Peas and rice – we have here a much loved pair.
Lets pair that with some soft, caramelised fried onions and aromatic cloves and cinnamon. We have here a winning combination.
Mattar Pilau, rice cooked with peas and onions, have always been a favourite at my Mother’s house. My Mother would cook this to serve alongside a delicious Chicken Shorba or Aloo Gosht, or sometimes with some fried chicken and we would always gobble our plates down and greedily ask for seconds. My Mother herself loves peas and tells me that when she was young, she would pick out all the peas from her Mattar Pilau, put them to the side and save them to eat at the end.
What really makes this recipe a die-for affair is the sweet pops of flavour the peas provide us with. Kids often tend to love peas and since this is a relatively mild, non-spicy recipe, Mattar Pilau is ideal for younger children.
My husband, strangely, doesn’t like peas (amongst many other things). I’m putting things very lightly here – the truth is my husband HATES peas and he RARELY eat anything with peas in them. Thus, I haven’t cooked Mattar Pilau much since getting married. In fact – a browse through all the recipes I’ve posted on the blog will show you that peas make a scarce appearance in my cooks.
Just this past weekend, however, my family was holidaying in Paris for the new year and I received a long and emotional message from my Father saying ‘I’ve been craving some hot and meaty Pakistani food! Please cook a chicken meat curry and some pea rice when we come back!’ Turns out, they had been living off croissants and cold sandwiches in Paris and had been dying for a hot Desi meal! So, thus after many months, I cooked a dish with peas in it. And that, my friends, is how a recipe with peas has made it’s way onto my blog.
Mattar Pilau goes well with any curry, roasted or fried chicken and also goes quite well alongside kebabs and raita (yoghurt). I’d recommend the following recipes to try alongside your Mattar Pilau!
Lets get onto the recipe now!
Enjoy, with love x
EDIT: I have amended the quantity of water used in this recipe to 3 cups of water. Previously, it was vague and not precise and some readers reported trouble getting the quantity right. I have found 3 cups works perfectly with this recipe HOWEVER, if you would like to increase or decrease the amount of water needed, use this formula: Cups of water needed = Cups of rice + 1
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