Thursday, May 10, 2018



In most urban households in India, pulaos made with long grained Basmati rice are prepared from time to time for either lunch or dinner. Generally, pulaos are relatively easy to make and turn out to be aromatic and tasty.

Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for Corn Methi Pulao, Mushroom Mint Pulao  and Panchranga Pulao.

Today's dish is an easy to make pulao made with Green Peas. I choose to use fresh green peas but if they are not in season you could quite easily use frozen peas that are so commonly available these days.

Today's pulao is served with Paneer Khurchan and fresh Curds Raita made with Cucumber, Onion and Tomato.

A tip: whenever we use Basmati rice, it is best to wash and soak it for a minimum of 30 minutes. Then drain out the excess water before you cook the rice.

This pulao is best cooked directly in the pressure cooker.


  • Basmati Rice, 1 cup
  • Green Peas ( Fresh or Frozen), 3/4 
  • Cloves, ( Lavang) 2-3
  • Bay Leaf (Tej Patta ), 1
  • Cinnamon, (Dalchini) 1 inch 
  • Cardamom, (Elaichi ) 2
  • Cumin Seeds, (Jeera), 1 tsp
  • Onion, 1
  • Green Chillies,  2
  • Ginger Garlic Paste, 1 tsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Ghee/Oil, 1 tbsp

Wash and soak the Basmati rice in adequate water for at least half an hour. Then drain out the excess water and keep aside. 
Thinly slice the onion and slit the green chillies lengthwise.

In a pressure cooker, add the ghee/oil and when it gets hot add the cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon and cardamom. Saute till the cloves puff up and the spices give off a good aroma.
Add the cumin seeds. When they sizzle, add the sliced onion and saute till they become translucent
Add the slit green chillies and ginger garlic paste and saute for a few seconds till the raw smell goes
Now add the green peas and saute for 1 minute
Next, add the Basmati rice and saute for about 2 minutes
Add salt, 1 and 1/2 cups of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles 
Switch off the gas, wait for the cooker to cool and then gently fluff the pulao with a fork
Serve Peas Pulao hot with salad/ raita or side dish  of your choice. 

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