Matar Wale Chawal

    35 mins

    For new cooks, here's an easy recipe on how to make rice with peas. No longer calling mom to ask how much water to use! This is simple comfort food at its best. I love it with raita or ghee on top.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 400ml water
    • 200g basmati rice
    • 50g fresh or frozen peas
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Soak rice in water for 10 mins. Drain and fill water again 3-4 times or till the water runs clear. In a pan, combine water and rice, and bring to the boil. Stir well, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
    2. When rice is cooked, stir in peas and cumin. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.


    For an authentic dish, wash the rice before cooking to get rid of some of the starch. Put rice in a bowl and mix vigorously with water, then drain. Repeat this process five to seven times. Your rice will turn out fluffier and less starchy this way!

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    In order to succeed this recipe you have to use Diamond Pearl Basmati Rice. This is a Pure Indian Basmati rice. If you want more informations go on the website or send a mail at  -  05 Jul 2011


    Consider dry-frying the cumin seeds in a cast iron frying pan for several minutes before adding to the rice. When you hear them "pop" they are ready. Heat the peas before adding to rice.  -  16 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I find that it helps to soak the rice in a bowl of water first. Also, when cooking the rice (I usually just use my rice cooker), I like to add a cinnamon stick, 2 cloves, and a couple anise seeds to give it a more traditional flavor and great aroma!  -  05 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)