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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Simply Delicious Matar Pulav...Green Pea Pilaf With Whole Spices

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Basmati_pulao

Matar Pulav is a fresh,flavorful and easy to make rice dish. A few pounded whole spices, green pea pods, Basmati rice and ghee/butter is all one needs. Despite of a number of whole spices used, this pilaf is perfectly mild, the aroma of spices permeating through each spoonful.J
We love savoring this rice with chopped fresh mint and curry for a delectable lunch. J

Serves : 4

Ingredients Required
whole spices

clean and dry basmati rice

fresh green pea pods

⁕ 2 cups long grained rice, preferably Basmati...cleaned, soaked in water for 15 minutes and water drained completely

⁕ 2 cups fresh green pea pods (thawed if frozen)

3 cups of water

⁕ 2 tablespoons ghee/butter/oil (tastes best with ghee)

⁕ 2 medium sized bay leaves (tej patta)

⁕ 2 numbers 1 inch stick cinnamon (dalchini)

⁕ 1 blade mace (javitri)

⁕ 3 cloves (laung)

⁕ 2/3 teaspoon whole black peppercorns (sabut kali mirch)

⁕ 2 black cardamoms, pods extracted and crushed (badi elaichi)

⁕ 2 green cardamoms, pods extracted and crushed (choti elaichi)

⁕ 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (sabut jeera)

⁕ Salt to taste

Process : We have used a pressure cooker to make this pilaf. You may opt for making it in a rice cooker. After frying rice and pea pods in spices, you may transfer the contents into a rice cooker...follow manufacturer's instructions for amount of water and cooking time. 

Coarsely pound black peppercorns, cloves, mace and both cardamom pods.
                                          spices whole and pounded

Heat ghee on high, add cumin seeds and allow to crackle.
                                          cumin seeds crackling in ghee

Turn heat to medium, add bay leaves and cinnamon. Stir for a few seconds till aromatic.
                                          added cinnamon and bay leaves

Next, add previously pounded spices and stir.
                                          pounded spices, flavorful pilaf

Turn heat to low. Gently stir in rice and fry for a minute till well coated with ghee and spices.
                                          added rice and stirred

Add pea pods,stir and add water.Season with salt and stir to dissolve.
                                          just before adding water & salt

Close lid and pressure cook on medium heat for 2-3 whistles(Different varieties of Basmati take slightly different time to cook...ours gets perfect at 3 whistles). Turn off heat. After pressure gets released automatically, open lid and fluff up the rice grains with a fork. Serve with fresh chopped mint and your favorite curry.

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ü  This Pilaf tastes best with aromatic long grained rice and ghee. Ghee can be substituted by butter or odorless oil if needed.

ü  Spices, whole or pounded are stirred in ghee to release their aroma and must not burn while doing so.Pounded spices add a delicious flavor in this pilaf.

ü  Rice is gently given a stir with spices and ghee before cooking as it helps the grains to hold their shape while cooking and for well distribution of flavors.It is always cooked in medium heat for the perfect texture of pilaf.

ü  Fluffing up rice with a fork will prevent the cooked grains from getting deformed.Gently fluff up for a perfect pilaf...each rice grain separate from the other.

Happy Cooking & Have A Great Day!!!















100 comments:

  1. Simple yet so delicious! What a fabulous spiced rice dish and so comforting. Perfect for this time of year. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Hi Stacy,thanks so much for your kind words,we always feel inspired....oh yes yes this mildly spiced rice is true comfort food and perfect for celebrations as well,thanks...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  3. That's a wonderful simple and yet elegant rice dish.
    Could nearly feel the aroma of all the spices just by looking at the pictures!

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    1. Hi Daniela,isn't this pilaf simple,thanks so much for your inspiring words our friend...yes the aromas while this rice cooks is addictive,thanks...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  4. Very nice rice, how curious that with so many whole spices it does not overpower the flavor. My kind of rice!

