Peas and Cashew Fried Rice

28 Aug

A one-dish rich rice meal bulging with flavors -whole garam masala, the heat and crunch of peppercorns, peas and cashew nuts, fried onions and ghee. On a Sunday afternoon at home, what more could I ask for?


You Need:

  • Boiled rice – 2 cups, cooled
  • Peas – 1 cup
  • Onions – 2, sliced
  • Salt – to taste
  • Cashew nuts – 1/2 cup
  • Cumin seeds – 2 teaspoons
  • Pepper corns – 1 teaspoon, whole or coarsely crushed
  • Cinnamon – 1-inch stick
  • Cloves – 4
  • Ghee – 1.5 tablespoons

How To:

In the non-stick pan, heat half a tablespoon of ghee. Add cumin seeds, pepper corns, cloves and the cinnamon stick. When the jeera turns dark, add cashew nuts. After half a minute, add the sliced onions. Fry on medium-high till the onions brown.

While the onions brown, do the peas in a second, bigger non-stick pan. Heat half a tablespoon of ghee and cook the peas till tender with a little sprinkling of salt. I used frozen peas that take around 5 minutes to get done on medium heat. Boiled rice goes in next, topped with 3/4th of the fried onion-cashew masala.

Mix it all together with a gentle hand, adjust salt and drizzle the remaining ghee over the rice. Toss and shake the pan every other minute, cook for a further ten minutes till the peas and cashew fried rice begins to give off a lovely aroma.

peas-and-cashew-fried-rice

To Serve:

Sprinkle the remaining fried onion-cashew masala over the rice before serving.

Peas and cashew fried rice tastes great on its own, with maybe a tomato chutney or a sweet and sour ginger chutney on the side.

6 Responses to “Peas and Cashew Fried Rice”

  1. raquel @ Erecipe August 28, 2011 at 5:59 PM #

    this recipe is a complete meal, it is really great eating nutritious food like this.

    • S August 28, 2011 at 8:32 PM #

      Glad you like it, raquel.

  2. Tadka Pasta September 12, 2011 at 2:18 AM #

    Oh yum! Perfect for that lazy Sunday afternoon.

    • S September 12, 2011 at 8:20 AM #

      Yes, easy and tasty at the same time – nothing like it. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Shoba Shrinivasan September 19, 2011 at 10:21 AM #

    I love love one pot meals as I can get them done way ahead of time and simply add the rice at the last minute to finish off!!! I am sure the peppercorns must be giving it a nice twist!

    Shobha

    • S September 20, 2011 at 6:27 PM #

      Welcome here Shoba. I love the taste of whole peppercorns, so yes – they worked very well for me.

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