Indian Cuisine: Rice with Peas (Mutter Pulao)

The Apple Raisin Curry Chicken is best served on rice. Therefore, the South Arm Cooking Club for seniors made and an Indian rice dish to complement the curry chicken.


The Rice with Peas also known as Mutter Pulao or pilaf uses whole spices because they lend a more nuanced flavour than ground spices. Be sure to remove them before eating.


  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice or basmati rice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 3 or 4 cardamon pods, cracked
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground tumeric
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, defrosted in a strainer under running water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/4 cups hot water


Source: this recipe is adapted from

Prep time: 10 minutes;  Cook time: 40 minutes;  Serve 4 to 6


Rice-With-Peas-6-300x200Wash the rice well and leave to soak in cold water for 30 minutes, then drain well.Heat the butter in a heavy saucepan and fry the cloves, cinnamon, cardamom pods and cumin seeds, for 1 minute.
Rice-With-Peas-3-300x200Add rice, hot water. salt and turmeric.
Rice-With-Peas-4-300x200Add peas and bring quickly to a boil, then turn heat to the lowest setting, cover with a well fitting lid and cook for 25 to 30 minutes without lifting the lid or stirring. Uncover at the end of cooking time to allow steam to escape for about 3 minutes. Remove whole spices, fork rice grains lightly and serve hot with meat or vegetable curries.

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  1. Starrynite Hooi

    I love your website, I’m staying in Malaysia and I seldom cook even though I can get the ingredients of certain dishes easily,maybe I should cook more ^^ look forward to more recipes from you !

    1. Ben

      Hi Starrynite Hooi: I see that you are a Penang-lang. Wah-eh mak pun see Penang-lang chu di Jelutong. He he he … how’s my Hokkien? Ben

  2. Tonya

    I’m trying your recipe out as we speak and it smells delicious!

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