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    1. Hi Evelyne,yes that's one of the things we prefer in pilafs too...mild flavors of spices not overwhelming and thus this is one of our favorite dishes,hope you love savoring this pilaf as much as we did,thanks so much for your kind words...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  5. I love rice pilafs and this will go so well with the chicken curry on my menu this weekend. Thank you!!

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    1. Hi Zainab,oh this rice will go wonderfully with curries...we assure you will love it for a weekend lunch,thanks so much for your sweet comments...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  6. I love the herbs and spices in your rice, a beautiful side dish to go with so many of your other delicious dishes. Cardamon is so fragrant in rice. Have a super weekend. BAM

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    1. Hi Bam,so glad you love this spiced rice...yes cardamom makes dishes taste sweetly fragrant...hope you love savoring this with your favorite curry too,thanks for your sweet comments...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  7. I love fried rice with extra peas so I think I'd really like this dish! :D

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    1. Hi Lorraine,oh yumm we heart fried rice with extra peas too...yes we assure you will love savoring this dish,thanks for your kind words...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  8. This looks to be a simple to cook and easy pulao.. Droolworthy :-)

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    1. Hi Nilu,isn't this rice simple enough for a delicious quick fix,glad you liked it,thanks for your kind words our friend...HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! :-)

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  9. I love pulav, the beautiful aromas and a very satisfying meal. Yours looks great !! :-)

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    1. Hi Amelia,this is one pulav you are going to love trying out and savoring alike...it is super easy and the results are delicious,thanks for your sweet comments...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  10. I love all the spices in this rice. I bet it would be delicious with so many curry dishes!

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    1. Hi Amy,oh yes yes you are absolutely right on pairing this rice with almost any curry...it does taste scrumptious,thanks so much for your kind comments...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  11. This rice looks wonderful! I love all the spices in here, such a comforting dish :) Thanks so much for sharing :)

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    1. Hi Kelly, this rice is full of mild fragrances from the spices going into making it....and it is real comfort food....hope you love savoring it...thanks for your inspiring words...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  12. I am a spice lover...I would be quite happy to have this wonderful rice pilaf!!!

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    1. Hi Denise...aren't spices wonderful when used while cooking...makes every dish so much comforting,glad you love this pilaf,thanks for your inspiring comments...HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! :-)

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  13. MMmm, this looks fantastic and would be wonderful with curry!

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    1. Hi Amy,thanks so much for your inspiring words....this pilaf is gonna be one of your favorites to try out with curries...we assure,thanks...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  14. I love cardamom in this rice - I can only imagine how good your whole house smelt while cooking this rice!

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    1. Hi Shashi, all we can say is you spoke our mind....the whole home smelled like a spice haven as this rice cooked....just one more reason we love this pilaf,thanks for your sweet comments...HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! :-)

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  15. Recently I started making rice pilaf in pressure cooker. Isn't that such a great time saver? I love the fact that all the flavors are blended well when cooked in a closed pressure cooker and I can almost smell the aroma of your pilaf.

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    1. Hi Shibi,oh how true...we can't imagine cooking this pulav as a quick fix for lunches without a pressure cooker....they are indeed time savers....and the results are amazing too,so glad you loved this pilaf,thanks for your kind words...HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! :-)

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  16. I bet this is a wonderfully fragrant dish. GG

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    1. Hi GG, thanks for your sweet comments...this rice is absolutely flavorful...we assure you will love it,thanks...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  17. I do love the sweet spices in this rice, perfect with sweet peas! Delish!

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    1. Hi Kari,you are absolutely right about the spices...their sweet fragrances pair beautifully with sweet peas and we assure you are going to love this pilaf,thanks for your ever kind words...HAVE A GOOD DAY!!! :-)

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  18. I love rice pilafs! All those spices are so good with rice! Yummy and simple, too, what's not to like?

