Rice with Peas and Cauliflower

Gobi Matar Pulao- Rice with cauliflower and Peas

Gobi Matar Pulao- Rice with Cauliflower and Peas

I wanted to cook something simple for lunch- just one wholesome dish that the whole family would love on a lazy Saturday afternoon.  Opened the fridge and found peas and leftover cauliflower. Decided to cook rice in onion tomato base with a bit of spices and peas and cauliflower.  Coupled it with dahi raita- this made a nice Saturday afternoon lunch.

Ingredients (Serves Four)-

Rice 1 Bowl

One small cauliflower cut into pieces and peas – ½ bowl

3 onions pureed

2 tomatoes pureed

1-2 tsp garlic paste

4-5 cloves, 1-2 bay leaves, 1-2 cinnamon sticks

Oil- 1 Tbsp

Cream 1 Tb sp (optional)

Green Chilies- 1-2 – optional

Chopped coriander

Cumin Seeds 1 tsp, Coriander powder, Red chili powder and Garam Masala.


In a sauce pan, heat oil, now add the cumin seeds, bay leaves, cloves and the cinnamon stick. After a couple of minutes add the onion puree. Stir and add the garlic paste. Let this cook until the puree is golden brown (easily for  15 minutes) now add the tomato puree and stir add a bit of water if this starts getting dry. Stir and let it cook. I added a tbsp cream too at this stage but it is completely up to you- can be skipped.

Once the puree is cooked properly (I give it at least 30 minutes), add the peas and cauliflower and the spices, mix well. Now add the rice, stir softly and add water. Cover this and let it cook for 10-15 minutes.  Once done take if off the heat and garnish with coriander. Server it with plain curd or raita.