Peas Pulao or Matar Pulao is a quick, filling, and flavorful one-pot rice dish that is nutritious as well as good for managing your carb cravings. Made using green peas, long grain rice, and a few spices, this dish can be made in under 30 minutes using pantry staples (gluten-free).
Wash rice with water 2-3 times until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in 3-4 cups of water for 20 minutes.
Pot over Stovetop Method
Heat ghee in a pan over medium-high heat. When the ghee is hot, add cumin seeds and fry for 3-4 seconds.
Lightly crush whole cloves, whole black cardamom, and whole black peppercorns in a mortar and pestle, and add them to the pan. Fry for 3-4 seconds.
Add sliced onions and fry until they are golden brown (6-8 minutes).
Drain the rice and add it to the pan, along with green peas, lime juice, salt, bay leaf and 2 cups of water.
Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and cook the pulao on low heat until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender. It should take 20-25 minutes. Stir the rice gently once during cooking using a fork.
Remove pan from heat and let the pulao rest for 5 minutes. Fluff it gently with a fork and serve hot.
Instant Pot Method
Press SAUTE. Add ghee and when the ghee is hot, add cumin seeds and whole spices and fry them for 3-4 seconds.
Add onions and fry until they turn golden brown (6-8 minutes).
Now add the drained rice, peas, salt, and lime juice. Add 1-¼ cups of water. Close the lid and set the valve to the sealing position.
Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to 6 minutes on high pressure.
Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.
Release the remaining pressure manually and open the lid. Fluff the pulao using a fork and serve.
This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled. You can use fresh or frozen peas to make Peas Pulao. If using frozen, rinse them and use. If using fresh peas, boil them in water with little salt and sugar until they are slightly tender, and then use them in the recipe.You can add some garam masala powder and fried onion to your Matar Pulao to give it a slightly different taste.Adding a few drops of lime juice while cooking the rice makes it fluffy and whiter. So do add a few drops while cooking it.Washing the rice prior to cooking makes it fluffier too.Try adding some fried paneer cubes to make a nice Matar Paneer Pulao. You can also add potatoes and veggies to this rice.Crush the whole spices a bit to best release their aroma into the dish.