Continuing with my Winter Platter series, here comes the second installment 😉
Fresh peas are plentiful in the market, so is my recipe book 😛 Peas pilaf is a commonly cooked dish in North Indian households. Served steaming hot with choice of accompaniments.
Peas are powerhouse of good health. It is sugar -free, gluten -free, rich in vitamins, easy to cook and good to eat.
In Bengali cuisine there are some lip -smacking dishes of cooking the tender leaves and shoots of the pea plant. I, unfortunately do have access to cooking those delicacies.
Presenting here is Winter Platter 2 with goodness of health and taste – Peas pilaf, Boondi raita, fried egg (on the crispier side), served with Ivy gourd pickle and papads.
Pilaf = kind of fried rice/ pilao
Boondi = sweetened, fried chickpea flour – has a good shelf life and available ready made in the markets
Raita = diluted and flavored curd / yogurt
Ivy gourd = kundru / tindori
Papad = thin, sun dried discs, made of black gram lentil, consumed fried or roasted
Ivy gourd pickle will be in a separate post.
Here’s what I did……….
Makes for 2 -3 persons
1 cup – rice
1 cup – shelled peas
2 cups – water
1 nos – small sized onion (optional)
1 inch – ginger (grated)
1 nos – finely chopped green chili
1/4 tsp – black pepper powder
1 tbsp – oil/ clarified butter
1 nos – bay leaf
1 nos – cardamom
1 nos – star anise/ fulchakri
1/2 tsp – cumin seeds
salt to taste
Wash and drain the rice. Keep aside.
Dice the onion.
Heat oil in a cooker and temper with bay leaf, star anise, cardamom and cumin seeds. Once the cumin splutters, add the chopped onion, green chili and grated ginger. Fry till they turn soft. Add the peas and black pepper powder. Stir well and cook for a min or so. Add the rice. Toss it well with other ingredients. Takes about 2 mins. Pour water and add the salt. Give a final stir. Close the cooker and cook to one whistle.
Take it off fire but do not open. Wait for 10 mins, open the cooker.
Serve hot with Boondi raita, Papad, Fried egg, Ivy gourd pickle or your choice of accompaniments.
Sit out in the sun and enjoy eating 😉 😀
Happy cooking !! 🙂
Cheers !! 😀