Pressure Cooker Mushroom Peas Pulao

Sometimes it happens that you have many chores in your to do list when you wake up, but not able to do anything right. Today was such a day for me. It happens with all of us. Don’t mind it!!! Maybe its for something better, right?😊Anyways, today I was not in a mood to spend hours in kitchen and cook. I did a quick search in my refrigerator. There were no packed up leftovers of yesterday’s dinner also to save me😒…usually i have leftover rice or dosa batter that comes as a lifesaver to me. That’s when I noticed a pack of mushrooms which were going to be expired soon. I know that there is a pack of frozen peas also in the freezer. So I planned to make a pressure cooker mushroom peas pulao which is easy to prepare and lighten my mood too.

Mushroom Peas pulao is a very quick and easy recipe to save your time on busy days. It can be cooked in a pressure cooker and it takes only half an hour to get this pulao ready. This goes well with a cucumber raita and pickle. If you want to try something different from ghee rice or jeera rice that goes with a spiced chicken gravy like chicken kurma, mushroom peas pulao is a great recipe. I love one pot meals like this with the goodness of veggies in it. Its mild flavored and hence kids will love it.

Ingredients:

  1. Mushrooms sliced 1 lb (500 to 600 gm)
  2. Cloves 4
  3. Cardamom 3
  4. Cinnamon stick 1 inch
  5. Onion sliced 1 small
  6. Ginger 1 tsp
  7. Garlic 1 tsp
  8. Green chilli sliced 3
  9. Green peas     ¾  cup
  10. Turmeric powder ½ tsp
  11. Garam masala 1 tsp
  12. Basmati rice 2 cups
  13. Hot Water 3 cups
  14. Salt to taste
  15. Vegetable Oil/Butter 1 to 2 tbsp
  16. Coriander leaves 1 handful

Method:

  1. Soak basmati rice in water for 30 mins before using it and drain the water.
  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Once it is hot enough, add the whole spices numbered 2 to 4 and saute until fragrant.
  1. Add onion, chopped ginger, chopped garlic, green chili and saute until onions turns translucent.
  1. Add the mushrooms, turmeric powder and salt and cook uncovered in medium to high flame until mushrooms are almost cooked and water is evaporated.
  1. Add the green peas and saute for a min. Add garam masala and mix.
  1. Add basmati rice and stir fry for a few minutes. Now add the hot water, a handful of coriander leaves and enough salt.
  1. Close the pressure cooker with its lid and when the steam comes out profusely, put the weight and simmer the stove for 5 mins. Switch off the flame. Open the pressure cooker after 15 min/after pressure releases( whichever happens first) and fluff the rice. Mushroom peas pulao is ready.
  1. Garnish with the coriander leaves. Enjoy mushroom peas pulao with raita and pickle!

Tips

  1. Any variety of mushrooms can be used for making this pulao.
  2. Wash mushrooms well before use. Squeeze out water thoroughly.
  3. The quantity of water used is 1.5 times the quantity of basmati rice.
  4. When you add salt in step 6, the water should taste slightly more salty. It will balance when the rice boils.