Capsicum Black-eye peas Mint Pulav

>> Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Thinking about some rice for our lunch today, didn't want to make the usual veggie pulav nor the fried rice nor any of the usual variety rices. As usual the left over vegetables, gave me an idea for new rice and i decided to make this Capsicum black eye peas rice.

As, I was chopping the mint, ginger and garlic, suddenly I changed my mind to grind all the three together to make the pulav with mild mint pulav, thus came the Capsicum black eye peas mint pulav.

This pulav was ready in not more than 30 minutes and trust me it turned out to be really delicious. It needs very less oil and the flavour of mint together with capsicum makes you hungry!

Things needed
Basmathi rice - 1 Cup
Water - 1 1/2 Cups
Karamani/Black eye peas - 1/2 Cup (I used frozen peas)
Capsicum - 1 no. medium sized (Chopped)
Bay leaf - 2 nos.
Cloves - 3 nos.
Cinnamon stick - 1 no.
Green chilly - 2 nos.
Coriander leaves - 1/4 Cup (Chopped)
Oil - 1 tsp

To grind
Ginger - Medium sized piece (Chopped)
Garlic pearls - 3 nos.
Cardamon - 1 no.
Mint - 1/4 Cup (Chopped)

Soak basmathi rice for at least 15 minutes. Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add green chilly, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf. Saute them for 2 minutes, then add the chopped onions and cook it until it turns pink.
Meanwhile grind all the ingredients under 'to grind' into fine paste. Add this paste to the onions and cook until the raw smell of ginger-garlic paste vanishes.
Add the black eye peas and fry it for 5 minutes. Then add the capsicum and saute for couple of minutes with letting it turn mushy.

Drain water from the soaked rice and add it to the cooker. Fry the rice with the masala for few minutes. Now add water to the rice mixture and adjust for salt.
Bring this mixture to boil. Close the cooker and turn the heat to low. Pressure cook for 10 minutes. Turn off the stove and let the cooker stand on the same heat for 20 minutes.
Open the cooker after 30 minutes and the aroma of the pulav will be tempting. Mild minty flavor in combo with the capsicum and the crunchiness of the black eye peas, together made the pulav great for lunch.

This is my submission to My Legume Love Affair 24 started by Susan and Garam masala event at Sara's Corner started by Sunita of Sunita's World.


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