Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Matar Bhat - Green Peas Rice


When fresh green peas start arriving in Mumbai during the winter months, mom makes several green peas dishes. Matar Bhat is one such simple dish, that is devoured by my family.


Matar Bhat - Serves 4
Green Peas Rice
Ingredients
1 cup Basmati Rice
3/4 cup fresh or frozen green peas
Salt to taste
A pinch of sugar (optional)
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 fresh lemon squeezed

Grind to a fine paste
1/2 cup coriander leaves/cilantro
2 sprigs of mint (optional)
1 - 2 green chilies
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 " ginger

Tempering
1 tsp oil
1 tsp ghee
A pinch of asafoetida
2-3 cloves
2 star anise
1" cinnamon
2 bay leaves
5-7 black peppercorn
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 green cardamoms, slightly opened



Accompaniment
Plain yogurt
or
Ghee

Method
1. Rinse and drain basmati rice for 1/2 hour.
2. Heat oil & ghee. Add all the ingredients for tempering. Sauté till your get a wonderful aroma
3. Add sliced onions. Sauté till onion is cooked but not burnt.
4. Add green masala and sauté for 5 minutes.
5. Add drained rice. Stir so the masala coats the rice but the grains are not broken.
6. Add 2 cups water, salt & sugar to taste. Bring to boil.
7. Add green peas. Cover the rice with a lid.
8. Cook on a low flame for 15 minutes or till rice is cooked.
9. Switch off the gas. Let it stand for about 5 minutes before opening.
10. Just before serving, stir in freshly squeezed lemon juice.
11. Serve with ghee/plain yogurt or Kadhi or any yogurt based raita.

Notes -
1. If using frozen peas, make sure they are thawed and drained, otherwise the water proportion needs to be changed.

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