Green Pea Pilau

I love green pea pilau because I am always looking for meals that cook fast, come together easily and don’t hurt my pocket. Am sure all students out there will understand what I mean, I am always getting comments like “cooking is so much expensive than eating at the school cafeteria” from fellow students, but they don’t really understand it depends on what you are cooking, you can always make more, and most importantly healthy food for less! The cafeteria food is good and all, I mean even sometimes really good, but it is way too salty and too oily to eat every day. Cooking really is just as cheap or as expensive as eating out because ultimately you will order or cook what you want and they always add up, but there is no takeout food that will beat a home cooked meal health wise. We tend to forget that these are businesses at the end of the day, and they have to put out food that will make you chose the restaurant/take away menu over cooking. That’s why most places that will serve healthy food, tend to be pricey. I believe even fast food made at home with REAL ingredients is better than the fast food from the fast food joints. At the end of the day you used real ingredients, you controlled the amount of the salt and oil you put in the food.

If not for any other reason, try it because it doesn’t take such a long time to prepare.

So this pilau comes in very handy when its end month and we are stretching the last coin! But don’t let that make you think any less of this dish! It is tasty and good enough to be served to guests even. Served with some yogurt it is already a complete dish, but it can also be a side dish to any of your meat dishes.

So, this pilau comes in very handy when its end month and we are stretching the last coin! But don’t let that make you think any less of this dish! It is tasty and good enough to be served to guests even. Served with some yogurt it is already a complete dish, but it can also be a side dish to any of your meat dishes.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups rice (preferably basmati)
  • 200 grams green peas
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves , 5 cardamon pods, 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • salt to taste

DIRECTIONS

  • wash the rice and soak it in water. In the meantime begin to cook the spices.
  • In your cooking pot, add the cooking oil, add the cumin seeds, bay leaf, chili(if using), the cloves, cinnamon and cardamon. Cook for 2 minutes as you stir them. Add the onions and cook until onions begin to look crispy, don’t burn them but let them cook completely.
  • Add the rice and peas and stir to mix the spices well with the rice. Stir for 1 minute and add the water. Cover and let it dry about 10 minutes. If still wet, you can cover it with an aluminum foil and put it in the oven at 200 Celsius/400 Fahrenheit degrees to finish drying.
  • Chop up some fresh coriander and fluff through the rice and serve with some fresh yogurt.

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