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White Matar Pulao: A Restaurant Style Recipe

White matar pulao is a popular Indian dish that is made with basmati rice, green peas, onions, ginger, garlic, and aromatic spices. It is also known as matar wale chawal in Hindi. It is a simple and quick recipe that can be made in a pressure cooker or a pan on the stovetop. It goes well with raita, curries, or dals (lentils). It is also gluten-free and vegan-friendly.

White Matar Pulao Recipe


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons oil or ghee
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole cardamom pods
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole cinnamon stick
  • A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 green chilies, slit
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves (optional)
  • 2 cups frozen or fresh green peas, thawed if frozen
  • 2 tablespoons roasted cashews, chopped (optional)
  • A few paneer cubes (optional)


Step by Step Guide

  1. Wash the basmati rice under cool water until the water runs clear. Then soak it for at least 30 minutes in water. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat oil or ghee in a pressure cooker over medium-high heat. Add the whole spices and let them sizzle for a few seconds until they release their aroma.
  3. Add the onion, green chilies, garlic, salt and asafoetida and sauté until the onion turns golden brown.
  4. Add the rice and mix well with the onion mixture.
  5. Add water or vegetable stock and bring it to a boil.
  6. Cover the pressure cooker with a lid and cook on high flame for about 5 minutes or until the rice is almost done.
  7. Lower the flame and cook for another 10 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.
  8. Turn off the heat and let the pressure release naturally for about 10 minutes.
  9. Fluff up the rice with a fork and transfer it to a serving bowl.
  10. Sprinkle mint leaves, coriander leaves, cashews and paneer cubes if using over the rice.
  11. Enjoy your white matar pulao hot with some raita, salad or pickle.

Serving Size

This recipe serves about 4 people.

Nutritional Facts

One serving of white matar pulao provides approximately:

Calories Carbohydrates Protein Fat
287 40 g 6 g 14 g

Extra Tips

You can use any other vegetables you like instead of peas, such as carrots, potatoes, beans or cauliflower.

You can also add some lemon juice or yogurt to enhance the flavor of the rice.

You can make this dish ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

You can reheat it in an oven at 180°C for about 15 minutes or until hot.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is basmati rice?

Basmati rice is a long-grained aromatic variety of rice that originated in India.

What are paneer cubes?

Paneer cubes are pieces of cottage cheese that have a mild flavor when cooked.

What are cashews?

Cashews are edible nuts that have a creamy texture when roasted.

What are coriander leaves?

Coriander leaves are also known as cilantro leaves that have a citrusy flavor.

What are green peas?

Green peas are edible seeds that belong to the legume family.

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