Matar Pulao or Peas Pulao is a quick, filling, one pot, flavorful meal that is nutritious as well as takes care of your carb cravings.
Wash the rice and soak in 3-4 cups of water.
Heat ghee in a pan.
Add cumin seeds and fry for a few seconds.
Slightly crush cloves, black cardamom and black peppercorns and add them in the ghee.
Add bay leaf.
Drain the rice.
Add soaked rice along with lemon juice, salt, peas and 4 cups of water in the pan.
Cover the pan and cook the pulao on low heat till rice is done.
Remove the pan from heat and let the pulao rest for 5 minutes.
Fluff the rice with a fork.
Serve hot with Raita or Curry.
Use long grain basmati rice to make matar Pulao. The grains are long and very fragrant giving this peas pulao a lovely aroma and texture.
If the rice is old, it's best for making pulao. So choose rice that is atleast 2 years old.
You can use fresh or frozen peas to make peas pulao. If using fresh peas, cook them until they are softened before adding them in the rice.
You can add some garam masala powder and fried onion to your pulao to give it a slightly different taste.
Adding some sliced onion in the ghee and frying until they turn golden brown and then adding rice in the pan also lends a very nice taste to the pulao.
Adding a few lemon drops while cooking the rice makes it fluffy and whiter. So do add a few drops while cooking it.