Peas Pulao (Matar Pulao) Recipe (with Step by Step Photos)

This simple Indian rice dish probably needs no introduction. Just add some green peas while steaming the rice and voila! peas pulao is ready! However, everyone knows this and probably won’t require a recipe for it. However, this recipe is much more than the dish mentioned above; the rice and green peas are first stir fried with onion, ginger, garlic, green chilli, cinnamon and cloves and then steamed to perfection having each rice grain separated. Simple, easy to make and healthy!

Matar Pulao Recipe

1/2 cup Long Grained Basmati Rice
1/2 cup Green Peas (Matar), (fresh or frozen)
1 small piece of Cinnamon
2 Cloves
1 medium Onion, finely chopped or sliced
1/2 tablespoon Ginger-Garlic, crushed or paste
1 Green Chilli, finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon Oil
1/2 tablespoon Ghee
1 cup Water
Salt to taste

How To cook Green Peas Pulao in a Pressure Cooker?

  1. Follow the same recipe given below. Use a 3-liter capacity steel/aluminum pressure cooker instead of using a pan.
  2. Pressure cook the rice over medium flame for 3-whistles.
  3. Open the pressure cooker after the pressure releases naturally. Fluff the rice with a fork.

Directions to Cook Pulao In a Pan:

  1. step-1
    Wash long grained rice in water for 3-4 times. Soak them in water for 15-minutes. After 15 minutes, drain the excess water from the rice.
  2. step-2
    Heat the oil and ghee in a pan together over medium flame. Add cinnamon and cloves; when cloves begin to crackle, add crushed ginger-garlic, green chilli and onion.
  3. step-3
    Sauté until onion turns light pink, for approx. 1-2 minutes.
  4. step-4
    Add soaked rice and green peas.
  5. step-5
    Mix well and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  6. step-6
    Add 1-cup water and salt. Mix well and bring mixture to a boil.
  7. step-7
    When it starts boiling, reduce the flame to low and cover it with a lid. Cook it covered for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the lid and check whether the rice grain is soft or not. If it is not soft, add some more water(only if all water is absorbed) and cook for some more time. Do not open the lid in between multiple times otherwise rice may not cook properly.
  8. step-8
    After 10 minutes, turn off the flame and let it stand (with lid on) for 7-8 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff the rice grains with a fork.
  9. l_step
    Transfer matar pulao to a serving bowl and serve with tadka dal.

Tips and Variations:

  • The general measurement of water required to cook rice is 2:1 (2 cups water for 1 cup of rice). However, different brands of basmati rice require different amount of water. You can get the information about how much water is required on the backside of a rice pack.
Taste:  Mild spicy and aromatic
Serving Ideas:  It tastes awesome when served with Punjabi kadhi or dal and papad.

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Mar 24, 2018 by Nandagopal R
A very simple recipe. Very easy to make, and the pulao was very tasty. Thank you for the recipe!!

Mar 27, 2017 by mary mathew
Delicious and easy ! More recipes should be there.
Share the goodness with all so a happy world will be there.
I can cook !

Jul 20, 2016 by Charanya
Loved this recipe. Perfect for lunchbox for my little one.

Jul 11, 2016 by Navnath Ghuge
I tried this recipe and it came out very nice. It's simple but very yummy, thanks.

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Mar 24, 2016 by Izzy
This is literally the best rice recipe I've ever used. The flavour was so amazing with such few ingredients-I think the cinnamon stick really made it!

Response: Thank you Izzy for trying the recipe. Yes, the cinnamon adds the nice flavor.

Oct 13, 2015 by saurabh sundriyal
That is soo amazing recipes are here ....easy to cook and delicious in taste ...

Nov 26, 2014 by SREELALITHA
I tried this recipe, it's simple and yummy.

Oct 25, 2014 by Roopak
I tried this recipe, it came out very nice. It's simple but very yummy. Thanks.

Sep 20, 2014 by sneha
Really it is very easy to follow, I tried it and it came out very nice, thank you.