I’m experimenting cooking with the microwave these days. Yes, these experiments will be on till our landlord fixes the hob. I’m sure it suits all those friends of mine who do not know much about cooking and just know how to use the microwave to make themselves a bowl of instant noodles or some ready soup.
I was fed up of preparing salads & soups from the past few days, was craving for some rice. Picked up a can of garden peas from the grocers and fixed this meal.
This pilaf requires some of the most common ingredients present in any kitchen which is used to some Indian cooking. Ready in 15 mins. What more can you ask for?
Ingredients: (Serves 2) Preparation Time: 12-15 minutes
Basmati Rice – 1 cup measure
Water – 1.5 times the measure of rice used, (I made use of the time taken to fry onions to boil water in a kettle & kept it ready)
Onion – 1 large, finely chopped
Garden peas – 1/2 – 3/4 cup measure of rice used
Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp or more depends on your taste
Star anise – one part of the star of the star anise
Bay leaf – half of a medium-sized leaf torn into a few pieces
Cooking Oil – 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves (optional) – 1-2 sprigs, finely chopped
Salt to taste
Set your microwave to its highest power i.e the setting used for cooking. Take a microwave bowl which can take upto 1.5 litres of water when empty. Add oil to the bowl & heat the oil for 30s. Add the bay leaf & star anise to it. Put it back in the microwave and turn on the microwave for another 30s. Now add the chopped onions and turn on the microwave for another minute. Next add the garam masala powder, mix well and cook for a minute.
In the meanwhile wash the rice and keep it ready. Once the onions are ready add the rice mix well and cook it for about 30 seconds (If you are using fresh peas add them along with the rice here). Now add 1.5 measures of water to the bowl and mix along with salt to taste and cook for 5 minutes. Add the peas now and mix (I used ready cooked peas from a can hence I added it here). Keep it back in the microwave for another 5 minutes or till the water evaporates.
If you want to, garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Serve along with raita of your choice. I prepared spring onion raita to serve with this. I added some salad on the top as well.
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