Monday, 13 May 2013

Green Peas and Potato Rice Pilaf ~ Mum's style

Made n Enjoyed
Hello readers,

I always enjoyed watching my mum with great curiosity while she used to cook this pilaf. She also used get me involved in shelling the peas, etc. We used to wait eagerly for this pilaf , as this was the first pilaf dish my mum started making in our family...It was something new for all of us, nearly 33-34 years ago it was a new dish in the Gujarati family or Gujarati neighbourhood ! People used to think and say that pilaf and biryani's are for non-Gujarati people and to make pilaf you need a special skill :) !!

Before I'd even learnt how to cook the perfect plain rice, I learnt this pilaf rice at the age of 8 ! and I have now taught it to my daughter who's 18 ! Let's look at the recipe

You will need:-

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup mixed vegetables ( I used frozen )
  • 1 medium potato peeled and cubed ( you can use baby potato too)
  • 2-3 green chillies chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 5-6 fresh curry leaves
  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • handful of fresh coriander leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 3-4 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp kitchen king masala
  • 2 cup water approx

Wash the rice in cold water and soak for 1/2 an hour.
Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan or kadai, add onions and fry 2-3 minutes now add garlic and fry till light brown.
Add 2 cups water. Now add curry and coriander leaves, tomatoes, potatoes, peas and all the masala with salt.
Allow the water to boil and add soaked rice. Cook rice first 3-4 minutes on high heat,then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 12-14 minutes until rice is tender. ( if rice is not done , add very little water. here in UK rice doesn't need too much water, I have cooked same dish in India, I needed nearly 3 cups of water ).
Serve hot with plain yogurt, Raita and papad. I served with Mixed fruits and Nuts Raita.

Linking this recipe to Celebrate - Love For MuM event started by JCookingOdyssey, guest host by Tangy Minds.
Nayna's event Let's Cook Rice Dishes
Javelin Warriors Made With Love Mondays !


  1. Yummy's recipes are always excellent!

  2. I was waiting for this recipe ever since u posted a pic on facebook, looks delicious, I am sure your daughter will cherish it and pass it on

  3. Yum ....looks colourful n delish

  4. Super flavourful rice..I dont mind inviting myself to ur place to enjoy this wonderful spread..Makes me hungry.

  5. Looks delicious thanks for linking it to the event.

  6. This sound so good! And such a colorful mix of ingredients... What a beautiful side to any meal...

  7. Amazing and love the colors so lip smacking dear!!!!


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