I am crazy about collecting cookbooks. I have a decent collection of them and am always in hunt for more. This time during my Mangalore visit I picked some books of Nita Mehta. I personally like her books as the recipes that I have tried so far has always been a hit with us. The following pulao too is from her book. This Pulao is mildly spiced and goes well with any simple raita. Microwave cooking was something I had not ventured into but was always interested. I feel it is non messy and also quick. I will definitely explore more on microwave cooking as it reduces cooking time and does not require to be in front of the stove. I followed the recipe to T and it was perfect.
Here is the recipe that I followed:
1 cup Basmati rice - soaked for an hour
1 cup shelled peas
1/2 " piece ginger - grated
1 large onions- sliced finely
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp Garam masala powder
2 green chillies
2 tbsp chopped coriander
1 firm tomato - cut into strips & pulp removed
3 tbsp oil
1) Microwave oil in a large dish for 2 mins.
2) Add peas, sliced onions, salt, chilli powder,garam masala and cloves. Microwave for 3 minutes. I felt this was not enough hence increased time by two more mins after giving a stir at 3 mins.
3) Add the rice and 2 cups of water. Add green chillies, coriander leaves and tomato strips.
4)Microwave covered for 11 mins. Stir once after 5 mins.
5) Let it stand for 2 mins. Fluff in up with a fork to separate grains. Serve hot with raita.
You can check my other version of peas pulao here
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