Plain rice not so plain anymore…
If you are anything like me you will invariably find leftover plain rice in your fridge. There are many things one can do with leftover rice, but one of my all time favourite dishes is fried rice. I know right yum! However I am not going to show you how to make fried rice yet, because today I am reminiscing about my other most favourite leftover rice dish.
Some days I particularly miss India and my mothers cooking. That’s when I find myself reminiscing about her pea pulao recipe. This was our favourite light and easy sunday family lunch, just a perfect meal to induce an afternoon food trance. I remember our sunday lunch was followed by an indulgent afternoon nap, trust me after a full belly of pea pulao a nap was hard to resist.
Here’s my quick recipe. If you are thinking what to do this Sunday for lunch, stop now and bookmark this recipe and indulge yourself.
- One tablespoon ghee or olive oil
- 1.5 cups of cooked leftover white or brown rice
- Four black cloves
- 0.5 teaspoon of turmeric powder (optional)
- Two teaspoons of cumin seeds
- Two bay leaves
- One cup of peas
- One cup of water
- Salt to taste
In a pan hot pan add the ghee and let it melt. I love the smell of ghee heating up, it creates an anticipation of a delicious meal.
Once the ghee has melted add the bay leaves and cloves. Wait until you can smell all those incredible aroma.
Add the cumin seeds and let them temper. Now add peas, turmeric powder and one cup of water. Let the peas simmer for five to seven minutes. Once the peas are tender add the rice, followed by salt and turn up the heat and toss the rice and peas together.
There you have it magic! magic with leftover rice. Serve the pea pulao with plain yogurt and papadums.