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Matar Pulao (Peas Pilaf)

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com


  • 2 tablespoon light cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 3-4 green cardamom pods
  • 1 medium-sized onion thinly sliced
  • 1 medium-sized tomato roughly chopped
  • 1 cup frozen green peas thawed and drained
  • salt to taste
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups Basmati rice rinsed thoroughly and drained


  • Heat oil in a deep pan on medium-low heat and add in cumin seeds, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom pods. Once they start to sizzle and become fragrant, add in onions, and fry for a few seconds till lightly browned. Be careful not to let it burn.
  • Add in tomatoes and peas. Season with salt, and give it a good mix.
  • Add in water and once it starts to come to a slight boil, lower the heat and stir in the rice.
  • Let the rice cook on low heat, covered, till all the water evaporates and the rice is cooked through. Serve warm.


This rice is best served alongside a curry - like my Dahiwali Chicken Curry, Egg Curry or Matar Paneer.