7 April 2022


If you don't feel like having plain boiled rice with your curry, why not try this instead. Traditionally Pakistani, a mattar (green peas) pilau is the easiest pilau rice you will ever make. It's so simple yet so tasty you can eat it on its own as the fried onion and cumin seeds bring out lots of flavour.


- 4 Tbsp oil

- 1 Tsp cumin seeds

- 1 Large onion (chopped or sliced)

- 1 Cup frozen peas

- 1 Tsp salt

- 2 Cups basmati rice

- 4 Cups water


Step 1

Heat 4 tbsp oil in a pan. When the oil is hot, add 1 tsp cumin seeds and fry for 2 minutes. You still start to smell the cumin fragrance and they will turn golden brown but be sure not to burn them.

Step 2

Add chopped or sliced onions and stir for 5 minutes or until the onions have softened and turned brown in colour.

Step 3

Add 1 cup of frozen peas and 1 tsp salt and mix for a few minutes. Add 2 cups of washed rice and mix into the inions and peas.

Step 4

Add 4 cups of water, cover with a lid and cook on high heat for 8-10 minutes. Remove the lid when the rice is about 80% cooked, give it a quick stir, then cover it again and cook for a further 5 minutes on low heat. 

Step 5

Turn the heat off and let it rest for at lest 15 minutes before serving as the rice will continue to cook (and go fluffy) in its own heat.

Watch the video tutorial on my YouTube channel here: 

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