Whenever vegetables go out of stock in my refrigerator, peas have always helped me much. I would end up with peas pulao or biryani. I made it today and served with cucumber raita.
This is an easy recipe for peas biryani.
Peas 3/4 cup
Rice 1 1/2cups
Big Onion 1
Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder 1 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste 1 tsp
Coriander Leaves to garnish
Water 3 cups
Butter and Oil
Coriander Leaves few
Mint leaves few
Bay leaf 1
Fennel seeds 1/8 tsp
Big Tomato 1
Fennel seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/4 tsp
Bay leaves 2
Chop Onions. Soak Basmati Rice for 15-20 minutes. Grind the ingredients under "To grind" to a smooth paste.
Heat Butter and Oil in a Pan. When hot, add Cumin and Fennel seeds. After they popped up, add bay leaves and cloves.
Add ginger garlic paste and onions. Fry till they turn slightly brown.
Now add the ground paste. Fry till the raw smell leaves and the oil separates.
Add the masala powders, peas and little water. Cook till the water evaporates and they mix well together.
Add the rice. Fry it along with the Masala for few minutes and then add water & Salt. Cook on a high flame.
When the water level decreases the rice level (you can see small holes), simmer the flame (the lowest), close the lid and cook for another 5 minutes. Now open the lid. Use a fork to see whether rice is done. If not, cook for some more time. If cooking with a pressure cooker, allow one whistle.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve with any Raita and/or a curry with vegetables