Simple Indian Spiced Pilaf

Simple Indian Spiced Pilaf
Staff Writer
Simple Spiced Pilaf
Prerna Singh

Simple Spiced Pilaf

This cumin-scented green pea pulao is the perfect accompaniment to Chicken Tikka Masala. Here's a little tip for cooking basmati rice: The rule of thumb is to add water a little more than twice the quantity of rice; but here, I added a half-cup extra for softer rice.

3
Servings
608
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

*Note: You can use frozen peas here; just make sure to thaw them before using.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon clarified butter or olive oil
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup green peas*
  • 1 1/4 cup basmati rice
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups water

Directions

Wash the rice thoroughly under cold running water and set aside.

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the bay leaf and cumin seeds and cook until they start popping. Next, add the green peas. Cook for 1 minute.

Add the rice and season with salt, to taste. Combine the spices and peas with the rice and add the water. Bring the rice to a boil over high heat and then reduce heat to medium, cover the saucepan with a lid, and cook until all of the water is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest, covered, for 10 minutes.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
11g
16%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Carbohydrate, by difference
109g
84%
Protein
19g
41%
Vitamin A, RAE
219µg
31%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
9µg
10%
Calcium, Ca
169mg
17%
Choline, total
40mg
9%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
15g
60%
Folate, total
182µg
46%
Iron, Fe
13mg
72%
Magnesium, Mg
163mg
51%
Manganese, Mn
6mg
100%
Niacin
12mg
86%
Pantothenic acid
2mg
40%
Phosphorus, P
524mg
75%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
11µg
20%
Sodium, Na
226mg
15%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
148g
5%
Zinc, Zn
4mg
50%

Simple Shopping Tip

Purchase ingredients that can be used in a variety of dishes in bulk, in order to minimize waste and save money.

Simple Cooking Tip

Do all your prep in advance, and use three bowls: one for all your ingredients, one for all your prep, and one for all your refuse. Staying organized can help you put out meals faster.