Matar Pulao (Rice with Peas)


This is very easy recipe, with basmati rice and green peas. It is very mild and fragrant, and great as a side dish, or for those picky kids who don't like their peas. The word 'matar' means green peas in Urdu.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 4 whole cloves

  • 3 black cardamom seeds

  • 6 whole black peppercorns

  • 2 (3 inch) cinnamon sticks

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed

  • 2 cups uncooked basmati rice, rinsed and drained

  • 4 cups water

  • salt to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a deep heavy skillet over low heat. Add the cloves, cardamom seeds, peppercorns and cinnamon sticks. Cook for a few minutes to bring out the aroma of the spices. Stir the garlic powder and 2 tablespoons of water together to make a paste; mix into the pan with the spices.

  2. Add the green peas to the pan, cover and cook for about 5 minutes.

  3. Add the remaining 4 cups of water and rice to the pan. Season with a little salt. Bring to a boil, then cover, and cook for about 15 minutes, until the rice is tender and the water has been absorbed. Taste, and adjust the salt before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

313 Calories
5g Fat
59g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 313
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 63mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 138mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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