22 Jan 2014

Peas Pulao / Matar Pulao / Pattani Sadam Recipe

Peas Pulao is one of the easiest to make, takes very little time to make and also one of the most delicious and flavorful and most sought after in rice variety, a great lunch box recipe too and also a party favorite. We make this very often in our home and no one complains! This goes well with any non veg or veg gravy or even with plain raita
Today we had it with Paneer Butter Masala.  

The taste of this pulao can be enriched by adding coconut milk or even plain milk. If you don't prefer milk, you can add water. Use fresh peas, if not frozen peas. This can also be made as a one pot meal.
If you want to make this in a pressure cooker, check out this pressure cooker peas pulao.

Preparation Time 5 mins | Cooking time 25 mins | Serves 4

  • Basmati Rice - 2 cups
  • Peas - 1 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste - 2 tbsp
  • Coconut milk - 1 cup
  • Green Chilli - 1
  • Water - 3 cups
  • Salt - to taste
  • Mint leaves - few
  • Coriander leaves - few
  • Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
To Temper
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 
  • Cloves - 3
  • Cardamom - 2
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp (optional)
  • Bay leaf - 1

1. Wash and soak the basmati rice for 20 mins. 
2. In a pan or kadai, add oil, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom, fennel seeds, green chilli and bay leaf.

3. Saute for a couple of minutes and then add the ginger garlic paste. Saute for 3-4 mins until the raw smell leaves.
4. Add the green peas and mix.
5. Add the coconut milk, lemon juice and salt. Mix well and allow to boil.
6.  Once this boils, turn off the heat and transfer to the electric cooker. 

7. If your using pressure cooker, then continue the following steps in the pressure cooker itself. My mum always uses the electric cooker for rice.
8. Add the drained basmati rice, coriander leaves and mint leaves. Add the remaining 3 cups of water. Check for salt and close the lid. 
9. Open after the rice is done and fluff the rice with a fork.

1. Adding water is very important. If you add more water, you will get a mushy pulao.
2. Use good quality long grain (basmati) rice.
3. I have used 1:2 ratio (rice : water). This might change for different brands of rice. Keep that in mind while adding water. You can follow the ratio you normally do for long grained rice.
4. If you are using electric cooker, like how I have done, sometimes the cooker might show that it's done cooking even when you feel the rice is not cooked well. In that case, fluff the rice well with a fork and put it in cooking mode again, until it's done.
5. If you don't prefer coconut milk, add 1 cup of plain milk. Coconut milk enhances the flavor. If you don't prefer both, just add water.

Until next time,
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  1. really yummy pulao... especially with that coconut milk!

    1. Thank you Rafeeda, yes coconut milk makes it more flavorful!

  2. Yum - I'm definitely going to make this. I don't think I've ever done rice with coconut milk - yum yum!

    1. Do try Nicole! Let me know if you have any other doubts!

  3. yummy tasty pulao. Love the usage of coconut milk.

  4. very very deliicous and yummy pulao dear :) looks so inviting !!

  5. perfectly cooked rice, looks are great :)

  6. nice and looks perfect with paneer butter masala.. both are my favorite.. :)

  7. we do it the same way at home with coconut milk. looks perfect Beulah. Thanks for linking to the lunch box event.

  8. very tasty and easy pulao... preparation.. thanks for linking to my event


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