Dried green peas are one of my favorite dried beans, they taste quite different than the fresh/frozen green peas. I like to sneak them in wherever possible. This time when I had a bunch of soaked peas, I thought of mixing them with rice to make a one pot dish. I added eggs to it as we love eggs, but this is fully optional. Fennel seeds give a very strong and nice flavor to this dish.
1/2 cup dried green peas (soak overnight and pressure cook)
1 and 1/2 cups basmati rice
5 eggs (boiled, peeled and cut into pieces) (Optional)
2 Bay leaves
1/2 tea spn fennel seeds (badishepi/saunf)
1/2 tea spn coriander seeds
1/2 tea spn cumin seeds
4-5 red chillies
1 tea spn garlic
1 tea spn ginger
1/2 cup onion
1/2 cup tomato
Heat oil and add cloves, cinnamon, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, onion, ginger, garlic and fry for few minutes. Add tomato, little salt and let it cook till tomato becomes slightly mushy. Add chillies and mix again. Grind it to a paste (I left it a little coarse, make a smooth paste if desired).
Heat ghee and add cardamom and bay leaf. Add washed rice and fry for few minutes. Add paste, mix.
Add salt, cooked peas and eggs (if using). Pour in about 3 cups water (be careful while adding water, if cooked peas have a lot of water, modify the water added at this step).
Cook till done. Serve hot on its own or with raita.
Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 50mins