It gets boring- eating plain basmati rice. Sanju loves having a curry with flavored rice of some sort-like a pulav/pulao 🙂 Whenever our mates come over, I make atleast one flavored rice and most of them appreciate the fact that it isn’t just plain rice. My favorite is peas pulav and Sanju’s is Methi Pulav (Fenugreek leaves Rice) 😐 [He is OBSESSED!!!!]. Jeez…As I type this-He is in an Indian Grocery Store-getting Methi.
Peas Pilav/Pulav/Pulao- Most of Indian Restaurants serve these-the main reason being- it is so easy to make this. You could do this in a rice cooker/pressure cooker. Main ingredients are garden peas (duh!), mint leaves, onions. If you are missing one of these key ingredients, I wouldn’t recommend trying this out.
- Rice-1.5 cups [Soaked for water for 5 mins]
- Frozen Garden Peas-1 cup
- Onion-1 large-sliced lengthwise
- Garlic-4 cloves
- Ginger-An Inch Piece
- Green Chili Slit-3
- Mint leaves-2 handfuls-finely chopped
- Cloves-2, Cinnamon-1 stick,Bay leaf-1, Green Cardamom pods-1, Star Anise-1,Black Cardamom-1
- Cashews-15-broken into bits
- Coconut Milk-0.5 cups (/water -coconut milk makes it look prettier, tastes better as well)
- Water-1.5 cups
- Coconut oil-1 Tbsp
- Salt-to taste
- In a pressure cooker/pan(if you are planning to use a rice cooker), add coconut oil, heat it, add cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf, cardamom pods, star anise, let them fry for few seconds and add cashews and let them brown and throw the onions and green chili in.
- Fry until onions are translucent[Do not brown them]. Grate garlic and ginger and toss them over the onions. Fry for a couple of minutes and add mint leaves in.
- Wait until they wilt and then add rice and mix until rice gets coated with onion mixture.
- Chuck the peas in as well. Mix them all really well.
- Add coconut milk, water and salt.
- If you are using a rice cooker, tranfer it to one and cook until rice is done
- If you are using a pressure cooker, cook on medium heat until the cooker whistles 3 times and then on low heat for 5 mins.
- Serve with any spicy curry 🙂
- Amount of water depends on what brand of rice you use. Some require 1 cup rice to 1 cup water, some 1 cup water to 2 cups
water. Check the package for instructions