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    1. Hi Julia,yes yes this is why we love this pilaf...easy,quick to make and absolutely flavorful with all those spices...so glad you liked it too,thanks for your inspiring words...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  19. This looks delicious, and it's great how simple it is to prepare. I love the use of spices in this dish :)

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    1. Hi Ada,we assure you are going to love making and savoring this pilaf alike...thanks for your inspiring comments...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  20. This is one of my favourite pilau. I love peas and rice so those two combined is the bomb., thanks for sharing your recipe, I love it!

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    1. Hi Nazneen,we absolutely agree with you...this pilau is a bomb of fresh flavors and delectable taste,so glad you loved this dish,thanks for your ever kind words,we feel inspired...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  21. Mmm..this looks delicious. It must smell very fragrant. Thank you for sharing the recipe with tips. I may try it out one of these days ^.^

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  22. Hi Sharon,we are so glad you like this pea pilaf...it is going to be one easy peasy rice to make and a delicious one to savor...thanks for your kind words our friend...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  23. Kumars I love this rice, look awesome!

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  24. Hi Gloria,thanks so much for your kind words our friend...we feel inspired...we assure you will love savoring this pilaf too,thanks...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  25. This is just so beautiful and aromatic! I think that, even by itself, this would make for a wonderful lunch! Thank you - I love the visual directions, too! ~ David

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    1. Hi David, yes this pilaf can make a delicious lunch by itself...you can also pair it with some mint raita if needed,thanks so much for your ever kind words,we feel inspired...HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! :-)

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  26. Fantastic flavors! A tasty pilaus.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Hi Rosa,so happy you liked the blend of flavors in this pilau...we assure you will love its taste too,thanks for your sweet comments...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  27. I could eat this all by itself, it sounds so aromatic and delicious!

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    1. Hi Angela,isn't this pilaf delicious and simple to make....we assure you will love to lunch on this,thanks for your inspiring words...HAVE A GOOD DAY!!! :-)

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  28. I can't say not to anything made with rice. What more its a tempting dish. Keeping the recipe aside to be tried out for the next weekend.

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    1. Hi Navaneetham,yes we share this...we can never turn down rice....and it is a pleasure to know you will be making this pilaf next weekend,thanks for your kind words...HAVE A GOOD DAY!!! :-)

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  29. simple yet a yummy flavorful rice

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    1. Hi Ruxana,so happy you liked this simple treat....at times all we need are simple dishes which give us ultimate comfort...this pilaf is one such,thanks so much for your kind comments...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  30. Yum this looks so good! It's such a simple but interesting recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Warm welcome to our blog Lillian, we feel glad you liked the simplicity in this pilaf...we assure you are going to love the flavor as well,thanks so much for your sweet words...HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! :-)

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  31. Not much better than a simple dish of well seasoned rice. Makes one appreciate all the gifts we often take for granted.

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    1. Hi Abbe, we felt touched after reading your sweet comments....life often whispers not to take things for granted and we often do...but at times those simple things feel like treasures...thanks for reminding us this truth...we feel inspired,we assure you are going to love savoring this pilaf,thanks...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  32. delicious pulav and lovely pictures!!!

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    1. Hi Sangeetha, isn't this simple pilaf glorious...so happy you love the flavors of this dish,thanks for your kind words...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  33. Yes, pounding the spices should make the spices nice and aromatic. Today, I made a salad with fresh green soybeans out of the pod- I can imagine substituting the peas with the soybeans to give a slightly crunchy texture.

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    1. Hi Fran, oh yes yes you are absolutely right about pounding the spices...yum salad with edamame must be so fresh and tasty...definitely will work for this pilaf too...give it a try you are going to love it,thanks for your sweet words...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  34. Peas Pulao looks elegant and simply delicious.

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    1. Hi Sanoli,thanks a ton for your comments...we loved your version of this pilaf too...thanks...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  35. I love anything with rice and adding Indian spices can only take it to a different level. It looks so mouthwatering too. I could eat it by itself!

