27 December 2013

Pea Pilaf (Pea Pulao)

When visiting my Mama (+Juliana Madan)

 for Christmas, she taught me the following quick recipe for a delicious rice pilaf with peas.









Keep prepared the Biryani paste




 Blend: 

  • 1/2 bulb garlic peeled, 
  • 1" inch ginger peeled, 
  • 2 green chilies, and 
  • 1/4 bunch of coriander (cilantro) leaves, cleaned
Note - you can make & store the blended paste in the freezer for reuse in the future (as this helps make the recipe all go very quickly) 





Heat oil in a large pot:


  • fry an onion till translucent 
  • add 1 cup cleaned basmati rice 
  • stir the rice in the oil, so the rice does not stick (3 mins). The rice should be slightly crisp, not DAMP.
  • add the biryani paste from above; 
  • add 2 cloves, 4 pods of cardamom, pinch of star anise, 1 small broken piece of cinnamon, carrots, peas, and whatever is clever
  • add 2 cups of BOILING water
  • cover till the rice is cooked




Serve:
  • add 1/2 a lemon's juice + a little salt to taste
  • add fresh cilantro & fresh mint for garnish
  • serve with Riata (see a separate recipe for that)

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