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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Simple Rice and Peas Pulav

Lori T. this recipe is for you. This is how I spice/flavor up my plain white rice. This is not a fancy recipe for Biryani (which by the way, I am going to post later :)

This pulav goes well with any thing specially with spicy curries. You can even make this with left over white rice.

For best results use Basmati rice, but you can use any long grain white rice.


1 cup Basmati rice

1 onion

1 cup green peas frozen

1 table spoon olive oild

1 teaspoon butter

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

5-6 cloves

2 one inch sticks of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of black pepper corn

1 teaspoon sugar


* Cook Basmati rice or any white rice per my recipe on blog or however you cook it.

* Just be sure that the grains are separate and rice is not sticky.

* Set aside.

* Slice onion.

* Microwave frozen peas for 2 minutes.

* Heat olive oil and butter in pan.

* Add cumin seeds when they crackles add cloves, pepper corn and cinnamon sticks.

* Stir for few seconds.

* Add sliced onion.

* Add sugar, saute and caramelize onion slices.

* When onions are nice and brown add peas.

* Stir and cook for 1 min.

* If you want to add any additional spices or turmeric this would be the time to do it. (I did not add anything this time just to keep it simple)

* Add the mixture to cooked rice and toss the rice, peas and onions with wooden spatula, make sure that rice grains don't break and become mushy.

Nice and colorful side dish of rice and pea pulav is ready to be served.


* You can make any variation to this recipe for example:
* You may add some spices (all spices, cayenne pepper, black pepper to taste)
* You may add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric to rice and peas mix before tossing in rice for yellow color to it.
* You may use frozen mix vegetable instead of peas. You can add fried paneer cubes to this.
* If you don't want the pulav to be overloaded with peas and spices you can use more rice or less peas/onions and spices.
* This is very simple recipe for my plain rice/peas pulav.

Recipe and Photographs by Surekha.

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