Simplicity at its best, peas and raisins did wonders to this rice pilaf! This simple peas and raisins rice dish largely depends on petite peas, raisins, cinnamon, ginger and garlic to deliver that big flavor! This rice pilaf is a perfect display for simple yet flavorful Indian Cooking. Raisins and Cashewnuts paired nicely with this spiced rice pilaf, which added to the surprise sweet bites balancing the spices.




I made this for the first time when i had a pot luck at my work place, i remember last year i made our regular vegetable biriyani with the store bought biriyani masala and i swear everyone where literally asking ' How do you people eat this spciy food everyday?', and you know what i really didnt add any green chillies and added very less masala than usual. But this time my peas and rice pilaf dish is a winner at my work, 99% of them being non indians, i wanted to keep it low on spicyness, yet wanted them to learn that Indian cooking is not just spicy, its packed with flavor from the spices like cumin, coriander, cinnamon, clove, cardamom , ginger, garlic, cilantro, mint etc,,





Ingredients you need:

  • 1 cup basmati rice ( i use royal basamati rice from costco or sams, tastes better than tilda basmati rice)
  • 1 cup green peas( petite peas are the best for this pulao ) -- There is no need to thaw the frozen peas, as they have enough time to cook along with the rice
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 4-5 green chillies( optional )
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup golden raisins( golden raisins taste better in this pulao )
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup cashew nuts
  • 4-5 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp butter


How to make peas pulao:

  • Soak the rice for 30 min( optional for better results ) and drain in a colander
  • In kadai or pan addbutter or ghee and fry the rice until the rice turns into opaque, keep it aside.
  • Heat both butter and oil in the same pan and add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and bay leaf.
  • Once they start to release the aroma add ginger garlic paste, fry the paste until the raw smell disappears.
  • Add chopped onions and green chillies along with salt
  • Once the onions turn into golden hue add the peas and cook for 5 min
  • Add the fried raw rice and let the peas masala coat the rice thoroughly
  • Cooking with rice cooker:Butter the rice cooker pan or use ghee for it, for doing this In an electric cooker add 1 1/2 cups of water and the peas and rice mixture, it will be done in less than 15 min. Keep it under warm for 5 min and then switch off.Mix the rice pilaf( sometimes it might get burnt at the botttom, just discard )
  • Cooking on the stove top: Add 2 cups of water and the fried raw rice to the peas masala bring it to boil and reduce the flame and let the water evaporate, close with teh lid and cook under very low heat for 3-5 more min and check for doneness. Once done, gently fluff the rice and mix bring everything together.
  • In a seperate pan add butter cashewnuts and raisins, once the raisins are plump and cashewnuts(kaju) changed to golden brown remove from heat and add to the cooked pilaf.
  • Add mint and cilantro at the end.


This rice and peas dish is a refreshing change from regular mixed vegetable biryani. I made very
mild channa masala (Spiced chick peas curry ) and raitha( yogurt with onions, cucumber, tomatoes
and cilantro ) to serve along with the peas rice for my coworkers.


This peas and rice pilaf spiced with cinnamon and sweetened with raisins is on its way to Think Spice - Think Cinammon event hosted by Sunitha. Also this will be my entry for AFAM - Dry Fruits hosted by Latha Namrasimham.

Note: Add more green chillies if you can handle the heat, otherwise this dish is perfect with any vegetable curries on the side.

Tags: Pachi batani pulao, Peas, Raisins, Rice pulao, SweeT and spicy pulao

32 COMMENTS:

Sreelu said...

Kalva, Peas pulav chesanu kani eppudu eppudu raisin add cheyyaledu, i bet it tastes great

KALVA said...

Sreelu, i never thought of adding raisins until i had to make for my non Indian colleagues. Raisins soaked up the flavors from the spices and they were very juicy and plump.

Cynthia said...

Dear Kalva,

Thanks very much for taking the time to stop by my blog and leave a kind comment. It is truly appreciated. I hope that you come back and visit whenever you can.

I totally agree with you that this peas pilaf is among the best. I personally discovered it deliciousness earlier this year. It is a great dish to serve to vegetarians also.

KALVA said...

Cynthia, was spending hours at your site,.. Amazing array of recipes you have there and the pics truly beautiful!! Thanks for stopping by!

DEEPA said...

awesome recipe ....very different and must have tasted great ..thks for sharing

meeso said...

This looks so amazing...and, if you want to make some biriyani that is spicy enough to make my nose run and forehead sweat I am completely ok with that :D I promise I won't complain, I will just eat ;)

Shweta said...

What a well-spiced, lovely recipe. Must have tasted great!

Jayashree said...

Nice recipe....your write-up makes the dish sound delicious.

KALVA said...

Yes Deepa tough the pilaf wasnt that spicy, it was packed with so much flavor from the cinnamon and raisins..

KALVA said...

Meesogald to knowthat you can handle spicy food..Go ahead try this one with more green chillies and i am sure it satisfies you taste buds. Thanks dear for stopping by

KALVA said...

Thanks Shwetha, i wasnt actually sure how this was goin to turn into., Glad the spices worked and everyone at work liked the pulao.

KALVA said...

Thanks Jayashree glad you liked the peas pulao..

Kribha said...

I do peas pulav pretty much the same as yours. The only difference is I use some coconut milk too. Your plate of pulav looks so delicious and tempting. Nice one!

sunita said...

Kalva, thanks for sending over that lovely pilaf...can very well imagine how nice that must have tasted.

KALVA said...

Kribha, never added cocnut milk to pilaf let me look into your site if u have one such recipe for rice coconut milk pulao. Thanks for your time.

KALVA said...

Sunitha thanka for hosting such an event. Its like honoring the every day spices...

Siri said...

Thats one lovely looking Pilaf Kavla.. Awesome entry~

Seena said...

Very nice recipe. sooo simple and yum..

Namratha said...

Looks absolutely mouth watering Kalva, love the combo of raisins and peas...will try!

KALVA said...

Thanks Siri for your kind comment!

KALVA said...

Yes Namratha for the first time i tried the combo of peas and raisins and i hope it worked!!

sagari said...

wowwww pulao looks so temptingggggg i just love it have to try

KALVA said...

Thanks Seena for visiting my blog.. The peas pulao was really YUM!!

KALVA said...

Sagari, yes you can try this recipe without any doubt... It was so easy and simple !!

bee said...

that looks delicious. it must have been fragrant as well.

KALVA said...

Yes Bee it was so fragrant, everyone at work knew that it was some Indian dish just when i was reheating in the microwave.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Never tried peas pulav with raisins...!next time i will add raisins for sure.!Looks very nice!

Laavanya said...

I've never added raisins to peas pulao before... but this is just too tempting to not try. Looks wonderful Kalva.

KALVA said...

Hi Raks raisins( kismiss draksha we get back home will be even better) added that sweet little suprise...

Daily Meals said...

Hi Kalva! The peas pilaf looks great. It might have tasted nice with raisins.

im3vil said...

Great recepie...the pics look good..keep em comin!

im3vil said...

nice receipie..great pics.. keep em comin

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