Peas pulao recipe With video and step by step photos – this tasty matar pulao is simple and easy to prepare pulao variety. Vegan and gluten-free.
The peas pulao is aromatic and has sweet tones because of peas. This pulao can be made with fresh or frozen peas. For best results, I would suggest you to use good quality fresh peas for this recipe. Frozen peas lose their flavor and taste over a period of time and so their flavors don’t come through in this pulao. I prefer to use fresh peas to make this pulao or for other green peas recipes.
This pulao is often made in the Punjabi homes. I too make matar pulao regularly at home and have learned this recipe from my mil. As a variation, some people also add potatoes in this pulao. After cooking, the rice grains should be separate and the peas pulao should not look mushy.
I usually pressure cook the green peas pulao, but you can cook the pulao in a pot. If cooking in a pot, then the water quantity should be increased a bit. Measurements are given in the recipe details and step by step pics below.
You can Serve green peas pulav with curd or onion tomato raita, onion rings, kachumber, papad and pickle.
How to make peas pulao
1. Wash 1 cup heaped basmati rice till the water runs clear. soak the rice for 30 minutes. Drain and keep aside.
2. Heat 2 to 3 tbsp oil or ghee in a pressure cooker or in a pot. Add the following spices – 1 inch cinnamon, 1 black cardamom, 1 or 2 green cardamoms, 2 to 3 cloves, 1 to 2 single strand of mace, 1 medium bay leaf and 1 tsp cumin seeds. Saute till the spices release their aroma and become fragrant.
3. Then add ½ cup thinly sliced onions.
4. Stir. Saute till the onions get golden or caramelized. do not burn the onions as this will lead to a bitter taste in the pulao.
5. Add ¾ cup of green peas.
6. Stir well and saute for a minute.
7. Now add the drained rice and stir gently.
8. Saute for a minute.
9. Then add 1.75 cups water.
10. Season with salt. Stir well.
Cooking peas pulao
11. Cover and pressure cook for 2 whistles on a medium to high flame or for 10 to 12 minutes.
If cooking peas pulao in a pot or pan, then add 2 to 2.5 cups water. Cover the pot tightly with a lid and cook the rice till all the water is absorbed and the rice grains are cooked. Also, check the rice whilst they are cooking. If all the water has been absorbed and the rice grains have not cooked completely, then just add a few more tablespoons of water. Cover and cook the rice for a few minutes.
12. Let the pressure settle down on its own and then open the lid of the cooker. Gently fluff the rice and Serve matar pulao hot with tomato onion raita or boondi ka raita.
More rice recipes
- 1 cup heaped basmati rice
- ¾ cup matar (peas) - preferably fresh or frozen
- ½ cup thinly sliced onion
- 2 to 3 tablespoon oil or ghee
- 1.75 cups water for pressure cooking or 2 to 2.5 cups water for cooking in a pot
- salt as required
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 inch cinnamon
- 1 black cardamom
- 1 or 2 green cardamom
- 2 to 3 cloves
- 1 or 2 single strands of mace
- 1 medium bay leaf (indian bay leaf) - optional
- Wash the basmati rice till the water runs clear.
- Soak the rice for 30 minutes.
- Drain and keep aside.
making peas pulao
- Heat oil or ghee in a pressure cooker or in a pot.
- Add the cumin seeds along with all the whole spices. Saute till the spices release their aroma and become fragrant.
- Then add the sliced onions. Stir and saute till the onions are golden or caramelized. Do not burn the onions as this will lead to a bitter taste in the pulao.
- Add the green peas and saute for a minute.
- Now add the drained rice and stir gently.
- Saute for a minute. Add water and salt. Stir.
- Cover and pressure cook pulao for 2 whistles on a high flame. Let the pressure settle down on its own and then open the lid of the cooker.
- Gently fluff the rice and Serve green peas pulao hot with onion-tomato raita or green chutney.
- Follow the above recipe till step 8 (or till we add water and salt).
- Then cover the pot tightly with a lid and cook the rice till all the water is absorbed and the rice grains are cooked.
- Check the rice whilst they are cooking. If all the water has been absorbed and the rice grains have not cooked completely, then just add a few tbsps of water. Cover and cook the rice for a few minutes.