2/12/11

Day 4 - Blogging Marathon - Peas Paneer Pulao

Yes Yes , I managed to post for 4 days in a row. This recipe is something close to my heart.I love the aroma of green peas in any rice. Every time I go to the market I definitely get them and try to incorporate them in some way in the cooking. Be it kichadi or any veggie subzi or curry, green peas will find its way. So much that if my dad sees green peas in any dish, he will immediately ask .. did you prepare this.

I just love them. I saw Divya's post on how to store (freeze) fresh green peas and felt happy that there are many people who love green peas like me. Be it a normal alu curry or even a cabbage curry, a handful of fresh peas definitely adds to the flavor and appeals to the eyes of the person who is gonna eat it. Add it to the salad you make your protein potion for the day is fulfilled. Plain boiled basmati rice along with a small amount of spice will not be appealing , just throw in some green peas, the color combination of fresh green against creamish white color of basmati rice will be loved by your cameras. My camera loves these yummy delectable combinations.

I somehow feel that the color combination of food that you serve is as important as the taste of the food. This reminds me , I have my cousin sister in law visiting us on Sunday along with her kids. I have the menu planned for them. Will post them along with the recipes after the marathon is done with.
Moving on to the day's recipe.. Its Peas Paneer Pulao. I prefer to call it like that rather than Paneer Peas pulao for reasons you know why.
Here are the ingredients that make this dish a yummy one.

  • Basmati Rice - 2 cups
  • Fresh green peas - 1 cup
  • Paneer pieces - 8 - 10
  • Green chillies - 2 ( slit length wise )
  • Onion - 1 cut into thin slices
  • Capsicum - 1 cut into think strips ( optional )
  • Cloves, bayleaf, cinnamon stick, star anise ( as suited to individual taste) I prefer to have a mild flavor of spices
  • Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Cashew nuts and Raisins for garnishing ( optional )

So how do we make this recipe, follow the steps below and you will be left with your kitchen smelling good with its aroma

  • Wash the basmati rice and let it soak for 10 mins
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottom wok and add the spices listed
  • Cook for a minutes time then add the sliced onions and capsicum
  • Add the green peas and the rice along with the required water. Ratio for Basmati Rice is 1:1.5 ( add a little more for the veggies that you add)
  • Bring the whole mixture to a boil and close it with a lid.
  • Now transfer this to a electric cooker and switch it on
  • In 15- 20 mins the peas paneer Pulao will be ready
  • Serve it hot with some gravy and /or raitha

You can use the same method to make mixed veggie rice also. The picture here shows the finished dish in the electric cooker container. I was not able to take pictures after that.

Okay, time to go on a trail to my fellow runners kitchen, wanna come along..
Azeema, Bhagi, Champa, Gayathri Anand, Gayathri Kumar, Harini, Jay, Meena, Mina, Padma, Pavani, PJ, Priya Mahadevan, Priya Suresh, Priya Vasu, Rujuta, Santosh, Saraswathi, Savitha, Shanavi, Smitha, Sowmya, Suma, Usha, Veena

21 comments:

Harini said...

love it!

Minu said...

Lovely Pulao

Unknown said...

yum and easy one pot meal....good for any afternoon!

Unknown said...

paneer a favourite anytime..looks yumm..

Unknown said...

colorful and healthy pulao.loving it

Jayashree said...

like you, I too think that colour of food served is just as important as the taste. I like the combination of yellow and green in your rice.

Priya Suresh said...

Wat a beautiful and inviting pulao..

Champa said...

You made it the rice cooker. That makes it super quick and easy.

Gayathri Kumar said...

Very colourful rice...

Unknown said...

YUUUUMMMMMY!

MySpicyKitchen said...

I like green peas in India... Here in the US, we get frozen green peas but it is no where close to the green peas back home... Desi stores also sell green peas and that is lot better and tastes close to desi peas.

I use the same method to freeze certain vegetables that are seasonal. And back home, I thought my mom how freeze veggies and now she freezes green peas, lima beans, sruthi papdi and green chana whenever it is the season.

Santosh Bangar said...

pulav looks attractive

Ihsan Welfare Trust said...

So yummy!!

Srivalli said...

wow looks very temtping kamalika..and Divya's post was impressive right..I normally store it just like that..will have to try that method sometime..

Unknown said...

I all ways like one pot meals very yummy looking pulao.peas and paneer is a perfect combination for me in any form..

Pavani said...

Looks delicious. Great combo.

Mina Joshi said...

What a delicious dish.

Saraswathi Ganeshan said...

Simple & yummy taste...

Shanavi said...

Can't resist the paneer..good one

Padmajha said...

Real treat for the eyes and the tastebuds :)

Unknown said...

amazing looking and simple pulao, love it.

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