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School lunch recipe - Peas pulao


Posted on : 02/Jan/2019 18:41:29

Of the most popular North Indian lunch menu is Peas Pulao. This is in fact an integral part of most Indian households. This dish has a lot of different versions. Generally, as peas is  seasonal during winter, the recipe is commonly prepared in the months of November to February. Peas also has a very strong flavor and exclusive taste which makes the dish unique.

The accompaniment
Peas pulao can be served all alone, but it goes better with a spicy masala gravy as Chicken curry or Mutton Chukka or Tandoori Paneer or Cauliflower gravy. The subtle taste of the pulao when blended with a spicy curry will be a pakka combo to serve in your kid’s lunchbox.

Also, the dish goes well with dry starters like cauliflower 65 or chicken 65 or chicken lollipop. Go with whichever is your choice.

The exclusivity
There are a lot of spices and herbs tossed into the dish and hence it forms an aromatic lunchbox recipe. Furthermore, it is a quick-cook recipe and requires not much expertise. The overall cooking time is short too.

Ingredients Required
  • Basmati Rice – 1 cup
  • Finely chopped onions – 1
  • Ginger garlic paste – ½ tbsp.
  • Cashew nuts – 10 No.
  • Refined oil – as required
  • Ghee – 2 tbsp
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Turmeric powder – 1 pinch
  • Peas – 1 cup
  • Finely chopped green chillies – 2 No.
  • Cardamom – 2 No.
  • Cloves – 2 No.
  • Cinnamon – 1 No.
  • Salt – as required
Cooking Method
  • Take a pressure cooker and heat ghee.
  • Once hot, get the cashew nuts fried till golden brown color. Remove it and reserve aside.
  • In the same cooker, heat oil and sputter cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.
  • Next, add finely chopped onions, green chillies and ginger garlic paste. Saute all these together until the raw smell of ginger garlic paste goes off.
  • After the onion mix is well cooked, add the soaked basmati rice (make sure to soak the rice only for 20 minutes and not for too long). Give a nice mix altogether.
  • Now pour 2 cups of water and give a thorough mix once again.
  • To this, add green peas, salt, and turmeric powder.
  • Close the pressure cooker and cook in medium flame until 2 whistles.
  • Wait until the pressure gets released.
  • Once pressure subsides, remove the cooker lid and toss the fried cashews.
  • Serve this pulao with spicy side dish of your choice. Or a nice, fresh onion Raita will suffice as well.