Nov 20, 2011

Easy Indian Cooking: Peas and Corn Pulao

Saturday was a lazy day - I woke up late, and a quick stroll through Target and a stop at the library later, I was back at home all tired and ready to sleep.  I did want a non-Maggi dinner, though, and made this easy pulao.  It's rice cooked with spices and vegetables - one of the easiest Indian recipes - and it also is my go-to dish when I want a decent-looking meal without too much effort.  While there are some flavorful versions of this using a lot of ingredients, I make it with whatever is in my freezer - and tonight it was frozen corn and peas.  This might not be the authentic/traditional Indian version, but it sure is a quick one.


Spices - left whole which ensures that the rice doesn't get too spicy, and they are easy to fish out once the rice is done (so you don't bite into it).  If you have a spice/coffee grinder, grind these to a fine powder and use.
5-6 cardamom pods
6-7 cloves
1-inch stick of cinnamon
2 bay leaves
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
10-12 peppercorns

Rice (Basmati or any other long-grain rice) - 1/2 cup - wash and soak in water for about 30 minutes.  Drain and set aside.
Onions - thinly sliced - 1/2 cup
Frozen peas and corn - 1/2 cup each
Ginger and garlic - finely chopped - about 1/2 tsp each
Cashewnuts - a handful
Green chili - finely chopped - about 1/2 tsp (adjust according to your desired heat level)
Water - 1 cup - bring to an almost boil to add to the rice while cooking.
Salt to taste
Butter - 2 tsp

I cook this in a 2-quart nonstick pan with a snugly-fitting lid.


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1.  Melt the butter and add in the whole spices.  Stir for about a minute or so, until the spices give off their aroma.
2.  Add the ginger, garlic, and chili.  Saute for about a minute.
3.  Add cashewnuts and thinly sliced onions.  Saute till the onions turn transparent.
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4.  Add the thawed peas and corn - saute for about 2 minutes.
5.  Add the washed and drained rice.  Saute for another 2 minutes, mixing carefully so as to not break the grains.
6.  Add the water, salt, stir, and soon as it comes to a boil, cover and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes or until the rice is done.
The rice is done when the grains are cooked through and the water has all evaporated.  This would take about 10 minutes.  The grains should be separate and not mushy or broken.

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I served this with raita (yogurt mixed with finely chopped onions, carrots, and/or cucumbers).  That was my quick and easy dinner, and the desert was a yummy chocolate ice cream.  Do you have any other easy-peasy, clean-out-the-fridge recipes that I could try?

Other food/recipes here.


  1. I just had pulao only Rads...n shame to shame,,,,corn n peas n onion only.... waise , i like my pulaos to have loadsss of vegess :D
    the picturess r fab!!!!!

  2. Is all I habbb which doesn't need cutting chopping cleaning...I wish they would sell frozen onions too :P :P :P

  3. Matar pulao during chilly winters is my favourite !
    There is this pulao called 'tehri' made in UP and haryana ,they just increase the amount of garam masala and other spices ,its especially made for winters..we would literally start sweating if we had that in summers :D But its the ultimate yummm pulao I ever had

  4. Tehri? Oh that sounds's nice na how adjusting spices makes it so perfect for the weather :D

  5. Looks yumm Rads! I'll try it sometime for lunch since I try to avoid rice for dinner :) The last pic looks so delish :D

  6. Oh RAds, mine is any type pasta :D mostly fusili with tomato sauce or white sauce :D cant be lazier than that :P

    Also your food looks buuutifullll =*

  7. ah u got it so right. and looks so yumm!
    this is exactly my go-to too... jus that i end up with a bit of both mushy and broken rice bahhh :((((
    Jus don know how to do rice this way. always used cooker!

    apart from this... kichidi :D

  8. o i thought they sold cut onions frozen too! at least shallots are avail peeled and frozen!
    plus like Nupur i like veggies - so i get the pack of frozen mixed veg :D easy peasy ;) freeze me over!

  9. this is my to-go meal too- specially when I get up late and cant think of anything to cook fast for hubby's tiffin :d

  10. nice dish and easy to try


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