Simple Green Peas Pulav - 2 ...... A simple pulav with the addition of only green peas that goes very well with any spicy dish be it Veg or Non-Veg .....
This is a very simple pulav prepared while I cook some spicy non veg curry. You can prepare this both a little bit bland or spicier. You just have to add in more spices to make it more spicier, but then the pulav actually tastes better a little bit less spicier complemented with a nice spicy curry. This is my take on the pulav you may increase the spices, as this one goes well in children's lunch box too. Onion is an option, which you may add if desired. I have not. Also if taking this off as packed lunch it is that much better without onions. Try this with a spicy dish and your family I assure will love it. Too much spice both in the pulav and the curry ends up finally in too much of spices and is not good for the tummy nor healthy too. Food should always be in good combination too and should always be cooked with love which then will turn everything simply awesome. I have already posted this recipe before where I prepared it in pressure cooker, here I used the normal kadai method. That is the only diff. with other minute changes. You may prepare the pulav in whichever method that is convenient to you. Just check under the Label section for the pressure cooker method if need be.
Basmati / Jeera Rice : 2 Cups.
Green Peas : 2 cups. You can use either fresh or frozen.
Jeera : 2 tsp
Cinnamon : 2” length 4-5 pieces.
Pepper : ½ tsp
Cloves : 1 tsp
Green Cardamoms : 4-5
Black Cardamoms : 5-6
Crushed Jaivitri : ¼ tsp
Star anise : 1 – 2
Bay leaves : 2-3
Curry Leaves : 8-10
Haldi / Turmeric Powder : 1 tsp
Salt to taste.
Ghee : 1 cup
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add in the peas if not using frozen and boil till half cooked. Keep this simmering ready aside. If using frozen peas, just wash them and add them while adding in the rice. Now in a thick bottomed pan, add in the 1 cup of ghee. When hot, lower the heat and add in Jeera, Pepper, Green Cardamoms, Black Cardamoms, Crushed Jaivitri, Star anise, Bay leaves, Curry Leaves and fry for a few minutes. Now add in Haldi Powder.
Now add in the drained rice and mix well. Add in the green peas along with the boiling water and salt to taste. Mix all well and bring to a boil for 3-4 minutes. Now lower the heat to minimum and cover with a tight lid. Let cook till 70% done.
Remove the lid, mix well and again cover and cook till done. Once done remove from heat and keep aside for 5-10 minutes. Open and allow the heat to pass away, wait for few minutes, for the accumulated heat to pass away. This will see to it that when you mix the pulav does not mash up. Now just mix the pulav once to get uniformed pulav with the help of a large fork. You may garnish with coriander leaves if desired, I did not as it was not available at home. Serve this pulav hot with any spicy curry. Tastes simply yumz.