Saturday, October 17, 2009

Matar (Green peas) Rice

I love green peas and this rice is one of my favourite dishes. It tastes delicious and is pretty simple to make. Main ingredients you need are rice, peas and some fresh masala, which basically is made of just four ingredients - coconut, corriander seeds, cumin seeds ad dried red chillies.

2cups Basmati rice
1cup peas (you can always add more)
4cups water
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
4 Tsp corriander seeds
2 Tsp cumin seeds
6-8 red chillies (dried)
1.5-2 Tbsp jaggery
5-6 curry leaves
Salt to taste

Before you start wash the rice and drain all water, and keep the rice aside. Start by taking about a teaspoon of oil in the pan. Add coconut flakes, chillies, cumin and corriander seeds and saute it for about a minute or until the mixture color changes slightly. Take them out and grind them into a fine paste. Add about a tablespoon of oil in the same pan to make tempering. Now add rice to it and saute it for a minute. Add peas and saute for another minute and then add water (preferably hot). Now add salt, fresh masala and some jaggery. Put the lid on and let the rice cook. Serve it with some ghee (clarified butter), freshly grated coconut and cilantro.

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