Since this is just beginning of my recipe series, I thought of making something very simple yet delicious. I am a big fan of rice. I just cannot live without it. If couple of days, I skip having it, I start missing it so much 🙂 Our traditional way of having rice is usually with a lot of side dishes. But being working, it is kind of difficult to prepare that much variety each time for one meal. So flavored rice is a good alternative if you are a rice lover.
Green peas pulao is probably one of the easiest recipe you could make. Traditionally, making pulao is even more quicker since everything is just put in a pressure cooker and give one whistle and pulao is ready. But I haven’t used pressure cooker for this preparation. I made rice and the masala separately and mixed it.
Basmati rice – 2 cups
Green peas – 3/4 cup
Onion – 1 medium sized
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
Green chilli – 2 nos
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Garam masala – 1/4 tsp
Lime juice – 1 tsp
Ghee/Oil – 1 tbsp
Salt – to taste
Coriander leaves – 5-6 strands
1. Wash and soak basmati rice for about 15-20 mins. Whenever you use basmati rice, it is better to soak it because this helps the rice to get evenly cooked and take a nice long form.
2. Usually basmati rice needs about 1.5 measure of water for cooking. In this case, since we are using 2 cups rice, we would need 3 cups of water. Add salt to the water you are using for cooking the rice. An easy test to ensure you put the right amount of salt is by tasting the water. It should be just enough salty that you would want the rice to be.
3. Add lime juice to the water. This ensures that the rice doesn’t get sticky and each grain is separate from each other. You could also use 2 drops of oil/ghee for this purpose. Cook the rice(I used rice cooker to cook the rice) and keep aside.
4. Heat ghee/oil in a pan. Put chopped onion, ginger garlic paste and green chilli and saute. Add salt at this point(for the masala alone, because the rice is already seasoned with salt).
5. Once the onion turns pink, add turmeric powder and garam masala. Continue to saute for 3-4 mins.
6. Add green peas and cook till peas is done on medium flame. If you feel that the mixture is getting too dry, you could add 1 tbsp of water to moisten it while its cooking. Overall the masala should be little dry and not watery.
7. Mix the prepared masala with the rice. When you mix the rice ensure that you use a spatula or a flat spoon, and mix it very lightly. Otherwise the rice will break and wouldn’t look good. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Note: Goes well with raita or any spicy gravy.