Sunday, 20 November 2011

Easy Pea Pilaf: Save money tonight

I don't usually post recipes, but I thought this was a good one that not only saves money but is very easy to make. Its a pea pilaf and it is a delish' side dish with any curry or bbq meat.  The spices can be expensive up front but once you have a good supply they will last you for many months (maybe even years). For the best price on spices try your local Indian stores.  This recipe is tried and tested. I had a friend make it this weekend without me there using just these measurements and instructions.
Please let me know how it turns out.

*The total cost of this dish is approximately $4 and it makes six generous amounts of rice.

  • Large steel pot and wooden spoon
  • Chopping board, knife
  • 2 cups basmati rice (wash until water is clear)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or bark 
  • 1 tea spoon cumin
  • 5 each whole clove whole black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 table spoon oil.
  • Salt to taste
  • Heat oil in large pot, once hot turn down heat and add the cinnamon, cumin and black pepper.
  • Sauté until aromatic, around 2mins.
  • Push to side of pot and add onion to middle of pot.  
  • Sauté till a bronze color and wilted.
  • Add peas stir all together.
  • Add rice stir and let cook for 1 mins. Don't move rice around to much or it will break.
  • Add Bay leaves and 3.75 cups water.
  • Salt water to you taste,
    • Tip: when salting water in rice add a pinch more than you think the salt always tastes less once cooked
  • Stir gently and bring to a boil without lid.
  • Once boiling put on minimum heat and cover for 20 mins.
  • If pot is all metal (including handles) you can put it in the oven for 30 mins on 275. Instead of cooking on stove top.
  • Lets rice stand for 10 mins regardless of method used for cooking. 
  • Fluff and enjoy. 
    • Tip:Always serve rice on a platter so it does not go mushy.

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