Peas Pulao (Peas and Rice)

Good afternoon everyone,

Peas pulao is something that I make when I want to add a little extra green and a little extra flavour to our dinners.  Did you know?

Peas are actually the seeds of a fruit (the pea pod) because they grow from the ovaries of pea flowers.  Many of the “vegetables” we enjoy are fruit, peas are just one of them.  And now I have to track down my high school biology teacher and tell him I did actually use the information taught in his 101 class… what was his name again?

Peas Pulao

2 teaspoons canola oil
1 tablespoon cumin seed
1 tablespoon brown or black mustard seed
2 medium onions, chopped
1/2 – 1 cup frozen peas
2 cups basmati rice
3 cups water

Rinse the rice under room temperature water until the water runs clear.  Drain well and set aside.

Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pot over high heat until shimmering.  Add the cumin and mustard and stir about 30 seconds until the mustard seeds begin to pop.  Add the onion, reduce heat to medium and saute until the onions are almost translucent, about 4 minutes.  Add the peas and continue to saute for 1 more minute.  Add the drained rice and stir for 1 minute.  Increase heat to high and add the water.  The water should cover the top of the rice by 1/2″ for white basmati rice and 1″ for brown basmati rice.

Bring the pot to the boil, uncovered.  Reduce heat immediately to medium-low, cover the pot and allow the rice to simmer for 10 minutes until all of the water is absorbed.  Remove from heat and allow the pot to sit, still covered for about 5 minutes.  Fluff the rice with a rice spoon or a fork.  Serve.

That’s it.  Very easy!

Tips:

You can replace the peas in this recipe with lima beans, prepared navy beans, black beans, corn, finely diced carrots, finely chopped broccoli or cauliflower, or mixed vegetables.

Until next time,
Peace and love,
Himmat

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