Yummy and fragrant matar Pulao also referred to as pea pulao is prepared with aromatic spices, peas and Basmati Rice. This fragrant pulao is an excellent accompaniment to any Indian meal. I prefer peas to be of a right texture not too mushy so without thawing I added frozen peas directly to the pan. If using fresh peas then boil them in the same pan for 3-4 minutes before adding rice.
Peas is the least liked vegetable among my kids.There is a funny sight that I enjoy every time I serve pea pulao. With my back turned, the older one takes out all the peas and assembles them in the corner of his plate and the younger one fills in for his brother and eats up all his peas. Thinking that mom is unaware of their act they come up to me with clean plates and say – ALL DONE!!
Coming back to the recipe, 1 tablespoon garam masla is added to the pulao but you can always improvise the dish by cutting down on the garam masala quantity and substituting it with half and half – half of Garam masala and half of red chili powder. Peas and rice compliment each other perfectly without overpowering the dish. Above all the spice combination creates a wonderful aroma and a subtle delightful flavor.