Sunday, October 14, 2012

Potatoes and Peas Pulao

Weekday meals have to be quick and if the vegetables and rice can all go in one pot even better. I end up cooking one pot meals at least once a week which means a handy couple of recipes is a good thing. Not too hard but something that takes less than 20 minutes of prep time.

This is one of those recipes that was conjured on the spur of the moment when I wanted to use potatoes and mint leaves.

Potatoes and Peas Pulao
  1. 4 Medium size potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  2. 1 cup of peas
  3. 2 cups of Basmati rice wash and soak for about 20 minutes
  4. 1 cup red onions sliced thin
  5. half a tomato chopped fine (about 2 tbsp)
  6. 4 green chilies
  7. 1/2 cup of mint leaves chopped
  8. 6 garlic cloves
  9. 2 inch piece of ginger
  10. 2 tbsp of cocount
  11. 2 red chilies
  12. 1 tsp of turmeric powder
  13. 1 tsp of chicken masala powder(any masala powder will work) or use a small piece of cinnamon and few cloves
  14. 2 tsp of oil
  1. In a pressure cooker heat about 1/4 tsp of oil when hot, saute the garlic and ginger for a minute or two. Remove to a blender and blend to a paste with the red chilies and coconut to a smooth paste.
  2. Add the remaining of the oil add the onions and green chilies and saute the onions till the onions are translucent and just about to start to brown.
  3. Add in the potatoes and fry them for 3-4 minutes till they start to brown a bit.
  4. Add the mint leaves and saute till the leaves are wilted.
  5. Add the turmeric and masala powder and saute for a minute.
  6. Add the tomatoes and salt and let the tomatoes cook till they are soft.
  7. Now add the rice and saute for another 3-4 minutes. Add the peas and enough water for the rice to cook.
  8. Let the water come to a boil and rice be about half cooked. Close the lid, add the weight and in medium heat cook for about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  9. When coll gently fluff the rice.
Serve with yogurt or raita on the side.


  1. How i wish i had this, Hans is in a healthy period well he wants to loose some kilos as he has gained a lot these years and want to get/feel healthy so on a diet, we are trying to cut down on carbs so mostly only have carbs like this for weekends so i also joined him as it is good for me too but i am missing my carb as i love them

  2. I love one pot meals such as this on weekdays too... this looks tasty and must go over really well with the kids.

  3. I love these one pot meals and anything with rice has my vote. The mint must give it a nice flavor. Hope you're doing well.


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