Peas (Mutter) Pilau

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Serves 4
What I love most about this pilau is it's simplicity. It is light, quick to prepare and truly delicious. Perfect on it's own served with Kachumbar, Tomato Chutney and/or Raita. As I have in the picture, this can also be perked up by serving it with a succulent Roast Chicken Charga and Crispy Fries.
300 gm
basmati rice (1 and a half cups), washed 2-3 times then soaked for half an hour.
onions, chopped
1/2 cup
peas, blanched/boiled for 5 minutes and drained
1/2 tsp
turmeric powder
1/2 tsp
coriander powder
1/2 tsp
freshly ground roasted cumin powder
2 tbsp
4 tbsp
1/2 tsp
garlic paste
a bit of chopped coriander
water or stock, warm (for every cup of rice, you will need 1 and quarter cups of water)
Whole Spices
1 tbsp
whole cumin
1/2 tsp
whole pepper
2 sticks

Place a pan on the stove. Remember that the rice will double after cooking and the meat, veggies and potatoes will go in there too so you will need to have enough space in the pan. Turn on the heat and once the pan is hot, add the oil and butter.

Then add the whole spices; cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, cloves.

Once they splutter in the oil, add your chopped onions. Fry them until they are translucent, stirring with a wooden spoon. Then add the turmeric and cumin/coriander powder.

Let these fry for a few minutes, then add the garlic paste and peas. Fry together for a couple of minutes then add the stock/water and some salt. Let the stock simmer and taste for the salt. You should be able to feel the saltiness. If it feels just right, it means you have too little. Remember that the rice will need some salt too, so let the salt be enough that you can taste it to be a bit more than you would want. Not too much of course!

As soon as the the water starts boiling, drain your rice (which should have been pre-soaked for about half an hour) and add this rice to the stock. Sprinkle a bit of coriander on this, and stir a little. Let this cook on high heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring now and then, then reduce the heat to medium and keep cooking it whilst covered until the water diminishes, giving it a stir every now and then to make sure all the rice is cooked evenly and perfectly.

When you find there is very little water left in the rice, reduce the heat to the lowest point possible. Seal your pan by using a tight lid or wetting a kitchen towel and placing it over the pan then placing a lid on top of it.

Leave the rice to continue steaming on very low heat for a good 10 mins. Switch off, and serve with accompaniments of your choice!

Enjoy! :)


yummy yummy mashallah

asalamoalqiaum fuzia u r so nice dear.. plz uplod recipes in urdu.. cz my mom cant reding english...thanx

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, thank you! Unfortunately I don't speak or understand Urdu so that will be a problem for me. :(


Amazingly simple and great!

Be blessed

I tried your pilau today.. It was delicious.. i made it for 30 adults and ofcourse increased the measurements. Superb.. Thanks

I have cooked pre cooked rice already can i still make this? and how should i change the method? Should i not add stock/water?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Not sure what you mean by pre-cooked rice. This is a pilau dish so you will need to cook the dish according to the recipe to get maximum flavour and best results. :)

Assalamu Aleikum, can I add cubed carrot to this pilau?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, yes you can.