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Easy Lunch box recipe using mushrooms and peas


Easy pulao recipes such as this Mushroom and Peas Pulao will make a fantastic lunch box recipe both for kids and office goers alike. Pack this pulao for your kids lunch box, I assure you that the lunch box will come back empty and they will be asking you to make it often as well.

As both the mushrooms and peas have high protein content and when combined and cooked along with rice, they will make a hearty wholesome meal by itself which is light on the stomach and yet filling. Along with Mushrooms and Peas, you can also add other vegetables to make it even more healthy.

Also this Mushroom and Peas Pilaf will make a wonderful main dish for any party. If you happen to be hosting one and  looking for an easy to make one pot meal, to have your guests enthralled, this is the one for you. Before you begin do check out how to clean mushrooms easily.

Pulao recipe using mushroom and peas
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Mushroom Peas Pulao Recipe

Prep time: 10 mins  |  Cook time: 20 mins  |  Serves: 4
Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Main

Mushroom Peas Pulao Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Mushrooms – 200 gms/1 carton
  • Peas, fresh – 300 gms
  • Rice – 2 cups/400 gms
  • Onion, medium – 2
  • Garlic – 5 pods
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Green Chillies – 2
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Cloves – 3
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch stick
  • Bay Leaf – 1
  • Red Chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Black pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder – 1 tsp
  • Water – 4 cups
  • Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Coriander leaves – 1 handful
  • Salt – to taste
  • Canola Oil – 4 tbsp

Instructions:

  1. Wash and soak the rice in water for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the onions into julienne, grate both garlic and ginger and keep aside. Clean the mushrooms and quarter them. Slit the green chillies. Chop the coriander finely.
  3. Heat a Pressure cooker with oil. When warm add the whole spices like cardamom, bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon and sauté for a few seconds till the aroma arises.
  4. Now add the onion along with a pinch of salt and saute till it turns light brown in color.
  5. Now add the grated garlic and ginger and saute for a minute till you get the aroma. Now add the quartered mushrooms and cook further. The mushrooms will initially start leaving out water as they wilt and soften. Cook till the water let by them dries out and the mushrooms have become brown in color.
  6. Add the shelled out peas, slit green chilies, red chili powder, pepper powder, garam masala powder and mix well.
  7. Add soaked and drained rice, water, salt, chopped coriander and mix thoroughly. Close with the lid and cook over medium flame for 2 whistles and switch off stove.
  8. After the pressure releases completely, open the lid, sprinkle lemon juice (if using) and gently mix taking care not to break the rice. Garnish with more coriander leaves if preferred.
  9. Serve hot with any raita.
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Notes:

  1. 1. I have made the rice in a pressure cooker, but you can also make this in a deep sauce pan. If so, close the pan with a lid and cook over medium low flame for 20 minutes or till the water is fully absorbed, checking in between.
  2. You can also use Basmati rice in place of plain rice. If using dry peas, soak them for at least 3-4 hours before using.
  3. Pepper powder enhances the taste of Mushrooms. If you do not have replace it with chili powder itself. Make sure adjust the spice level according to your taste buds.
  4. You can also use mint leaves along with coriander leaves. But I personally feel that coriander works best  for this pulao.
  5. Adding lemon juice balances the flavor of the pulao and enhances the taste even more and also it helps in reducing the Acid Reflux some may feel, especially after eating spicy food.
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Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Pulao
An easy lunch box recipe that can be put together quickly. Who ever discovered these One Pot Meals, Hats off. “Oru Periya O Podu”. You do not know what a great service you have been of, to us people. It is a blessing in disguise. This is what I made for Yesterday’s lunch. Mornings are always hectic and speaking of Monday mornings, Don’t tell me. The kids just refuse to budge no matter what. I even sink to bribing them to pull them out of their blankets and these easy to put together meals always make Monday mornings bearable and prevents our blood pressure from shooting up.

Vegetable Pulao

(Print this Recipe)
You’ll need:

  • Basmati Rice – 1+1/2 cup
  • Mixed Vegetables – 3/4 cup
  • Onion – 1/4 cup
  • Ginger – ½ inch piece
  • Garlic Pods – 3
  • Green Chillies – 3
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Cloves – 2
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch piece
  • Cashew nuts – 5 to 6
  • Aji-no-moto – 1 pinch (optional)
  • Black pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Oil / Ghee – 3 tsp
  • Salt – to taste


Method:

Chop the onion into juliennes. Slit the green chillies. Pound together ginger and garlic to a coarse paste using a mortar and pestle. I used a carrots, French beans, cauliflowers and fresh peas. Wash and soak the basmati rice for 15 min -1/2 hour.
Heat a pressure cooker with oil / ghee. Add spices like cardamom, cinnamon and cloves and roast till the aroma arises. Add the onion and sauté till it turns pink.
Now in goes the pounded ginger, garlic and slit green chillies. Sauté for another min. Now add the mixed vegetables and sauté along with a pinch of aji-no-moto, if using till the vegetables are well coated with oil.
Now add the soaked basmati rice, black pepper powder and salt and mix well. Add 3 cups of water and cook for 2 whistles. Release pressure immediately and open the lid. See here to find out how to fluff Basmati rice. Fluff the rice and serve hot.


Notes:

  • Using Aji-no-moto aka. Chinese salt is optional. But using will give the entire rice a good tangy taste.
  • Instead of using ginger and garlic pods separately you can also use ginger garlic paste.
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