method

  1. Switch the pot to sauté (normal) and add the whole spices. Let them sizzle for a few seconds, then add the grated ginger and green chillies. Sauté for a few seconds.
  2. Add the peas and salt, and sauté for one minute.
  3. Add the rice along with 1.25 cups water and mix well. Cancel sauté.
  4. Close the lid and make sure the steam release vent is turned to 'sealing'. Press the pressure cooking button (high) and set the timer to 4 minutes. When the timer beeps, wait for 5 minutes before releasing pressure. Once all the steam has escaped, open the pot, fluff the rice with a fork and garnish with the chopped cilantro.

Notes

  1. Do use Basmati rice for all your pulao recipes. It is the best rice for Indian recipes.
  2. Serve peas pulao with a simple coriander chutney and/or yogurt raita and a salad. These accompaniments really enhance the taste of the pulao.
  3. The amount of water for the stovetop version is more because more water evaporates in an open pan than in a pressure cooker.

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Keywords: peas pulao, Indian pulao, Indian rice dishes, matar pulao

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