Pilau with peas

This spicy rice serves eight so is ideal if you’ve got friends coming over for curry

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:20 mins
  • Serves 8
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 330
  • fat 9g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 58g
  • sugars 4g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 8g
  • salt 0.22g


  • 500g basmati rice
  • 6 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 8 cloves
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 3 green chillies, split lengthways, but not cut all the way through
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 700ml vegetable stock
  • 250g frozen peas


  1. Wash the rice, then soak in enough cold water to cover for 15 mins. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pan with a lid, add the cumin seeds and cloves, then fry until fragrant. Stir in the onions, then reduce the heat and cook with the lid on for 10 mins, stirring occasionally or until soft. Add the chillies and bay leaves, then increase the heat and fry until the onions are golden.

  2. Drain the rice, then add it to the onions and spices, stirring to coat the grains with oil. Cover the rice with stock and bring to a simmer. Scatter the frozen peas on top, put the lid on, then cook on a very low heat for 12-15 mins – don’t be tempted to remove the lid.

  3. Turn the heat off and leave, with the lid on, for another 5 mins. Lightly fluff up the rice with a fork before serving.

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