A quick, easy and flavourful pulao that goes perfect with any raita. This is a no onion no garlic recipe and is a delightful option on fasting days too.
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 cup fresh green peas (blanched)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp goda masala ( I have used ready goda masala)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups hot water OR as required
To be ground to a paste without adding water the spices mentioned below
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 clove
  • 4 black pepper
  • 1/2″ piece cinnamon
  • 1 small masala velchi ( badi elaichi)
  • 4 to 6 green chillies (adjust to individual spice required)
  • 3 sprigs coriander leaves
  • Wash the rice atleast thrice to get rid of excess starch. Soak in water for 10 minutes, drain water and keep aside.
  • In a nonstick/ ceramic pan heat oil, add mustard seeds. When they splutter add a pinch of asafoetida, turmeric powder, ground spices, saute well.
  • Add rice and saute well till the masala coats the rice. Add hot water and bring to a boil. When the rice is 3/4th done, add the blanched green peas and goda masala and salt. Cover and cook till done.
  • Serve hot with spiced curds or raita of your choice.
  • Adding blanched green peas when the rice is 3/4th done keeps the colour of peas intact and the peas also don’t get overcooked.
  • Adding goda masala when the rice is 3/4th cooked adds to the flavour and aroma of the rice.
  • If you do not have goda masala just skip it, increase the number of green chillies as per taste, tastes good too because of the ground spices.
Spiced Curds:
Curds is an accompaniment in Indian meals thats healthy and nutritious.
  • 2 cups curds
  • 1/2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • Sugar to taste ( add sugar only if the curds is tarter than you like)
  • Salt to taste
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk curds and add red chilli powder, cumin powder, sugar and salt. Mix well. Transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle a little red chilli powder and cumin powder and garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve chilled with pulao, biryani or masale bhath.