Matar Pulao

What is pulao? 

Pulao is a one pot rice dish made by cooking fragrant basmati rice with aromatic spices, herbs & sometimes stock. There are many kinds of pulao recipes made in India like vegetable pulao, MATAR PULAOTAWA PULAOCOCONUT MILK PULAO,ZARDA PULAO, kashmiri pulao & CHICKEN PULAO.

This veg pulao recipe is one of the basic dish made often in many Indian homes. It is also the one most commonly found on the menu for parties, buffets & celebrations served along with a YOGURT RAITA.

Here in this we will see how a matar Pulao is done. Matar is nothing but other word for peas.

Preparation time: 5 mins Cooking time : 20 mins Total time: 25 mins
  • Basmati rice 🍚 – 1 cup
  • Onion 🧅 – 2 medium
  • Peas. – 1/2 cup
  • Mint leaves. – 1 handful
  • Water/ coconut milk – 1 1/4 cup
  • Salt 🧂 – 1.5 tbsp
  • Biryani Masala. – 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste. – 2 tsp
Ingredients to temper:
  • Black pepper. – 1 tsp
  • Green chili. – 2
  • Bay leaf. – 1
  • Mace flower. – 1
  • Cardamom. – 2
  • Cumin seeds. – 1 tbsp
  • Fennel Seeds. – 1 tbsp
  • Marathi Mogu. – 2
  • Cinnamon stick. – 1 inch
  • Star Anise. – 1
  • Cloves. – 2
  • Black stone flower. – 2


Step 1:

In a pressure cooker pour oil or ghee. ( ghee is the great choice it elevates the flavor of the Pulao) and once it is hot add in the spices that is mentioned under tempering. When it splutters , add in the onion and green chili and when the onion is cooked add the peas or matar into it and then add in the ginger and garlic paste and sauté them until the raw smell goes off.

Step 2:

Meanwhile rinse and wash the basmati rice until it is clear and soak them for at-least half an hour . Once all done add in the salt and water. Check for the salt level and you can add it accordingly.sprinkle in some mint leaves and once the water boils add in the soaked basmati rice .

Step 3:

Now after add in the rice sprinkle the top layer with some Biryani 🍲masala close the cooker and leave it until it blows off 2 whistle and then turn off the flame. Once the pressure is down open and serve them hot with chicken curry or raita.


  • Soak the rice for few minutes before cooking gives the best result in the rice part.
  • Use a long grain rice to get the exact recipe and the texture.

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