Dec 21, 2010

Peace with Peas Pulao

If you want to eat not too spicy and not too sweet rice then this is the dish for you.  Petitie, round and sweet Green peas will make your routine white rice flavorful and adds 1 vegetable serving to your daily plate. This looks delicious and balanced with spices, can be eaten alone or with some spicy chicken curry.

Basmati Rice - 4 cups
thinly sliced onions - 1 cup
Long Green Chilies - 4 to 5
Green Peas (Fresh or Frozen) - 2 cups
Milk -2 cups
Water - 6 cups
Ginger & Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp
Star Anise - 2
Cardamom - 2
Clove - 4 to 5
Cinnamon - 4
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tbsp
Black Pepper Powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1/4 tsp
Butter - 1 tbsp
Oil - 5 tbsp
Cashew Nuts - 10
Cilantro - 2 tbsp ( for garnish)

1. First wash the rice and drain it in the colander. Slice the onions and chillies very thin and long.
2. Heat the Oil in the Pan and add the Spices ( Cardamom, Clove, Cinnamon, Star Anise, Cumin Seeds )
3. After 1 minute (you  should sense the nice aroma of spices)  add the Onions and Chillies to the pan
4. Once the onions become translucent ( after 2 min) add the butter and then ginger garlic paste
5. After 1 minute add the peas to the pan, after 2 minutes peas gets blended with onions then add Black Pepper powder and coriander Powder
6. After 1 minute add the Drained Rice to the pan and mix it very well so that all the vegetables and spices gets blend in with the rice. Then Add the salt and mix it well and switch off the stove.
7. Take the rice cooker bowl and add the milk and water, then transfer the rice mixture to the Rice cooker bowl
8. Cook the rice according to the Rice cooker directions
9. Once the rice gets cooked, transfer this into big bowl or platter by spreading allowing it to cool.
10. Mean  while Fry the cashews and decorate them on the rice platter. Garnish with Cilantro leaves.

Yum! Yum! Yum! Peas Pulavo is ready to be enjoyed with your entire family. As this won't be spicy your kids also can enjoy this. The creaminess of milk and sweetness of peas balances the rest of the spices making this rice dish flavorful. Enjoy!!!

1. Coriander powder can be optional for American friends.
2. One can add bell peppers also to make it more greenful. In that case use 1 cup Bell peppers and 1 cup peas.

Serving Tip:  This can be served with Raita or Spicy Curried Chicken.

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