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Peas Pulao (Matar Pulao Recipe)

Peas pulao or matar pulao is a delicious Indian rice dish with basmati rice, fresh or frozen green peas, few Indian whole spices and herbs. This one pot green peas pilaf is an easy to make dish that you can make in a pot, pressure cooker or instant pot. I have given the instructions for all the ways with tips and step by step photos. Matar means green peas in hindi and pulao is the Indian term for rice pilaf. Vegan and gluten free
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: matar pulao, Peas pulao
Servings: 3
Calories: 493kcal
Author: Harini


  • 1 cups= basmati rice
  • 1.5 cups green peas fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup tightly packed mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 2 cups water adjust as needed
  • 1 inch ginger peeled and crushed
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 green chilies
  • 3 tablespoons oil or ghee

Whole Spices

  • 3 cardamoms
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds


Preparing Rice

  • Pick and rinse 1 cup basmati rice to make matar rice thoroughly once or twice. Soak rice in plenty of water for 20 minutes. Drain the rice in a colander and spread on a wide plate. Set aside for 10 minutes.
    how to cook basmati rice

Cook Matar Pulao

  • Heat oil or ghee in a heavy bottomed pan. Once the oil is hot add the spices- bay leaf, green cardamoms, cumin seeds, cloves and cinnamon stick. You can also crush the spices slightly to release oils for more flavor.
    sauteing whole spices for peas pulao
  • Once the spices are well sautéed add chopped onions. Saute and cook for a minute.
    thinly sliced onions added to sautéed spices in matar pulao recipe
  • Now add chopped mint leaves or coriander leaves. Saute for few seconds. Next add slit green chilies, ginger garlic paste or minced ginger garlic and saute well for 30 seconds.
    mint leaves added
  • Now add the green peas and mix well. Saute for 2 minutes.
    green peas added
  • Next add the drained rice and mix very gently.
    soaked and drained rice added to peas for making pulao
  • Saute in toast the rice very well in high heat for a minute.
    sauteing rice with peas
  • Once done, add 2 cups of water and salt to taste. Mix gently. Bring the water to a gentle boil, keeping the pan open. Next cover the pan and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the rice is cooked.
    water added for making peas pulao recipe
  • Once done open the pan and fluff the rice with a fork very gently.
    peas pulao or matar pulao ready
  • Transfer peas pulao to a serving plate and serve hot.
    peas pulao


  1. Do not miss the mint leaves in this recipe.
  2. You can add 2 tablespoons methi leaves along with mint leaves.
  3. If you wish to add vegetables like potatoes,carrots, add along with peas and adjust water.


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 323mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 567IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3mg