Indian Spiced Green Peas Pulao | Indian Matar Pulao Recipe
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 2-3 servings
  • Basmati rice – 2 cups
  • Vegetable oil – 4 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Bay leaves – 2
  • Star anise – 1
  • Cloves – 4
  • Cardamom - 6
  • Cinnamon – 2 inch piece, broken
  • Whole black peppercorn – 6 to 8
  • Onion – 2, large, chopped
  • Green chillies – 4
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Green peas – 1 cup (fresh or frozen)
  • Garam masala – 1 tsp
  • Corriandar powder – 2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  1. Wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes. Bring a large pot of water to boil and lightly season it with salt. Once the water comes to boil, add the drained Basmati rice and cook until just ¾th done. This would not take more than 10 minutes. Drain the rice and let it cool down completely. I suggest to prepare the rice much ahead of time so that you can work with completely cold rice in the later steps.
  2. If you are using fresh green peas then cook them in salted boiling water until soft. Drain and set aside. Skip this step completely if using frozen peas.
  3. Make a paste of ginger and green chillies in a blender adding a little water if needed.
  4. Heat oil in a non-stick pan on medium flame. Once oil is hot, add cumin seeds, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorn and star anise. Sauté them until fragrant.
  5. Then add chopped onion and sauté them until they become translucent but not too brown.
  6. Add ginger-chilli paste and saute it for another 1 minute. Then add garam masala and coriander powder and stir well. Add a splash of water to prevent the spices from burning. add the sugar and season with salt to taste.
  7. Next add the green peas and the rice and mix using two forks to coat the rice and peas well with the spices and everything is heated through.
  8. Green peas pulao is ready to serve with some spicy Indian curry! Enjoy!
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