Matar Pulao

Matar Pulao

Matar pulao, a popular Indian dish made with basmati rice and peas, offers several health benefits. Basmati rice, commonly used in this recipe, is a good source of carbohydrates, providing essential energy for the body. Peas, the key ingredient, contribute dietary fiber, plant-based protein, vitamins, and minerals. The combination of rice and peas in matar pulao offers a balanced mix of complex carbohydrates and protein, promoting satiety and supporting muscle health. The dish is often seasoned with aromatic spices like cumin, cardamom, and cloves, which not only enhance flavor but may also provide antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Prepared with minimal oil and additional vegetables, matar pulao can be a nutritious and wholesome meal when enjoyed as part of a well-balanced diet.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 cup green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium-sized tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil or ghee
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1-2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1-inch ginger, grated
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish

Instructions:

Rinse the Rice:
  • Wash the basmati rice in cold water until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in water for about 15-20 minutes.
Prepare Ingredients:
  • While the rice is soaking, prepare the vegetables and other ingredients.
Sauté in Rice Cooker:
  • Switch on the rice cooker and set it to the sauté mode.
  • Heat oil or ghee in the rice cooker. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add sliced onions and sauté until they turn golden brown.
Add Aromatics:
  • Add finely chopped green chilies, grated ginger, and minced garlic. Sauté for a minute until the raw smell disappears.
Add Tomatoes and Spices:
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook until they become soft.
  • Stir in turmeric powder and garam masala. Mix well.
Add Peas and Rice:
  • Add green peas to the mixture and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Drain the soaked rice and add it to the rice cooker. Stir well to coat the rice with the spices.
Cook in Rice Cooker:
  • Pour water into the rice cooker. Add salt to taste.
  • Close the lid and let the rice cooker automatically switch to the "cook" mode.
Check for Doneness:
  • Once the rice cooker indicates that the rice is done, fluff the rice gently with a fork.
Garnish and Serve:
  • Garnish the matar pulao with fresh coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with raita or a side of your choice.

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