Green Peas Pulav

Living a superwoman’s life is a pressure too difficult to handle especially when you are determined to bestow all towards making it a reality. Microwave was invented particularly to help me live this being. Ha ha! If you would have asked me to talk about it during the last few semesters of my engineering days, I would have given you a far different opinion. Opportunely those days are behind letting me now enjoy the benefits.
It is difficult not getting addicted to microwave cooking for the sheer convenience it provides for urban chics (ahem ladies) especially.
I am not advocating its practice daily but those days when you are in real hurry or do not want to settle for a basic dal chawal or bread butter dinner you got to put use your friend.
Like the other day, when I reached home, well past the dinner time to learn that cooking activity was left to my skillful hands. I was not in a mood to eat anything ordinary by my standards. DH suggested pulav , raita and papad

Ingredients (for 2.5 people)
1 cup long grained basmati rice
½ cup green peas (frozen or fresh)
1 tspn curd
2 tspn cumin seeds( use only 1 if you don’t like it much)
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
3-4 cloves
3-4 black pepper whole
1 tspn ginger garlic paste
1 red chilly/ green chilly slit
1 tspn oil
salt to taste
Regular pan (20 min)
1) In a sauce pan, heat oil, add the cumin seeds, bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon, pepper and sauté for a min or until the cumin seeds splutter
2) Wash the rice under tap until it is well rinsed. Mix it with ginger garlic paste and set aside.
3) Add the green peas, chilly to the pan and sauté for a few minutes.
4) Add the rice, salt and about 2 cups of water .
5) Stir in the curd and cover for about 15 min or until rice is cooked.
6) Fluff with a fork and serve with curd or raita.
Microwave (10 min)
1) In a microwave safe large bowl, put some oil and cumin seeds. MW on high for 30 seconds.
2) Wash the rice under tap until it is well rinsed. Mix it with ginger garlic paste and set aside.
3) Now remove the bowl from the microwave, add the rest of the spices, chilly and green peas.
4) Cover the bowl, and microwave for 30 seconds on high.
5) Remove the bowl, add the rice, salt, curd and water and stir well.
6) Microwave on high for 7 min.
7) If required microwave on 70% for another 2-3 min.
Serve hot with raita and papad

Tips - Do not use ground garam masala for green peas pulav as that will change the color of the rice. If you wish, you can discard the whole spices before serving.

The rice from microwave will be less soggy and fluffs up better than the pot cooked.


Padmajha said…
I am sure to try this soon.Really yum...
Srivalli said…
I agree on how well this turns out!..
Unknown said…
Looks yumm very comfort food..
Unknown said…
Looks yumm very comfort food..
Chef Mireille said…
I generally only use microwave for re-heating food but if you are really pressed for time, this is a good alternative.
Usha said…
I use the microwave only for re-heating but I once tried pulav. I was surprised how good it turned out.

Your looks perfect !
Gayathri Kumar said…
My all time fav. Looks so nice...
Delicious and looks inviting.
Harini said…
delicious and aromatic too!
Rajani said…
I would stop cooking completely if MW isnt there! I cook the vegetables in it everyday and only the last minute sauteing is done on the stove top.

Great looking Pulao :)!
Archana said…
wow this is real yummy.
sushma said…
Feeling hungr after seeing the pic
Priya Suresh said…
Would love to have this pulao even everyday..
Sudha said…
Can't agree with you more about the microwave being a friend in need!YOur Green peas Pulav looks lip-smacking and I could brush off the whole plate in a jiffy - lovely recipe:)
Pavani said…
Microwave is definitely a boon to modern kitchen. Pulao looks delicious.
Unknown said…
absulotely favorite side dish!...simple and easy to make too!
Unknown said…
The microwave is really a life saver! Rice looks so perfectly cooked. And glad to run the marathon with you :)
Unknown said…
yes. I agree with you. I mostly go with microwave when it comes to pulav. It fluffs well. I make this pulav slightly in different way. Will try your version soon.
love this version n looks v attractive too...
Radhika said…
Lovely color the pulao has got Pradnya. You are right abt one. Mw is a real life saver.thanks for linking it to the event.
Fairy Garden said…
Nice and great to know how to cook in microwave.

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Kalyani said…
love the colour and texture Pradnya. and thanks for linking to MEC too !
veena said…
I love this microwve version. Looks very inviting
vidhas said…
yummy peas pulao. loved the MW version.
Suma Gandlur said…
Doesn't the microwave take around 20 minutes to cook rice?
Suma Gandlur said…
A quick dish during time crunches.
Cool Lassi(e) said…
Easy breezy pulao! Love it!
I agree with you, i use my MW for daily Cooking of Rice!!! Peas pulav looks very delicious!!!

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