Thursday, June 24, 2010

Green Peas pulao

A very simple and mildly spiced pulao made as an alternative to the usual plain rice.

I make this green peas pulav as a quick dish for hubby's lunch pack. It won't consume much time or demand a great skill during the peak hour.



Ingredients:
Green peas (frozen or fresh) - 3/4 cup
(Don't use dry ones for this recipe)
Basmathi rice / raw rice (pacharise) - 1 cup
ghee - 1 tbsp
ginger - 1 inch
garlic - 2 pearls
green chillies - 2
onion (sliced thinly lengthwise) - 1/2 cup
lemon juice - 2 tbsp
cilantro + mint leaf (chopped) - 1/4 cup
bay leaf - 1
cloves (lavangam) - 2
cinnamon (pattai) - 1 inch
cashews - 10
salt - to taste

Method:
Wash and clean the rice. Soak it for 30 minutes.
Defreeze the peas by putting them in some water.
Grind the chillies, ginger, garlic together to a fine paste.

In the mean time, heat ghee in a wok. Fry the cashews to golden color and keep aside.
In the same wok add the bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon and fry for a few seconds.
Immediately add the sliced onion . Saute it till the onion wilts.
Now put the masala paste and fry till oil separates. Put the green peas and saute a little. Add salt to taste.

Add the soaked rice (remove the excess water by a colander) and fry for a minute. Pour water just enough to immerse the rice. Add the lemon juice (lemon and ghee keeps rice grains separate). Cover and cook in very low flame till done.(We can cook the rice separately and add at the end also). Remove from heat while the rice is almost cooked (but stiff) and serve hot.

Garnish with fried cashews and minced cilantro + mint leaf.

Green peas pulav is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Serves 2 people.
Pair this flavorful peas pulav with any spicy curry like Gobi manchurian or simply a mint chutney + raitha and enjoy!

25 comments:

divya said...

looks awesome and delicious .....

Sathya Sankar said...

Pulao looks delicious, very quick and easy one !

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

this is our family fav food,very tempting rice,luks perfect...pictures are really gud.

Satya said...

hi viki
pulao looks delicious n tempting ...
i tried ur vanilla cake n its came out very well ,every body liked it ..thanks viki

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thank you friends.
Satya: Thanks for trying out and liking my vanilla cake recipe dear. I feel so happy.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Viki,
How are you dear? This pulao is perfect for tiffin box item. Looks delicious with those fried cahsewnuts
Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Soma Pradhan said...

peas pulao always beats any other rice dish..so simple and yet feels so nice to eat

Nandini said...

Wow! This pulao is healthy and tasty! It tastes best with some pachadi! I'd love to have some!

Swathi said...

This green peas pulao looks delicious . Nice to have with some raita and pickle.

AshKuku said...

I had something similar in my draft too.... So u just reminded me that.... I ought to post it too.... May be my next..... Your prep looks tempting..... Oh! this is always one of my favorites.... :-)

Ash....
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Hari Chandana said...

Looks sooo perfect and delicious.. Yummyy

Priya said...

Our favourite pulao, looks delicious and yummy..

Sushma Mallya said...

simple & delicious pulao..

Suja Sugathan said...

How r u dear..this pulao looks awesome..simple and delicious.

Ramya said...

Looks yumm..I too make this pulao when I fridge is practically empty:)

Niloufer Riyaz said...

my favorite pulao. looks absolutely delicious

Rachana said...

Green pea pulao looks lovely!

PranisKitchen said...

me too prepare for lunch box. its very easy and delicious choice.. with any veg/nonveg gravy its so yumm..

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Jay said...

Hy,
First time here...wonderful space you have...Amazed by the healthy collection of recipes...Glad to follow u. Do drop in at my space sometime.

GayathriRaj said...

Hey Viki how are you dear...??/ its so nice dish i feel....and i think it is very easy to make when we are in a hurry and wanna have somethng nice and different...This came out really good and would love to have it rgt away....:)

meera said...

hi viki...

its my all time favorite and something which i do when i feel very lazy to cook... but sometimes I have ended up with mashed rice.. today I tried adding lemon juice as u mentioned in the recipe and it came out perfeect as seperate long grain rice.... that's really a great tip viki... Thank u so much for sharing it...:) now I have no worries of rice getting mashed....
and I have a doubt too.. can we add lemon juice for the rice varieties in which we add coconut milk....?

Viki's Kitchen said...

Meera: Thanks dear. Yes, you can add a very little lemon , so that it won't alter the taste. But I wont add lemon juice for coconut milk rice, as coconut itself acts as butter/oil and makes the rice look grainy.

meera said...

Thank u so much viki...:) You've inspired me a lot in cooking.. I'm trying all the dishes one by one and i gotta say everything is turning out to be perfect...:) You're doing a great job viki... keep posting....

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thanks Meera. Now I got the reward for publishing this blog by your words. Thanks for the compliments dear.