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    1. Hi Sonali, so happy you love the hint of spiciness this pilaf has...it is a pleasure you are going to have this sometime...you sure are going to love it,thanks for your kind words...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  36. YUMMY N EASY PULAV..NEED SOME GRAVY N 2ND CLIK IS AWESUM

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    1. Hi Maha, glad you loved the food clicks and the pulav...oh yes this got to be accompanied with some curry for a full on lunch...we assure you are going to love the flavors in this dish,thanks for your kind words...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  37. Simple, flavorful and delicious pilaf..

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    1. Hi Hema, so glad you like this simple pulav,thanks for your kind words...HAVE A GOOD DAY!!! :-)

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  38. Looks simple and delicious!

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    1. Hi Beth,we assure you are going to love the flavor blend in this simple pilaf too,thanks for your inspiring comments...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  39. Such a nice dish. Simple, yet flavorful. This looks terrific - thanks so much.

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    1. Hi John, we feel glad you loved the flavors in this rice...thanks so much for your ever kind words...HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! :-)

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  40. We love a great pea dinner so I would love to try this very soon! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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    1. Hi Pamela,oh this pilaf will make a terrific dinner....so happy you are going to try this out...our pleasure...thanks so much...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  41. simply yumm...nice to visit ur blog. Following it :) do visit mine too n follow :) Happy blogging! Haffa's kitchen adventures

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    1. Hi Haffa, thanks a ton for your kind words...we feel inspired....hope you like this pilaf too,thanks...HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! :-)

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  42. This rice sounds so flavorful and tasty! Peas are one of my favorites but I can never think of anything new to make them with-this is perfect!

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    1. Hi Andj,thanks a ton for your sweet comments...it is our pleasure you are going to try this easy pea pilaf out...you are going to love making and savoring it...assured,thanks...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  43. It's so simple and it looks extremely delicious and aromtic!
    Really beautiful

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    1. Hi Chef, thanks so much for your kind words,we feel inspired....this pilaf comforts when we are on the run to have something different as a side...hope you like savoring it too,thanks..HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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    1. Hi Milana,oh we share a load of this pilaf with you virtually...we assure you are going to love trying this simple dish out...the taste is delicious,thanks so much for your inspiring comments...HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! :-)

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    1. Hi Joanne, so glad you loved this rice...it makes a delicious,no-fuss side especially when we are on the run,thanks for your sweet comments...HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

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    1. Hi Ashley, oh yes you are right...it smells wonderful with all those spices going in but never is an overload...bet you would love making and savoring this pilaf....thanks so much...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  47. I love how the peas made this rice dish looks festive!

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    1. Hi Peachy, yes you said it...this pilaf is quite simple to make, easy and quick...the dots of peas speckled all over make this a lovely side for a special meal,thanks so much...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  48. Mi querida Kumar amo el arroz con guisantes una verdadera delicia al paladar ,abrazos.

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    1. Hi Rosita,so glad you like this pea rice....thanks so much for your kind words our friend...HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! :-)

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  49. Hello from Brisbane, Australia! I am so delighted to have found your wonderful blog. Beautiful, comprehensive recipes and clear instructions. Happy to be your newest follower :)

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    1. Warm Welcome to our blog Anna, we feel so inspired reading your kind comments,thanks...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  50. Pulav looks so yummy...love the stepwise pics....

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    1. Hi Sushma, thanks so much for your kind comments...glad you liked the step clicks...HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!!! :-)

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  51. Mutter pulao is one of my all time fav rice dish :) Ur version looks yum :) beautiful clicks ..

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    1. Hi Sowmya, oh we too love this pilaf...simple to make and deliciously aromatic...so happy you love it,thanks...HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! :-)

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  52. peas and cardamom seem like a really interesting pairing, definitely worth a taste!

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  53. Hi Grace,you are so right about the flavors of cardamom and peas together and they work magic in this pilaf...glad you liked this dish,thanks so much...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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  54. Very yummmy & delicious pulao.My all time favourite.You made it perfectly.Nice presentation.
    Shobha
    www.shobhapink.blogspot.in

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    1. Hi Shobha,thanks so much for your kind words...it is our pleasure sharing this dish with you...glad you liked the pics too,thanks...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! :-)

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