Jeera Mattar Chawal (Cumin & Mint Pea Rice)

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Jeera Mattar Chawal (Cumin & Minted Pea Rice)

Ingredients

2-3 cups basmati rice
1 cup mint flavoured green peas
1 onion
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
2-4 green cardamom pods (elachi)
1 cinnamon stick (dalchini)
1-2 tbspn oil
1 tsp salt
4 cups water

Method

Soak the rice in a bowl of cold water for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Now peel and finely slice the onion. In a non-stick pot or a deep pot, heat 1-2 tablespoon of oil on low heat. To the oil add cumin seeds, green cardamom and cinnamon stick. Let the whole thing sizzle in the hot oil for a second or two and then add the finely sliced onion. Now gently fry the onions on low heat until it changes its colour to light brown. Once this change occurs add the rice and sauté everything together for 1 minute making sure the rice is well coated with the oil. Now to the rice add the mint flavoured green peas and mix everything together. If you are cooking 3 cups of raw rice then add 4 cups of water to it. Stir everything together and add the salt. Put the lid on the pot and let the rice cook gently on low heat. Every now and then give the rice a stir. Test the rice to see if its cooked by pressing the grain between your finger and thumb. If the rice is soft and breaks when pressed it is cooked and ready to be eaten. If it’s still a bit raw then you will need to add half a cup of water to the rice and cook it until all the grains are cooked. The rice will be ready when all the water has been absorbed. Serve the jeera mattar chawal with a meat dish or dhal, salad and raita. Enjoy.

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