Carrot Peas Pulao Recipe | Easy OPOS recipes | Pressure Cooker Recipes
Its summer, the blissful days when I don't have to worry about school and the likes. But I am not free from packing lunch and snack boxes unfortunately (no) thanks to sport camps and office!  Though I get an additional hour for cooking, the heat doesn't inspire me to  spend much time in the kitchen. So, quick meals are on the menu. One of the easy things to make is pulao.  Any vegetable or legume based pilaf are not only nutritious but easy as well.
Carrot Peas Pulao Recipe | Easy OPOS recipes | Pressure Cooker Recipes
Now add OPOS© cooking to the mix, you are literally done the whole packing business in under 30 minutes - from start (chopping, soaking) to finish (packed boxes and cleaning the kitchen). I have to make breakfast and then lunch (for the boxes) along with packing the snack box for both my husband and kid.  With OPOS, this task becomes stress free. Take this pulao for example. Bright orange carrots and green peas  with mild spices come together to make simple pulao.  I paired it with mixed vegetable curry (again pressure baked/OPOS'ed for about 5 minutes in another pressure cooker) and spinach raita (but blended the spinach into puree). A hearty and delicious meal all done in a jiffy :)
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  • Serves: 2-3
  • Yields: Around 3.5 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 1 cup chopped (abt 2 medium) Carrots
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1 tbsp ghee, see Tips
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin (jeera)
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2-3 Cloves
  • 1 green Cardamom
  • 1 green chili (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 2 tbsp chopped roasted almonds/nuts of your choice (optional)
Tips
1. Ghee: For vegan option, use coconut oil. Using extra virgin will give it a slight coconut flavor. If that's not favorable, use refined or any other oil of your choice.
Method
1. Wash and soak rice for at least 15-20 minutes.
2. In a standardized 2L pressure cooker, add ghee, green chilly (if using) cumin seeds, bay leaf, cloves and cardamom.
3. Next add the carrots, peas, drained rice, salt and 1 cup water (or vegetable stock). If you did not soak the rice, you would need additional 1/2- 1 cup water (depending on the quality of rice). Give it a mix.
4. Close the lid along with the weight and cook on HIGH heat for 2 whistles (around 6 minutes). Make sure the flame is covering the entire base of the pressure cooker but does NOT come up the sides. That causes burning of the handles.
5. Once the whistles are done, switch off the heat. Let the pressure settle down.
6. This is how it looks upon opening.
7. Fluff it lightly with a fork. Pulao all done :)
Garnish with toasted nuts of your choice. Chopped herbs like cilantro and mint work great.
Carrot Peas Pulao Recipe | Easy OPOS recipes | Pressure Cooker Recipes

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