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Simple Indian Spiced Pilaf

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.

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
Servings3
Calories Per Serving343
Total Fat5g8%
Sugar1gN/A
Saturated3g14%
Cholesterol11mg4%
Protein7g14%
Carbs66g22%
Vitamin A46µg5%
Vitamin B60.2mg8.8%
Vitamin C10mg16%
Vitamin E0.3mg1.4%
Vitamin K6µg8%
Calcium46mg5%
Fiber2g10%
Folate (food)22µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)314µg79%
Folic acid172µgN/A
Iron4mg25%
Magnesium33mg8%
Monounsaturated2gN/A
Niacin (B3)4mg19%
Phosphorus120mg17%
Polyunsaturated0.4gN/A
Potassium168mg5%
Sodium708mg29%
Thiamin (B1)0.5mg34.3%
Zinc1mg8%