Mint (Pudhina) Peas (Mattar) Pulao

An exotic aromatic rice pulao prepared with peas and fresh mint leaves!!
Simple, Easy and takes minutes to dish out!

Peas are considered to be one of the most nutritious vegetable and low in calories.
Although frozen and canned peas are easier to use, consuming fresh peas whenever possible is a better option as the key vitamins such as Vitamin C, B1, B2, B3 and B6
will be more in fresh peas than frozen or canned!!

Fresh mint is a decongestant, helps with indigestion and supports healthy cholesterol
It has a mild calming and soothing effect
Mint is a natural anti-microbial agent and breath freshener.  Mint tea is good for you as Mint has the highest anti oxidant properties!

 

Ingredients for 6 serves

1 Small Onion
1 Small Tomato
1 Clove garlic
2 Small finely chopped green chilli
A handful of fresh mint leaves

Roughly chop the above, grind into a fine mixture and set aside

1 Cup Basmati or Long Grain Rice
1 ½ Cups Water
½  Cup Fresh or Frozen Peas

2 Tbs Oil
¼ Tsp Turmeric
1Small Onion
1-2 Tsp Salt

Mint Peas Pulao

Preparation

Cook the rice in an electric rice cooker – if you have a steamer, place the peas to be steamed simultaneously!!
OR pressure cook the rice with a couple of whistles and in the meantime cook the peas with a tablespoon of water in the microwave on high for about 5 minutes or directly in a pot with water

While the rice and peas are being done, heat the oil in a pan and add the turmeric
Add the onions and saute until soft
Fold in the ground mix in the pan with the sauted onions, salt and fry for a couple of minutes
Add the cooked peas and mix it thoroughly

Gently fold in the cooked basmati rice into the above, in small lots alternating the rice and the mix with a wooden ladle

Garnish it with finely chopped coriander leaves.
The peas mint pulao is ready to be served!!  Tastes yummy with Tadka Dal or Rajma!!

Note:  Any Vegetable can be substituted for the peas and prepared in a similar manner – You may also cook the rice and veggies in the electric rice cooker enhancing it with a few spices!!!  But my preference is to cook it separately and fold it gently……

 

 

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