Green Peas Pulao

There are days when you ache for a change in the way you prepare rice, you want it to look festive, yet don’t want an elaborate preparation, what do you do on days like that ? For inspiration I rummage through the freezer section in my refrigerator, there sat a half opened bag of Green Peas screaming “Try Me!” I won’t fail you. The plan was already on to cook some spicy mussel meat fry for the afternoon, in a split second the menu formed itself , what could go with the spicy mussels, something gentler and subtle in taste, yet comforting and nourishing. The Green Peas Pulao took over. It took hardly 20 minutes from start o finish, nothing like  putting your legs up and enjoying a delicious meal in front of the TV on a weekend, comforting easy and filling.


Ingredients :

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 heaped cup green peas
  • 1 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 4 green chilies slit lengthwise
  • Handful of mint leaves
  • 1 large onion sliced fine
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • Cashews to garnish (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin/ jeera
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 to 6 green cardamoms
  • 2 strands of mace
  • a small piece of nutmeg (optional)
  • 6 cloves
  • little Stone flower (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 ” cinnamon stick
  1. Wash and soak rice for at least 30 mins in warm to hot water. Drain & set aside.
  2. Slice the onions, mint leaves and green chilies.  Set aside.
  3. Warm ghee/oil in a heavy bottomed vessel and saute the cashews until they turn golden, followed by the spices.
  4. Now to this, add  the onions and saute until golden. Then add the ginger garlic paste and stir until the raw smell disappears.
  5. Now add the mint leaves & stir for a few minutes.
  6. To this now add the washed green peas and the drained rice. Gently stir it together taking care not to break the rice grains, after the rice is fried a bit add in the water along with salt to taste.
  7. If cooking in a pressure cooker wait for 2 whistles before switching the flame off, if on an open vessel  cook until water is almost absorbed by the rice & remove from flame. Both needs to be on medium flame setting.
  8. Fluff up with a fork once done. Allow to rest for sometime.
  9. Garnish  Green Peas pulao  with  cashew nuts. Serve with raita  or a spicy mussel meat stir fry like I did. It will be a hit combo to try !

For my other recipes using green peas  check the link below:

Cauliflower and Green Peas Kurma,

2 Comments Add yours

  1. mistimaan says:

    My favourite recipe….will try it 🙂


    1. Thank you, please try & do let us know how it turned out for you 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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