Wednesday, January 20, 2016

印巴美食(素)【豌豆饭】Matar Pulao (Snow Peas Fragrant Rice)



I make a lot of dishes that go well with rice at home, and I often thought serving white rice from rice cooker when I have guest is a little too boring. Thus, this beautiful,fragrant snow pea rice is often my choice to go on the dining table.

I love the contrast of colour, the light seasoning that will not overtake tastes of my main dishes, it could literally be made under 20 minutes!

2 杯 印度Basmati 香米 (也可以用泰国香米)
1/2 杯 冷冻豌豆 (Frozen Peas)
1 tbsp 黄油
1 tbsp 食油
1 片桂叶 (Bay Leaf)
1 段桂皮 (Cinnamon Stick)
2-3 只 丁香
1 tbsp 孜然 (Cumin Seed)
2 只 豆蔻籽 (Cardamom Pod)捣开 Optional
1-1.5 tsp 盐 (或适量)

Ingredients:(Yield 4-6)
2 Cup Basmati Rice (You could also use Thai Jasmine rice)
1/2 Cup Frozen Peas
1 tbsp Butter
1 tbsp Vegetable oil
1 Bay Leaf
1 stick of Cinnamon
2-3 cloves
1 tbsp Cumin Seed
2 Cardamom Pod (Pounded) Optional
1-1.5 tsp Salt or to taste

1. 把米淘干净,如果用的是Basmati,泡十分钟。

2. 在一口厚重的锅里,把黄油和食油一起下锅,中火加热。把桂皮,桂叶,丁香和豆蔻籽下去煸炒,香味出来之后,加入孜然煸炒,看见孜然稍微弹跳的时候,把米沥干倒入,翻炒3-5分钟,至水份完全煮干,米粒开始变得透明为止。

3. 加入3 1/2 cup的水 (喜欢软一点的可以用 4 cup 减去一大匙的水)和盐,试试味道,可以稍微咸一些,因为米饭煮好了咸味会变淡。

4. 大火煮滚,然后转中火焖煮10分钟,再转小火焖5分钟。熄火,开盖,用饭勺把饭粒拌匀,均匀撒入冷冻豌豆,加盖继续焖5分钟。把豌豆和米饭拌匀,就好了。


1. Washed and soaked Basmati rice for 10 minutes,if Thai Jasmine rice being used, no soaking required.

2. In a heavy bottom cooker, heat up butter and vegetable oil at medium heat, add bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cloves and cardamom seeds, stir to bring out aroma of all spices, add cumin seeds, stir for 30-45 seconds, add drained rice and cook for few minutes until water evaporated and the rice look somewhat translucent.

3. Pour in 3 1/2 cups of water (for softer rice, use 4 cups minus 1 tbsp of water)season with salt,you could season it slightly saltier than what you may want it to be at this moment, as the rice get cooked, the saltiness will reduce.

4. Bring to boil, and turn the heat to medium, cook for 10 minutes, turn the heat to low and simmer for another 5 minutes.

5. Turn off the heat, and loosen the rice using a spatula or fork, sprinkle frozen peas evenly over rice, cover with lid and let it sit for 5 minutes. The remaining heat of rice will thaw and cook the peas nicely, at the same time retain the shiny green and sweetness of peas.

6. Mix the peas and rice together before serving. The rice should be fluffy and soft.

I made this to go with my signature Lemongrass Chicken ! They are the best combo!



  1. I love pulaos. Flavourful so much so that it can be eaten on its own
    The only one I've ever made is Mushroom Pulao and not anymore. Need to soak up more recipes.
    Looking forward to more pulaos from you :)

  2. Wendy,yeah... I love rice.. and am a bit rice person... so will do more of pulao dishes for sure!