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Basmati Pea Pilaf- Matar Pulao

Basmati Pea Pilaf - Matar Pulao

This pulao is a great veegan/vegetarian rice dish that if full of flavor. It's also a great side for your meat dishes.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Pakistani
Servings 4


  • 2 cups basmati soaked for 30 minutes
  • 2 cups peas
  • 4-5 tbsp oil flavorless
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 3 green chilli peppers
  • 1 inch piece cinnamon stick
  • 2 black cardamom
  • 3 dried red chillies
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp kashmiri laal mirch or chili powder
  • 4 cups water


  • In a large pot heat your oil and add the sliced onions. Saute till they turn a light golden brown.
  • Add the chopped tomato, the peas, all the whole spices and the green chillies. Saute for 4-5 minutes, until the tomato breaks down, then add the salt and laal mirch. Mix well, then add the water. Once the water comes to a boul let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Drain the soaked rice and add it to the pea stock. Let the stock simmer while the rice absorbs all the flavors. When most of the stock has been absorbed by the rice and you can see large bubbles forming, cover the pot with a lid, reduce the flame to the lowest setting and let the rice cook on dum for 10 minutes. Do not open the lid during this time.
  • After 10 minutes, steam should start coming out of the lid. Turn off the flame and leave the rice covered for 5 minutes, then open the lid and carefully loosen the rice with a spatula or fork. Serve warm. Refridgerate leftovers in an airtight container.


If you want to lower the spice level, omit the whole dried chillies. 
Basmati is the best rice to use for pulao's, I have not tried to make the with any other grain. Always soak your rice is lukewarm water for at least 30 minutes before draining and using. 
I use frozen peas for this recipe. I just take them out and add them to the pot frozen and they work great. 
It is very important to keep the lowest flame setting for the dum (When you let the steam do the cooking) part of the cooking process. You can even place the pot on the smaller burner of your stove for this process. 
Keyword Basmati, Basmati Pilaf, Matar Pulao, Pea Pilaf