Tuesday 4 December 2018

Peas Pulav | Green Peas Pulao | Matar Pulao Recipe | How to make Matar Pulav

I am not a great fan of green peas - the fresh and the frozen ones :) I can bear them in Biriyani or in dishes where it is not the main ingredient or when it's taste is masked by some other flavour ;) But this peas pulav, I love it. I make it more often with frozen ones and not the fresh ones coz that is what is preferred here..Many like it the best with fresh peas. This is a simple recipe that you can make in under 30 minutes and especially when you have guests you can make this by just spending an extra 5-10 minutes instead of your normal steamed rice. This will definitely take your menu a notch higher :) So let's see how to make this simple yet yummy and flavourful rice.. 

My other recipes with green peas are Peas Patties(Vadai)Aloo Matar DryMethi Matar MalaiVegetable Pulao & Veg Biriyani. And the other similar rice varieties that you may like are Coconut Milk Rice, Jeera RiceGhee RiceCapsicum Rice & Egg Rice.

I Took: 

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes


Serves : 3 persons

I Used:

Oil/Butter/Ghee - 2 tbsp
Cumin Seeds/Jeera - ½ tsp
Cinnamon - A 2 inch piece
Cloves  - 2 nos
Cardamom - 1 no
Bay Leaf - 1 no
Onion - 1 medium sized (chopped)
Green Peas (Fresh/Frozen) - ¾ cup
Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Water - 2 cups
Coriander Leaves - To Garnish (3-4 stalks)
Salt - As Needed

The Way:

1. Rinse the basmati rice 2-3 times in water. Soak them in water for 20-30 minutes. If pressure cooking them then do not soak for more than 20 minutes

2. Keep the frozen peas immersed in water for 10 minutes. If using fresh peas, remove them from the pods and keep ready

3. In a pressure cook/cooking pot, heat oil/butter/ghee. Splutter cumin seeds. Reduce the flame

4. Then add the whole spices - cinnamon, cloves, cardamon and bay leaf. Give a stir

5. Add the chopped onions and some salt. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Do not make them too brown or saute for a long time. Just for 2-3 minutes is sufficient

6. Then add the green peas and give a stir. If using fresh peas, you can cook them separately till softened (around 5 mins in another pan) and then add to the pulav

7. Now add the soaked basmati rice and water (I use 2 cups for pan cooking and 1.5 cup for pressure cooker cooking) and give a gentle stir

8. Check for salt. Add more if needed. Then cover the pan/cooker and let it cook

9. If using pan it should be done in 10-12 minutes. All the water should evaporate and the rice should get cooked. If then switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves

10. If using pressure cooker, allow for 2 whistles and then switch off flame. Allow the pressure to release by itself. Open after 10 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve


  • I used BB Royal Premium Basmati rice for this pulav. Use any aged and good quality long grain basmati rice for making the pulav
  • Rice : Water ratio is 1:1.5 for pressure cooking and 1:2 for cooking in pan
  • Adding onions is purely optional. You can skip them too. Instead you can fry some onions and then garnish the pulav if you like
  • For more flavor you can use thin coconut milk instead of water to cook the pulav
  • You can also sprinkle in some garam masala for an enhanced flavor



  1. Nice Presentation, where did u bought that back side Bed

    1. Thanks Jaleela. There is an artist buddy in my society and I gave her specs and she made it for me..

  2. I love peas pulao and it is often goes in lunch box at our house. love the click

  3. simple and healthy one pot meal..yumm with raitha !!

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