Pea Pilau Rice

Recipe for a simple and fragrant pilau rice dish, flavoured with aromatic ghee and whole spices that is contrasted with sweet peas. Perfect to pair with chicken or meat for a dinner party.

 

Pea pilau rice, prepared with ghee and fragrant whole spices is the perfect option to accompany with meat or chicken for a dinner party or special occasion. Fluffy rice is coated in buttery ghee and spices such as cumin seeds, black cardamom and cloves which is contrasted with small bursts of sweetness from the peas. 

 

Recipe for a simple and fragrant pilau rice dish, flavoured with aromatic ghee and whole spices that is contrasted with sweet peas. Perfect to pair with chicken or meat for a dinner party.

Yay for it almost being the weekend! I hope your week is going well so far, readers. I have a recipe for pea pilau for you today. I actually prepared this a little while ago when my sister came to visit with her family. Amazingly, I managed to get some pictures in after cooking as they were running a little late so I decided to upload the recipe here on the blog. 

We are true rice loving Bengalis and when expecting company, we usually prepare some sort of pilau rice dish. In the past I have uploaded chicken pilau and mutton pilau, which are meals on their own right. This pilau however contains no meat or chicken and is intended to be an accompaniment to a curry. 

We paired the pilau with chicken korma, one of my sister’s favourite dishes and a recipe I hope to post as a follow up to this recipe.

 

Recipe for a simple and fragrant pilau rice dish, flavoured with aromatic ghee and whole spices that is contrasted with sweet peas. Perfect to pair with chicken or meat for a dinner party.

My mum traditionally used to make plain pilau rice, which just ghee and some whole spices. I like to add peas for a little bit of colour and some sweetness. 

As we are coming close to Ramadan, (hands up if you have started the Ramadan prep already!!) I definitely think this could be a great iftar dish to prepare. It is not spicy in heat and will go with anything, from meat to fish to vegetarian stews. Or add a dollop of yoghurt and enjoy it on its own!

As I have mentioned in previous rice recipes, to get a nice separated grain, make sure to use a high quality basmati rice. We use Tilda basmati rice to use for pilaus. Soak the rice for no  more than 15 minutes and then drain. And when adding water, I like to stick to a ratio of 1.5 cups of water for every 1 cup of rice. I use a standard coffee mug to measure this. It is proportion that is more important than the actual amounts.

I used a US cup to measure out the peas. To ensure that the peas stay bright and green in the pilau, I added some thawed frozen peas to the rice during the cooking process, when about half the water had been absorbed by the rice. I then left the peas on top and just stirred them through the rice at the end when I mixed the rice from top to bottom use a large flat spatula. 

Recipe for a simple and fragrant pilau rice dish, flavoured with aromatic ghee and whole spices that is contrasted with sweet peas. Perfect to pair with chicken or meat for a dinner party.

 

 

Pea Pilau Rice
Serves 6
A fragrant pilau rice dish with peas, cooked in ghee with whole spices.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups Basmati rice, washed and soaked for 15 minutes then drained
  2. 2 tbsp ghee
  3. 1 medium onion, finely sliced
  4. 2 bay leaves
  5. 1 cassia bark/cinnamon stick, snapped into pieces
  6. 6 cloves
  7. 1 black cardamom
  8. 1 tsp whole cumin seeds
  9. 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
  10. 1 cup and a half (approx 200g) peas
  11. 6 cups boiling water from kettle
  12. Salt
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, add ghee and allow to melt and heat up.
  2. Add the sliced onions and 1/4 tsp salt add allow the onion to soften on a medium heat.
  3. Add in all of the whole spices and leave the onions to cook until they turn golden brown for about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Once the onions are golden brown, add the boiling water from the kettle and allow it to come to a rolling boil.
  5. Once the water is bubbling, add 1-2 tsp of salt, add the drained rice to the pot.
  6. Cover and leave the rice to cook for about 5-10 minutes.
  7. When the water is about halfway absorbed, add in the frozen peas. Leave the peas to sit on top of the rice and do not stir them in as it may break the rice.
  8. Cover and leave the rice to cook for a further 5-10 minutes until the rice is cooked through.
  9. After all of the water has been fully absorbed ad the rice is fully cooked through, check salt to taste and season if necessary. Use a large flat spatula or spoon to mix the rice from top to bottom and distribute the peas throughout.
  10. Leave to rest for about 10-15 minutes then serve.
Notes
  1. I used the same coffee mug to measure the rice and the water.
  2. To measure the peas, I used a standard US cup.
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Recipe for a simple and fragrant pilau rice dish, flavoured with aromatic ghee and whole spices that is contrasted with sweet peas. Perfect to pair with chicken or meat for a dinner party.

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3 thoughts on “Pea Pilau Rice

  1. Me too use almost the same ingredients but cooking the rice is different. Well Cooking RICE is very personal thing LOL! What works best for you might not work for me.. but yeah once you have nailed the art of non sticky separate grains then stick to that method! Lovely display and I better not show this image to Mr as he would start off.. I have made him believe that no one serves curries with pulav! 😀

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