Green Peas / Vatana Pulav …..You can have this with any spicy curry ...
Green Peas or Vatana Pulav is a very simple pulav that goes very well with any spicy curry. The pulav can simply be relished with a raita too. You can pack this in lunch box too as no onions are added which do smell if kept in tight boxes for long periods. Do try this simple variation of rice pulav and enjoy with any side dish of your choice.
Wash and soak in plenty of water 2 cups of Basmati / Jeera Rice for 30 minutes. Remove, wash and allow to drain well in a colander. Leave this aside for 10-15 minutes. The water should be fully drained.
Shell the Green Peas pods to get about 3 cups of green peas. Wash and drain. Keep this ready aside.
Heat 3-4 tblsp of ghee in a pressure cooker pan. When it melts completely, lower the heat and add one by one the following spices … 2 tsp jeera, 8-10 cloves, 1 tps black pepper corns, 2-3 slit green cardamoms, 2-3 slit black cardamoms, 4-5 pieces of cinnamon of 2 inches each in length or one large cinnamon stick, 2 star anise, 3-4 small bay leaves, 8-10 curry leaves. Fry all for a 1-2 minutes. Now add in 1 tsp of haldi powder and then add the green peas and mix well.
Add in the drained rice, salt to taste and 4 cup of water. Mix well and cover the lid of the pressure cooker. Keep the heat on medium and pressure cook the pulav to 3-4 whistles. Let the pressure drop on its own.
Once the pressure is released from the cooker completely, gently open the lid and allow the steam to pass off for a good 5-10 minutes. Do not attempt to remove the pulav in a hurry immediately. The pulav will get mashed. Let the pulav cool for 5-10 minutes, then with the help of a fork gently mix in the pulav. Do not give brisk stirs.
Serve the green peas / vatana pulav hot with any spicy curry of your choice. This pulav is not very spicy so it goes very well with spicy curries, like munchurian, egg curry, chicken curries or veg. kurma.