Fresh peas or matar as it is called in Hindi is my favorite vegetable. They are like little green pearls nestled inside the pod. The combination of peas with basmati rice is totally awesome. I make my own spice powder for the pulav which is very fragrant and takes the pulav to the next level. The recipe comes together in about 30 minutes.
Growing up in a small town in Karnataka, fresh peas was never available. Peas were not available in our local grocery stores here in LA until a few years back. Now whenever I visit my local Indian grocery store I definitely buy peas. I shell the peas wash and freeze if not using right away.
- 1 ½ cup basmati rice, soaked for 15 minutes
- 2 ¾ cup water
- 1 cup fresh peas
- 1 onion sliced thinly
- 2 green chilies, slit lengthwise
- Salt to taste
- 2-3 tsp ghee
- 1 tsp whole cumin
For the spice powder:
- ¼ inch piece of cinnamon
- ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
- 6-8 whole pepper corns
- 4 cloves
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 star anise
- 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
Add the ingredients mentioned under spice powder to a coffee grinder and make a fine powder. Keep aside.
Take a pressure cooker add ghee, when it warms add whole cumin. When cumin sizzles add onion and green chilies. Saute until onion is golden brown. Add peas and stir.
Drain the water from rice, add rice and water to the cooker. Add spice powder and salt, stir lightly.
Cook on high until the whistle sounds. Time and cook for exactly 2 minutes after this and turn off the flame.
Release the pressure manually and let it rest. After 10 minutes fluff the rice/pulav with a fork and serve with raita.
The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.
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